Robin Annual 1970
two, not so little girls, who simply hate helping their Mummy do the house work. Or keeping their bedrooms tidy!
btw, I know this is not going to elicit any sort of positive reaction from A and A (as far as cleaning goes) but I thought it was sweet and funny and that you might think so too...
In my quest to fill this little shelf with vintage Ladybirds I have also found some gorgeous vintage childrens annuals, too cute to leave behind getting even mustier in the oppie. I love the hilarious little stories and cunning anecdotes meant to encourage young readers to be good girls and boys. Hmmm, I wonder how successful they were...
It's those stories, the ones that don't intend to be funny, just like Shelia's Super Sweeper, that I think, are the funniest of all.
Things have changed alot since 1970. Well durr! (or even durr-Fred, which I've just remembered saying all the time when I was a kid... did you?) I don't think too many kiddos today would attack the carpets with the same zest and zeal as Shelia does, even if they were lucky enough to have a carpet sweeper of their own, do you? (and what's a carpet sweeper anyway? these days it would probably be a tiny little Dyson! A working one!)
Mine, even as toddlers, would have lost interest very quickly...it is a major coup, here at our house, if they pull their doona's up over otherwise unmade beds once or twice a week!
I know this is my fault really, but I grew up in a house where cleanliness was next to Godliness (hospital corners were de rigueur) and I didn't want to inflict the same agony and torture (this is 10 year old me speaking) on my own children. What I realize now, is that if I'd adopted a more balanced attitude to chores ( doesn't that word conjur up images of Little House on the Prairie) and cleaning when my girls were little, there'd be waaay less cleaning for me to do now. And less screaming too.
btw, I'm a Virgo, I am completely o.t.t. when it comes to cleaning. I really don't care if your house is messy (truly) but I like mine to be sparkling. If I had a cleaner, I would clean the house before she arrived! That's how crazy I am. Sooooo, it's probably a good thing my girls have messy bedrooms, right?
Gosh, I've gone way to far with this. It's definetely time to stop. And I'm about to, but not before I thank Nelly for sending me these little darlings...
Hooray! My little collection has grown!
I am so appreciative of your kindness and generosity Nelly.
And here's a particularly appropriate page from the Five Little Kittens to end