Family Matters

How an old primer brought perspective

There it was!  The old primer unfolded in my hands like some piece of valued history.  That’s what it stirred within me as I turned the pages.  If you were in school, in the USA during the 50’s and 60’s, then you likely read this too.

Dick and Jane Fun with our Family.  Our ageless primer, complete with those adorable illustrations sure took me back to a time of different values and propriety.  You see… The pages offered the following ideals.


  • A mom and dad at home with a son and daughter during a family activity.
  • Easy to understand words and illustrations.
  • Concepts of wholesome fun as a family.
  • Both white and black families doing the same family things.
  • A valuable example for us about what a ‘normal’ family did as an ideal at that time.

You see… This book is dated for early school children of the late 50’s and on.  It patterns after another primer from the 1930’s.  We’ll use it for our four year old grand daughter, to help her sound out the words that go with the pictures.


What a fun memory.  What memories does this bring home to you?  Do you have a favorite primer memory?


Author Terry Palmer


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Explosive Christian fiction writer. Hope to be published in 2012. Praise God to help me keep it simple and true, straight from the heart, for the Glory of God. As you read my story or answer a blog, please feel His Presence, His touch in your life.
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