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Strip For 083181
ID: 4056
Publication Date: 1981-08-31
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael, Lawrence and Darryl sit outside the school lamenting that Mrs. Hardacre is their Grade 2 teacher. They think she lives in a cave, eats kids for breakfast, comes to school on a broom. She happens to be listening. They're in a lotta trouble.
Caption: I bet... we're all in a lotta trouble!
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Strip For 090181
ID: 4057
Publication Date: 1981-09-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre calls the kids by full name: Michael Patterson, Lawrence Poirier and Darryl Smythe! Recess is over, the class is waiting on them. In her class you are to be on time. Michael thinks about changing his name.
Caption: I think I'm going to change my name.
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Strip For 112481
ID: 199
Publication Date: 1981-11-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly tries to explain to Michael that Mrs. Hardacre isn't so bad. She's a Mrs. so someone must love her. Michael should try to get along with her, she's probably very nice inside. Michael points out that, so is a walnut.
Caption: So's a walnut.
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Strip For 120781
ID: 203
Publication Date: 1981-12-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre tries to organize the "reindeer" fir the school play. She cannot find Michael but locates Santa's costume strewn in a trail leading to the washroom.
Caption: Reindeer? Do we have all 8 reindeer? And Santa! - Where's Michael? No Caption
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Strip For 120881
ID: 4100
Publication Date: 1981-12-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre tries to organize the Christmas play. Elves on cue, singing snowflakes in line and no fighting amongst the reindeer. Michael asks if they will ever get this turkey off the ground.
Caption: Mrs. Hardacre? Do you think we'll ever get this turkey off the ground?
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Strip For 120981
ID: 4101
Publication Date: 1981-12-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is home late because of a detention. During a dress rehearsal he asked how it can be a dress rehearsal if nobody is wearing a dress. Mrs. Hardacre made him put the costumes away. No sense of human. Humor. Misunderstood sayings, phrases.
Caption: She's got no sense of human!
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Strip For 121181
ID: 4103
Publication Date: 1981-12-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and John meet with Mrs. Hardacre. She tells them Michael would rather entertain the class than work. Elly says Michael feels that he's being picked on. Mrs. Hardacre picks on him because she thinks he has potential.
Caption: I wouldn't bother if I didn't think he had potential.
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Strip For 121281
ID: 4104
Publication Date: 1981-12-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly explains to Michael that Mrs. Hardacre is strict with him because he is bright and can do very well. She picks on him because he is smart. Michael finds this very confusing and complains that they say kids are hard to understand. Tucked into bed.
Caption: Boy. And they say that KIDS are hard to understand!
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Strip For 122281
ID: 4112
Publication Date: 1981-12-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael brings Mrs. Hardacre a glass bird as a Christmas present. Michael gets more than he expected. Kissed on the cheek.
Caption: Gramma said she'd be happy - but she never told me I'd get KISSED!
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Strip For 032582
ID: 4153
Publication Date: 1982-03-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael gets Deanna in trouble at school for trying to borrow a pencil. Mrs. Hardacre tells him he is required to have two pencils at all times but the pencil sharpener keeps eating them on him. Darryl laughs.
Caption: The pencil sharpener keeps eating them!!
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Strip For 040682
ID: 239
Publication Date: 1982-04-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Lawrence read Michael's report card. Mrs. Hardacre wrote positive things about Michael. His worst enemy likes him on paper.
Caption: I guess she likes me on paper.
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Strip For 061182
ID: 4184
Publication Date: 1982-06-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Deanna and others are collecting money for Mrs. Hardacre at the end of school. Michael doesn't want to donate because the teacher has been mean to him all year. They point out that he should ask his parents for the money.
Caption: -You don't have to give your own money, dummy! -Ask your folks. How much?
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Strip For 061482
ID: 4185
Publication Date: 1982-06-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Deanna asks Michael to sign a card for Mrs. Hardacre. He initially refuses but changes his mind. "Have a happy sumer, Love Michael." The girls are surprised at how he signed the card.
Caption: Have a happy sumer... love Michael??!
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Strip For 061582
ID: 4186
Publication Date: 1982-06-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Last day of school, Mrs. Hardacre thanks the class for the card and teacup which she will treasure forever. She asks Michael to stay behind. Detention on the last day of school. Deanna, Lawrence.
Caption: A detention? On the last day of school?
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Strip For 061682
ID: 4187
Publication Date: 1982-06-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre holds Michael back after the last class to tell him that she was hard on him all year so that he would be his best. She asks if they can be friends and Michael gives her a big hug.
Caption: Goodbye, Mrs. Hardacre!
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Strip For 083010
ID: 11457
Publication Date: 2010-08-30
First Published On (if retro): 1981-08-31
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael, Lawrence and Darryl sit outside the school lamenting that Mrs. Hardacre is their Grade 2 teacher. They think she lives in a cave, eats kids for breakfast, comes to school on a broom. She happens to be listening. They're in a lotta trouble.
Caption: I bet... we're all in a lotta trouble!
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Strip For 083110
ID: 11458
Publication Date: 2010-08-31
First Published On (if retro): 1981-09-01
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre calls the kids by full name: Michael Patterson, Lawrence Poirier and Darryl Smythe! Recess is over, the class is waiting on them. In her class you are to be on time. Michael thinks about changing his name.
Caption: I think I'm going to change my name.
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Strip For 112310
ID: 11544
Publication Date: 2010-11-23
First Published On (if retro): 1981-11-24
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly tries to explain to Michael that Mrs. Hardacre isn't so bad. She's a Mrs. so someone must love her. Michael should try to get along with her, she's probably very nice inside. Michael points out that, so is a walnut.
Caption: So's a walnut.
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Lynn's Notes: Mrs. Hardacre, as I've said, was a teacher in my elementary school. Kids said she was "hard as nails and gave us acres of work" but I liked her. The teachers who were both strict and fair had my attention and I worked hard for them.

