Boothbay Area Elementary College fourth graders are sharing their hopes and issues with the group by way of “Phrases of Consolation.” BRES academics Kathy Hartley and Jennifer Lassen bought the concept from famend cellist Yo Yo Ma’s “Songs of Consolation.” The academics hope to encourage a connection between college students and the group by way of adults’ responses to them within the following concern. Half 1 ran within the April 23 version, Half 2 April 30 and Half three on Could 14. All are on-line. If you want to reply with your individual Phrases of Consolation, electronic mail them to:

Hello! I’m Cali Brown,

I’m a 9-year-old pupil at BRES.­ I really like my cats: Phoebe, Rocket, Church, Chewy, and Vader. I even have one canine named Brady. He’s a black lab with brown eyes. I dwell in a home with 4 folks: my mother, my dad, my brother, and me. I like to experience my bike, swing, go to the park, and play outdoors with my associates. Since we now have been house from faculty it’s arduous for me as a result of my neighbors are my associates and I can’t play with them outdoors due to social distancing. So I simply keep inside quite a bit and play on my pill and watch TV. The opposite day I did get to take my bike to the varsity and experience round on the empty parking heaps. I’ve accomplished some “magnet fishing” which implies I tied a rope onto a magnet, threw it into the water, and tried to see if something magnetic would connect to it. I discovered a horse chestnut that was break up open, and I’m ready to see if it’ll germinate. My older brother typically performs with me, however he’s largely a sofa potato. I fear about my dad, as a result of he has issues together with his immune system, and I’m scared if he would get the coronavirus. I don’t like that I can’t see my associates, and I’m higher doing my work at college with the assistance of my academics. I might love to listen to from anybody in our group who may need needed to dwell by way of one thing difficult once they have been my age. It positive could be comforting to know that issues can get higher.

My identify is Annabelle Whitney,

I’m 9 years previous. I wish to go down my street to go to the horse named Sandman. I like to gather rocks and draw. My favourite rock that I’ve collected is the pink tourmaline. I do know we’re going by way of some fairly tough instances proper now however I simply need you to know that we’re all on this collectively! There is no such thing as a must be apprehensive so long as you keep house, you’ll be good. To go the time, I make scavenger hunts and escape room for my household and spend high quality time with Sandman. The time I spend with the horse helps me to neglect all of the craziness and focus. It additionally helps me loosen up. My favourite factor to do with him is to stroll him across the pen. Typically he nudges me together with his nostril if he needs to go a special means. When faculty was canceled, I used to be unhappy as a result of I can’t be with my associates anymore. College is my work house, it’s the place I’m snug working. I at all times had my instructor’s assist, whereas proper now, it’s not as usually. I’ve been capable of name Mrs. Hartley, my instructor, after I actually, actually, want her. Nini and Papa, or some other grandparent on the market, I’ve a query for you. Have been you ever out of college whenever you have been 9 or youthful? What do you keep in mind about faculty? Do you might have any phrases of recommendation or any concepts to assist me spend my time?

Hi there, my identify is Matthew Reed,

I’m 10 years previous. I’m the proud older brother of the sweetest 1-year-old sister, Marlena Alice. I take pleasure in enjoying soccer and something to do with an engine. Since being out of college it has given me time to go to my grandma’s home to do yard work. My grandmother works at a nursing house and I’ve been writing letters with jokes in them to attempt to cheer up the residents that can’t have guests. I’ve additionally face-timed my pal Colby enjoying Madden 20. I see and listen to every thing that goes on round me however I do not fairly perceive it. This complete factor could be very complicated to me. Each Wednesday I used to go to the YMCA to play basketball with my associates however now I can not. Though I really like staying house with my mother, stepdad and sister, I miss seeing my dad and Annie each weekend. I’m making an attempt actually arduous to regulate to my “new regular.” I do know there have at all times been wars, a Nice Melancholy, and different ailments which have been part of our historical past which we now have efficiently lived by way of, However I’m questioning why the information is making it appear to be that is the worst factor to ever hit our nation. I’d like to listen to your ideas and what it’s that you simply and your loved ones are doing to go the time throughout this quarantine. I do know every thing will end up OK, however within the meantime “phrases of consolation” is what I’ll search for.

Response: born and raised

Shirley Stoddard McMurray is 80 years previous and was born at house in Boothbay.


We had polio to take care of after I was younger – a youthful brother of one in all my classmates died from it. We couldn’t swim that summer time as a result of folks believed you bought it from the water. Should you did get polio you have been put into one thing known as an iron lung in hopes of getting higher. You may google iron lung.

We had a lot of enjoyable rising up. My home didn’t have a TV. We listened to tales on the radio for youths. We performed board video games, a lot of bike rides. We caught frogs within the brook and put them in our little fish pond. We performed vehicles and constructed a tiny village. I performed loads of paper dolls. And we performed marbles and skim loads of comedian books. We spent loads of time climbing timber. We picked blueberries and arrange a desk beside the street and offered them for 50 cents a quart.

We had chores to do. Mine have been largely dusting and ironing, which I didn’t like, and setting the desk with dishes and silverware. Then I might assist clear the desk and assist wash and dry dishes. I additionally needed to hold garments on the clothesline within the yard and typically assist take them down and perhaps fold them. Our allowance was 25 cents every week.

Forth of July was enjoyable. We performed with firecrackers and one night time some neighbors got here and my dad did a pleasant firework show.

Once I was 12, my dad and mom purchased the swimming pool in West Harbor. Dad named it Surfside Pool. I labored within the workplace amassing 50 cents for a day of swimming from every individual. I additionally offered sweet bars, chips and soda and I handed out towels to every individual. Once I was 16 I bought licensed as a junior lifeguard. It was an ideal place to work.

Thursday evenings we went to the band live performance on the Boothbay Harbor Library. It was outdoors and lots of people got here so it was actually enjoyable. Annually on the final day of college all of us rode our bikes to high school and we liked that. I may go on and on – it was such a great time to develop up!

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