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‘Out of Africa’ and other places

Bette Burgess
Bette Burgess

I love watching movies. The first movie my brother and I saw was in the living room of our adopted parents’ home. I was around 5 and my brother was 3.

Our Dad pulled up the white screen with tiny white beads on it. The projector was brown and got very hot if it ran for too long. The film was in reels and about the size of a saucer. They were housed in a thin, square, cardboard box with a picture and a name on the front of the cover.

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Travel and diversity play roles

Bette Burgess
Bette Burgess

One of the many things I loved about teaching overseas was the closeness of the faculties. Most of us were young, single and lived in the BOQs. We rode to school together, went out to eat in groups and traveled together when our boyfriends were “in the field.”

Schweinfurt, Germany was an Army Base and my main squeeze was Captain Tim Stephens from Florida. When summer came, 3 of my friends and I decided to take a trip to Scandinavia in my vintage Volkswagen bug, Old Blue. On the sly, Tim checked out two pup tents, four winter sleeping bags, four canteens, two small camp stoves and a case of rations.

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Keep your curiosity alive

Bette Burgess
Bette Burgess

Last month, I visited friends in Danville, VA, who were babysitting their 4-year-old grandson.

My hostess wanted to photograph me reading my recently published children’s book to him. Since he already knew the story by heart, he whispered to me, “Pretend like you are reading the book to me.”

He was so bright, inquisitive and creative in his play that I was happy when he included me as his playmate.

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