Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Surprise Library and Cherry Ames, Student Nurse

I was in the sixth grade when our family moved to Viet Nam. You never want me on your side in a Trivial Pursuit game . . . I know nothing about American culture or television during those years. But there was one surprise that I did not expect, which makes me okay in the literature portion of Trivial Pursuit.

We lived in the city of Dalat, which originally was the home of the famous Dalat School for missionary kids. Soon after we arrived and settled in our new school, the war worsened and a decision was made to move the school to a safer location.

Amazingly, the US government provided four huge transport planes, to move our entire school from Dalat, Viet Nam to Bangkok, Thailand. Our text books went right on the plane with us.

Fortunately for me, there was no room to pack up and take the entire fully stocked school library. This meant that every summer and every spring when we were home for two months, I had full access to the library. In fact, I used it so much, they just gave our family a key. Imagine it . . . a library nearly to myself.


(Gifts from my friend Melia.)

This is where I first met Cherry Ames and I began with Cherry Ames, Student Nurse and read through the whole series several times. This series of 21 books, written by Helen Wells, encouraged many to choose nursing as a career. In 2006, the Cherry Ames series was reprinted, because there was a nursing shortage in the states.


(Dave and the girls recently bought me one of the new reprints.)

So, we lived in a small highlands town in  Southeast Asia, in the middle of a huge war . . . and I had my own personal library. How very very sweet of the Lord! "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights . . . " (James 1:17)

Did you have a favorite book series when you were growing up?

Enjoying a hot summer day with the lovely Soli Sisters.



28 comments:

  1. I simply can not top your story. What wonderful memories. I did, however, write this piece about my summer reading memories:

    http://hillcrestcottagelife.blogspot.com/2008/08/sweet-smell-of-summer-reading.html

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  2. Great story! My favorite series from elementary school was the Little House books. Now my favorite kid's series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Being a teacher gives me an excuse to read children's books.

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  3. I had a few series that I really enjoyed - Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden (I remember Peggy introduced me to that one!). I also remember walking home from school and I got to pass the library every day. I stopped in there more days than I didn't - it really was my favorite place. I recall that one of the first book series I read through was The Childhood of Famous Americans. So I should probably have been encouraged to become a history loving detective ... maybe I should change my last name to Holmes? (another series of books I read, btw)

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  4. Glenda...I loved Nancy Drew. That is when I discovered the magic of reading :)

    Jeanne xx

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  5. Another Nancy Drew fan here ~ I remember them well. I cannot ever remember not reading which my friend is a good thing.... xo

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  6. What a wonderful story! And what a fascinating childhood you had . . . Your life is fodder for a terrific book.
    I loved Trixie Beldon and Little House on the Prairie books.

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  7. Wow, Glenda, what an interesting life you've lead. It's so cool that you had a library of interesting books at your disposal during that time.

    My all-time favorite, while not a series, was Charlotte's Web. I also read the Wizard of Oz and of course as many Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys mysteries as I could get my hands on.

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  8. Cherry Ames was one of them!! An older cousin who did become a nurse, got me started on them and I adored the series. Thought I wanted to be a nurse for awhile...

    Nancy Drew was HUGE for me. I went through the biography phase, reading any and everybody's biography I could get my hands on. Thanks for bringing back the memories, Glenda!

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  9. I loved Nancy Drew, but it was Charlotte's Web, Black Beauty and many others that really made my imagination take-off.
    pve

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  10. I loved Little House on the Prairie. In fact I still do. And, I still love going to the library.

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  11. Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables. My mom had all of the Anne books that her grandma had given her and which I now have. A treasure! the other Anne : )

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  12. My Grandma gave me her WWII girlhood collection of Cherry Ames-- the first few propaganda laden volumes. I've been picking up copies of the later volumes at antique stores ever since!

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  13. Have you ever written any short stories? Any books for young people? Hmmmm maybe you have a few in you?

    Bet you were a sweet nurse.

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  14. Hi Glenda, I liked the Alfred Hitchcock the three investigators series. I still love books and used to spend lots of time in the library. I think I loved the library. But where I live now the library doesn't have the same feel and because of the internet i think they've lost interest. But I still love reading, especially stories of people overcoming in Christ.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  15. This is so interesting, you make me want to read more. How good the Lord is! Your very own library... it's like having a secret garden, a sanctuary while a war is raging around you. How special is that!
    Nancy Drew and Enid Blyton series such as Malory Towers and the Famous Five were very popular when I was growing up in Fiji in the late 60's and 70's. My young daughter is now reading the same and thoroughly enjoying them. I loved the Little Women series and Jo of course was my favourite character. :)

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  16. Jeannette ~ I have never written any short stories or books. Have always thought it would be fun to write a book.

    Just for the record, :-), I was a teacher. I guess even reading all the Cherry Ames books wasn't enought to make me want to be a nurse. I always wanted to teach . . . and see blogging as a form of teaching, in a small way.

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  17. This is so beyond precious. I love how generous the Lord is with His gifts - and how personal they are.

    I loved Nancy Drew. The Babysitter's Club.

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  18. Books speak to me more than anything else. There is nothing like a good book in your hands :)

    Because I came to this country late, I discovered books at a later age, but I was always drawn to the Regency Period in England.

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  19. I had trouble reading as a child and still do. I high school I hung out with "heavy, deep and real" brainy kids and read a lot of philosophical work by the likes of Hermann Hesse. I could barely understand him but I got the feelings. At least the reading caused me to search for meaning in life and I ended up becoming a Christian. It is all good, as they say. Still have to make heroic efforts to read, even simple blogs, that's why I visit so few of them on this blog hop. So sorry for that...

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  20. I loved Nancy Drew and Grace Livingston Hill. Isn't that funny!!!

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  21. trying again to comment...loved the series you mentioned, Glenda, as well Nancy Drew and scads of others. When Daddy would let me, I'd read his Little Giant books...what a special treat!

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  22. Oh! that would have been my idea of heaven! What a wonderful gift!
    Blessings!

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  23. When our family moves overseas, I hope we can have a library as well. It's one of those little desires the Lord knows. So glad the Lord provided for you!

    -Mel

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  24. Glenda-
    I loved "The Boxcar Children". The original was my favorite book but I enjoyed the later books, as well.
    It is raining here today, although it is supposed to clear off later in the day.
    I miss you.
    Love,
    Heidi

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  25. I read the Little House Series and all the Nancy Drew books. I loved reading and still do. I enjoyed reading about your memories:)

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  26. Oh, I love this post! And I see we have been on the same train of thought with library posts. How neat. Yes, I loved so many books - but especially the Nancy Drew series. My brother read The Hardy Boys and we had many adventures together pretending to solve various mysteries!

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  27. Glenda - this is a lovely story. Such fond memories. I also loved to read as a child and I still enjoy it. Some of my favorite childhood books were Charlotte's Web (and I'm terribly afraid of spiders!) and The Incredible Journey. I never read the Cherry Ames books - they sound wonderful.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  28. I love the glimpses we get of your life--such a rich life. I did read Cherry Ames, my sister liked them better than I did. I loved biographies and Elsie Dinsmore. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I read constantly--reading an average a book a day when a highschool senior. By that time I am embarrassed to say they were love stories. But I was in love with my RB and he was the hero of each one.

    Still reading,
    Pamela

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