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Manny’s birthday book – April 7

April 7, 2011

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for ChildrenMy grandmother, who I called Manny, had a birthday book.  I’m posting the entries throughout the year, as they appear.

From Manny’s Birthday Book:  April 7th – Joan In Manny’s handwriting, or perhaps in a smaller, tighter version of her mother’s later handwriting, or perhaps in Joan’s own handwriting.

A Normandy peasant, come out for a walk,

Could you understand if you heard her talk?;

“Bon jour, joli enfant,” she would say,

Which means, “Pretty child, I wish you good-day”.

I thought this referred to Manny’s sister, Joan.  But she was born in 1917.  Her birthdate was the 7th of April.  1917.  I checked the BDM index.  Yes, 1917.  Is it possible to get your sister’s, daughter’s or own year of birth wrong?  Have children changed so much?  Back when I was a child we might put our age up, but never down. Interesting.  The 1918 may have been added at a later date (the ink is different), perhaps by another person.

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