Walnut trees grew all around the school and "conkers" was a game we all played with walnuts tied to strings. The object of the game was to whack your opponent's walnut and try to break it. This resulted in everything from bruised knuckles to chipped teeth. I'm sure it's outlawed today - or played with heavy gloves and face shields, but in the 1950s we took risks. To compare Mrs. Hardacre to a walnut would have been reasonable, I think...but inside, she was very good stuff!

Strip For 120610
ID: 11557
Publication Date: 2010-12-06
First Published On (if retro): 1981-12-07
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy?
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre tries to organize the "reindeer" for the school play. She cannot find Michael but locates Santa's costume strewn in a trail leading to the washroom.
Caption: Reindeer? Do we have all 8 reindeer? And Santa! - Where's Michael? No Caption
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Lynn's Notes: I don't remember my own Christmas pageants, but my kids remember theirs. Anything that required a script and stage was taken seriously in Lynn Lake, where entertainment was all home made. Costume sessions and rehearsals took place in private homes and the community centre would be packed as friends and family vied for the best seats in the house. Aaron played the part of a shepherd one year, dressed in his bathrobe and striped pajamas, and a reindeer the next. Being in front of an audience never fazed him and even without lines, he played his roles to the hilt. The elementary school teachers were full of ideas and had the courage to pull them off. Music was provided by Mr. Bergan's music group and the community choir. It's amazing to me now, to think about how the town would come together as one for these things, and the talent within our own crowd was amazing.

Strip For 120710
ID: 11558
Publication Date: 2010-12-07
First Published On (if retro): 1981-12-08
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre tries to organize the Christmas play. Elves on cue, singing snowflakes in line and no fighting amongst the reindeer. Michael asks if they will ever get this turkey off the ground.
Caption: Mrs. Hardacre? Do you think we'll ever get this turkey off the ground?
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Lynn's Notes: Again, the material that appeared in the strip was mostly made up. It was fun to imagine what it would be like to have a large, busy class of kids, all involved in putting on a play and one harried teacher in charge of everything. I could play the role of the teacher and also the kids and I tried to put myself into every possible scenario.

Aaron's teachers were, again, part of our circle of friends. If I needed the inside scoop on anything, all I had to do was ask! If I wanted to know anything about pharmacy, I'd ask Bob at the drugstore. If I wanted to know anything about the workings of the corner store, "Fergy" Ferguson would be glad to oblige. I talked to the RCMP and to the pilots and to anyone whose career might possibly appear in the strip. Living in a small town meant ready access to wonderful resources, long before the internet made research so easy.

