Aunt Mathilde was Mrs. Abner’s only remaining sister. The two ladies were very different from one another. Sophie (Mrs. Abner) looked like a real Mama. She was round, a bit chubby, had curly black hair, which she wore in braids pinned around her head, and a generally optimistic disposition. Tante Mathilde, as she was called by the family, was very thin, with almost blond hair, and with a very pessimistic view. Both ladies were artistic. Mathilde won prizes for her artwork, her drawings and paintings while Sophie was able to make the violin sing.

Droozy liked taking walks with her aunt. She enjoyed accompanying her, brother Benjy and sister Ruth to the park. Sometimes when their mother was along they would stop at “Linke Hoffmans,” a place where they would get an ice cream cone. The ice cream was colorful, either yellow like lemon, orange or a mixture. The ice cream tasted like sherbet and was it delicious. It was served in cones that looked like ships.

Often Aunt Mathilde would become frugal - very saving. She was afraid that the whole family would starve to death and there would be no more food for her nieces, nephew, her sister, or herself. At such times she would be found saving hard-boiled eggs in a cupboard and would wait until they turned green and smelled bad before she would bring them out and eat them. She was always saving for a rainy day. Mathilde rarely enjoyed anything while it was still fresh and good.

One day while Droozy was watching she saw Aunt Mathilde sink her teeth into a hard piece of bread. With that bite one of her aunt’s teeth fell out. Droozy bit the inside of her cheek to keep herself from laughing. She did hope that this experience would teach Auntie a lesson, that she would eat food while it was still fresh and good.

Pork Dumplings
Please Don't Eat the Goldfish
Pretty Shoes
Blueberry Cake
The Garden
The Red Rabbit
The Lost Bathing Tickets
What Shall I Do?  The Double Message
Pieces of Gold
Aromas of the Sabbath
The Birth of a Brother
Green Apples
Herr Kübler
The Broken Leg
Boarding School
The American Calendar
Suse Puppe
Shirley Temple Eyes
Kristallnacht Nov. 9, 10, 11
Aunt (Tante) Mathilde
Ice Skates
The Cologne Cathedral
The Escape
A Belgian Holiday
Gas Balloons and the S. S. Washington
The Statue
A Bad Dream
A Pencil Thief
The West Virginia Hills
Ice Cream, Grieben and Baked Spaghetti
The Gypsy’s Song
Venetian Blinds
The Deaf One
Dimmed Lights
Norma Mae
The Spelling Bee
Run, Thief, Run!
The Candy Store
The Birthday Party
Deep, Shallow Waters
Red Riding Hood
Small Mama
Droozy In Love
Eskimo Pies
Apple Picking Time
Working Days
Easter Baskets
Blind Joe
Lessons Learned From Parents
About the Author