18 February 2022

Published February 16, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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February is Black History Month in the States. It amazes me how many noteworthy people history has shamefully glossed over. I recently learned of this lady.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


Sarah scanned the words in her McGuffey’s Reader. For most of her life they’d meant nothing to her. Literacy was a privilege reserved for white folks.

She lifted the book to her nose and breathed in its aroma. Like cloth for a new dress, it thrilled her. It smelled of freedom.

Now she would be able to understand her clients’ written instructions and fill out receipts.

More importantly, she could read to her babies.

“Mrs. Boone, would you like to read the next sentence?”

“Yes sir!” She grinned at the teacher and read haltingly, “‘Come, kitty, my own little kitty…’”


Sarah Boone – One of the first African American women to be awarded a patent.
A page from McGuffey’s Reader 1879

To read more about this highly motivated woman CLICK HERE

73 comments on “18 February 2022

  • Reading your weekly post is always a pleasure Rochelle. I thank heaven, that my local library had copies of the Reverend Awdry’s Thomas and friends children’s books available.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    I love how you focused on Ms Boone’s reading even more than on her patent. While inventing something is definitely worthwhile, being able to run her business by herself is even better. And for that, she needed to learn how to read. Love the text you chose to match the photo, too!

    Shalom and lotsa happy reading (coz it’s more fun than ironing),


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    • Dear Dale,

      I love it when a plan comes together. 😉 I think it takes a lot of strength and courage to take on the task of learning to read later in life. It’s something we take for granted in this day and age and, at times, find it to be a drudgery. Yet as I type and think about the wonderment of these letters coming together to make words (and typos) it makes my heart race.
      Women like Sarah should be remembered with respect and honour. Nu? 😀
      Although I’m not all that wild about her invention or the use thereof. At least I’m not putting a plank on two chairs.
      Thank you for your encouraging comments.

      Shalom and lotsa literate hugs,


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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Thank you for writing about this remarkable woman. I like how she linked reading to freedom. Slaves weren’t allowed to read or write although Frederick Douglass taught himself. It is very sad that so many notable people of color are glossed over. If it weren’t for Black History Month when we can celebrate their lives and accomplishments, many would go unnoticed.


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    • Dear Jan,

      In case you’re not familiar, “A Wrinkle in Time” was the title of a young adult sci-fi. Shannon and I read it together many years ago. Of course I do like to sew a few historical seams now and again. 😉 Thanks, m’luv.


  • Wonderful, Rochelle.

    While it is good to know our history, no matter how sad, it is wonderful also to know about successes like this and to see that we are not where we were. May the march to equal rights continue. Well done, again.



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  • Being able to read and write is my privilege and is the gateway to a wonderful world.
    I know a few people who do neither and seem very shy to ask for help. It is never too late to learn I tell them.
    Lovely story Rochelle with the historical context to remind us how determination and steadfast faith can lead to better things in life.

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    • Dear James,

      I still remember the excitement of learning to read as a very young child (thanks to my mom and phonetics). One of my greatest childhood joys was to lose myself in a good book. Thank you for your kind words re my story.



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    • Dear Keith,

      We do take reading for granted, don’t we? We complain about “dry reading.” Reading directions, newspapers, etc etc. But what if we couldn’t? We do well to realize it’s a privilege that’s sadly not given to everyone. Thank you for your validating comments.




  • I enjoyed learning about Sarah Boone. I hadn’t heard of her until now. An inspiring story. I particularly like the image in the second paragraph of Sarah smelling the book, and the connection with cloth. Very apt. Great title too.

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    • Dear Margaret,

      Is there anything as enjoyable as sniffing an old book or a new piece of fabric? I’m grateful to my Facebook friends who post these obscure historical snippets. They often send me to Google. 😉 Thank you. Glad you caught the title.



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  • A wonderful way to share Sarah Boone’s story. Impressive how you were able to find a way to recognize Black History month, tie in a photo with a kitten and speak about a topic near and dear to writers, the joy of being able to read.

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  • Thank you dear Rochelle, for another precious historical gem.

    I so resonated with Sarah, as I’m such a book sniffer.

    “She lifted the book to her nose and breathed in its aroma. Like cloth for a new dress, it thrilled her. It smelled of freedom.”

    Ah! yes the smell of freedom and possibilities galore. I felt I was Sarah for a moment. 🙂

    Have a wonderful new week. Hoping in late with Dale’s endearing photo prompt. Was too irresistible to miss. 🙂

    Love and light,

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