Strip For 120810
ID: 11559
Publication Date: 2010-12-08
First Published On (if retro): 1981-12-09
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy?
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is home late because of a detention. During a dress rehearsal he asked how it can be a dress rehearsal if nobody is wearing a dress. Mrs. Hardacre made him put the costumes away. No sense of human. Humor. Misunderstood sayings, phrases.
Caption: She's got no sense of human!
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Lynn's Notes: Aaron's remark that his teacher had "no sense of human" became the punch line for this strip. In reality, his teachers were the best, but like his mother, I'm afraid, he managed to push them to their limit. The thing about Aaron was that he was funny. Even if he was completely in the wrong he retained a certain aura of acceptance, and tales of what he had done lately were part of the staff room chatter. He enjoyed school and did well in the things he was interested in, but otherwise he daydreamed, fooled around and got into trouble. I could understand. This was the way I drifted through elementary school, too. The class clown who was constantly told how well I could do if I could only settle down and learn!

Strip For 121010
ID: 11561
Publication Date: 2010-12-10
First Published On (if retro): 1981-12-11
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly and John meet with Mrs. Hardacre. She tells them Michael would rather entertain the class than work. Elly says Michael feels that he's being picked on. Mrs. Hardacre picks on him because she thinks he has potential.
Caption: I wouldn't bother if I didn't think he had potential.
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Lynn's Notes: I had some wonderful, insightful and compassionate teachers. The dialogue you see here is almost word for word from a conversation I had with Mr. Stibbs in grade four. He told me that yes, he did pick on me and yes, he did single me out in the class - and that he did so because he knew I could do better. He explained that it took a lot of his time and energy to put me in my place and he did so because I was worth it. I think he was the first to put a harness on the unruly kid that I was and he did so by letting me know - in a strict but very fair way, that he had respect for my intelligence and therefore so should I.

Strip For 121110
ID: 11562
Publication Date: 2010-12-11
First Published On (if retro): 1981-12-12
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly explains to Michael that Mrs. Hardacre is strict with him because he is bright and can do very well. She picks on him because he is smart. Michael finds this very confusing and complains that they say kids are hard to understand. Tucked into bed.
Caption: Boy. And they say that KIDS are hard to understand!
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Lynn's Notes: It was a long time before I realized I could actually enjoy learning, if only I could just let my teachers do their job. First I had to test them and see what their limits were. I had to make them angry and see how they handled their anger before I let them in. If they were fair and honest and strong, I learned. If they fell into the trap; if they screamed or threw stuff, or had favorites or didn't come through with a promise, I became their worst nightmare and twice I was removed to other classes. Teachers see more of their charges than the parents do and I think I was looking for as much discipline as they could give me. Looking back, I have some apologies to make... and so very much to thank them for.

Strip For 122110
ID: 11572
Publication Date: 2010-12-21
First Published On (if retro): 1981-12-22
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael brings Mrs. Hardacre a glass bird as a Christmas present. Michael gets more than he expected. Kissed on the cheek.
Caption: Gramma said she'd be happy - but she never told me I'd get KISSED!
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Lynn's Notes: Taking a gift to a favorite teacher was, for me, a significant gesture. I wasn't one to give a gift in order to be liked as much as it was a token of respect and affection. I've said before that I was not an easy kid to control and my teachers had to work hard to keep me in line. I think I remember every one of my elementary school teachers, as they played such a big role in my life. My second grade teacher Miss Campbell and I started out on the wrong foot. Envious of my brother's ability to "write his name in the snow", I convinced one of the boys in my class to pee in the rubber boots in the cloakroom, which he did. It's amazing what kids will do when told to - even by another kid! Anyway, I was held responsible along with the culprit and until the last day of the school year, Miss Campbell and I were at serious odds. Interesting, then, that I would be sad to the point of tears when we all had to say goodbye. I took her a card and a rose tea cup and saucer. It was an extra one of my Mom's and a pattern I particularly liked. I wondered if she'd sip her tea from it and think of me...and forgive me for having been such a thorn in her side!

