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By Brenda Ashford

Brenda Ashford is the indispensable British nanny. Prim and correct, light and sort, she turns out to have stepped immediately out of Mary Poppins. For greater than six many years Nanny Brenda swaddled, diapered, dressed, performed with, sang to, cooked for, and taken care of a couple of hundred little ones. From the pampered little children of lords ensconced of their grand estates to the youngsters of tricky conflict evacuees in London’s East finish, Brenda has taught numerous childrens to be at liberty, fit, and punctiliously good bred. during this pleasant memoir, Brenda stocks her endearing, a laugh, and occasionally downright weird and wonderful stories turning generations of kids into profitable adults.

From the instant Brenda first held her child brother David she was once hooked. She grew to become a moment mom to him, altering his nappies, studying him tales, and giving him the entire love her hot center contained. figuring out a profession taking care of little ones used to be her calling in lifestyles, Brenda attended London’s prestigious Norland university, well-known for generating top-notch nannies. It was once an indication of privilege and strong style for the kids of the well-to-do to be noticeable being driven of their Silver go prams by means of Norland nannies, who have been recognizable through their crisp, starched black uniforms with white bib collars, and their flowing black capes coated with pink silk. And what talents have been those trainees established on day-by-day? Lullaby making a song, storytelling, pram shining, mattress making, all sorts of stitching, cooking uncomplicated nutrients, and meting out first aid—including realizing the right way to support the drugs pass down.

In A Spoonful of Sugar, Brenda remembers her years at Norland and her stories throughout the conflict (after all, whether bombs are losing, there’s no cause to permit criteria slip), and recounts in gorgeous aspect a existence dedicated to the care of different people’s children.

Sprinkled all through with pearls of knowledge (you can by no means supply kids an excessive amount of love, and also you should still how you can stitch a button, for goodness’ sake), this pleasant memoir from Britain’s oldest dwelling nanny is virtually ideal in each method.

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I do remember that in between games, the juggling contest took place. Somewhere there’s a photograph where I’m wearing the tournament T-shirt and holding two ribbons. One was for soccer and the other one was for juggling. I came in seventh place. —As told to Emily Spivack Brandi Chastain is a professional soccer player who has won two Women’s World Cup championships, two Olympic gold medals, and an Olympic silver medal. 35 Jeff Zimbalist Shortly after I arrived in India, I made my way to the Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu gathering in Allahabad that happens once every 144 years when the planets align in such a way that they point to an intersection of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers.

When I completed the course, I received a pin with parachute wings on a blue vinyl background. I wore it on the front left side of my uniform, alongside the other pin of my commando unit, and right above my heart, to show that I had earned my wings as a paratrooper. —As told to Emily Spivack Yael Meridan Schori served in the Israeli Army from 1970 to 1972 and then became a flight attendant. S. in 1980 and is the chairwoman of Art Resources Transfer in New York. 55 Albert Maysles My first venture abroad was in 1955.

With me as the ringleader, four of us—the damsels—went over to the da Vinci high school to see what it was all about. They showed us around; they were all camping there, writing on the wall and just doing their political activism thing, waiting to clash with the Sanbabilini. You could tell they were on the left because they wore peacoats and jeans and would carry messenger bags made of green military fabric. Their statement was one of rejecting fashion, but in truth, they were very stylized, too.

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