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Miss Missy’s School Book I: A Pack of Farm Dogs Starts a School by Marica Bernstein.

Illustrated by Caroline Cooper. Old Schoolhouse Road Publishing.


Gilbert, the old hippy dog with the head full of unattributed quotations

This quotation is from “Chapter IX: Aubrey’s Story, Questions Answered” in Miss Missy’s School Book I: A Pack of Farm Dogs Starts a School. I don’t want to give away too much of the story. Suffice it to say that in “Chapter V: Aubrey’s Story,” Aubrey tells Missy a little bit about her past– that she had lived in Memphis and started a family. Aubrey’s story was interrupted when Marica called the dogs in for bedtime.

Many questions remained about why Aubrey left Memphis, and how she and Little Tommy came to be rescued by Missy and Rocky that stormy night. In Chapter IX, Gilbert nervously asks Aubrey one very important question. And Aubrey nervously answers. When she’s finished, Gilbert squeezes her paw and says, “Oh Aubrey, it must have been dreadful.”

Aubrey responds.

“I suppose as a story it does sound dreadful. And there was some hard times, it’s true. But there’s no need to feel sorry for me. That part of my life is behind me now— jest a memory. … Tommy and me have a wonderful life here on the farm. We have such good friends— like you. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Aubrey smiled up at Gil, hoping for just one more thing.

“Aubrey, as someone once said, ‘Sorrow is a fruit; God does not allow it to grow on a branch that is too weak to bear it.’ That is one of the things…I, I…” Gilbert began to stammer and then cleared his throat and continued….


Miss Missy’s School Book I: A Pack of Farm Dogs Starts a School by Marica Bernstein.

Illustrated by Caroline Cooper. Old Schoolhouse Road Publishing.

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