Chester Chatter: From flag kids to money cakes

By Ruthie Douglas
©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC

For some time when my daughters were young, I became enamored with Women’s Day magazine. It was full of good ideas and advice.

During the summer of 1976, for the U.S. Bicentennial, it suggested buying back-to-school clothes for our in children red, white and blue and mixing and matching them so that it seemed that they had a larger wardrobe.  So that is exactly what I did.

After a month of wearing these outfits, my daughters let me know that they were tired of looking like an American flag.

So I slowly began weaving other clothes into their wardrobes.

During summer vacation, once a week I would bake a large cake and mix up some Kool-Aid for drinks then invite all our daughters’ friends to come over for a treat.

Each cake contained a quarter baked into it and the hunt for the prize delighted all the kids.  As weeks went by, there were many cakes and more and more quarters.

Just recently I ran into one of those long-ago cake eaters, who remembered being so excited about those Friday parties. He gave me a big kiss for all the fun he had had with those cakes.

Out and about

The Springfield High Class of 1959 is planning our first monthly get-together in more than a year under the Covid-19 pandemic. We gather at Riverside Restaurant once a month.

Deb Aldrich and her husband Jeff have returned after a two-week motorcycle trip down the East Coast.

My dear little friend Skylar Rogers had surgery recently for her appendix. She is doing well.

I finally got my special dress to marry my grandson Alex and his fiancee Kathrin. I have five grandchildren and I have officiated at all their weddings.

Happy anniversary Mert and Leslie Graham, who have been married 35 years.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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  1. Pat Schomann says:

    What a great memory to have! I’m sure your daughters and their friend do remember well those cake and koolaid parties!