Strip For 032411
ID: 11666
Publication Date: 2011-03-24
First Published On (if retro): 1982-03-25
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael gets Deanna in trouble at school for trying to borrow a pencil. Mrs. Hardacre tells him he is required to have two pencils at all times but the pencil sharpener keeps eating them on him. Darryl laughs.
Caption: The pencil sharpener keeps eating them!!
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Lynn's Notes: Being a kid who loved pencils, I also loved the pencil sharpener. I loved the feel of the handle and the way those spiral cutting blades ground into the wood. I loved the smell and the sound and the shavings that spiraled out of the hole when the cup was full and overflowing. A good metal pencil sharpener was fixed tight to the wall and didn't give when the pressure was on. We were a team. I could sharpen a whole box of Rembrandt coloured pencils, then take on a twelve pack of HB's!

I leaned into pencil sharpening with strength and determination, every sharpened point a prize. It was a great day when my mother bought and installed a pencil sharpener in my room, next to the desk where I did all my drawing. It meant that I would always be working with a sharp instrument. It meant that she took my drawing seriously and marked a "turning point" (if I may say) in a budding career.

Strip For 041911
ID: 11692
Publication Date: 2011-04-19
First Published On (if retro): 1982-04-06
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Lawrence read Michael's report card. Mrs. Hardacre wrote positive things about Michael. His worst enemy likes him on paper.
Caption: I guess she likes me on paper.
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Lynn's Notes: Even though I drove them crazy, my teachers did like me. After I had pushed them to the breaking point, after I had been sent to the office, sentenced to detentions and made to take angry notes home, I always came around. I guess I had to test them as thoroughly as they tested us. My report cards, though not outstanding, were always pretty good and in amongst the admonishments re: math and sports there was always something nice. The best comment I can remember came from my grade four teacher George Stibbs, who said that I "made the class fun and interesting." This might have made me even more likely to clown around, but I grew to admire him too much to make him angry.

Strip For 061011
ID: 11744
Publication Date: 2011-06-10
First Published On (if retro): 1982-06-11
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Deanna and others are collecting money for Mrs. Hardacre at the end of school. Michael doesn't want to donate because the teacher has been mean to him all year. They point out that he can ask his parents for the money.
Caption: -You don't have to give your own money, dummy! -Ask your folks. How much?
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Lynn's Notes: My folks had a jewelry store. They carried china, glassware and other gift items as well. This meant they were often asked to provide gifts for our teacher and they would ask me to help them decide what to give to whom. It was difficult to choose something for a teacher I wasn't fond of and the first thing that came to mind was to select something DUMB! I found myself, instead, choosing something beautiful, and in so doing I would rethink my feelings for the person it was for. Gift giving is such an important gesture, and for many more reasons than you'd think!

Strip For 061311
ID: 11747
Publication Date: 2011-06-13
First Published On (if retro): 1982-06-14
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Deanna asks Michael to sign a card for Mrs. Hardacre. He initially refuses but changes his mind. "Have a happy sumer, Love Michael." The girls are surprised at how he signed the card.
Caption: Have a happy sumer... love Michael??!
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Lynn's Notes: These children were part of a group of friends including Deanna Sobinski who were always in the background and never part of the story. It wasn't until the kids became teenagers that their friends took on personalities and played a role. This was a good thing, because the story was already becoming complicated with the introduction of relatives and the developing relationships with the adults' friends.

Strip For 061411
ID: 11748
Publication Date: 2011-06-14
First Published On (if retro): 1982-06-15
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Last day of school, Mrs. Hardacre thanks the class for the card and teacup which she will treasure forever. She asks Michael to stay behind. Detention on the last day of school. Deanna, Lawrence.
Caption: A detention? On the last day of school?
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Lynn's Notes: This is a small glimpse into a day in my life. My grade three teacher kept me after school on the last day to tell me that after all the conflict we had endured together during the year, she thought I was basically a good kid. This was the attitude that most of my teachers had....and when Aaron's teachers gave him "the talk" I knew exactly where they were coming from.

Strip For 061511
ID: 11749
Publication Date: 2011-06-15
First Published On (if retro): 1982-06-16
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre holds Michael back after the last class to tell him that she was hard on him all year so that he would be his best. She asks if they can be friends and Michael gives her a big hug.
Caption: Goodbye, Mrs. Hardacre!
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Lynn's Notes: I have had a number of readers contact me to say they too had been students of Mrs. Hardacre. Isn't it amazing how well we remember these people! Then again, our teachers were as influential to many of as our parents were.


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