Pratt published "April Out of Stone" around 1939. I am too lazy today to look up the copyright laws which might pertain, but will err on the side of caution by not reproducing his words here except to say that it contains a reference to lichens, thus the photograph above. Suffice it to say, I love this poem, which has now been read, again, several times today, and reinterred in its messy resting place.
The poor little notebook now contains only three wrinkled and yellowed pages, among which I found the following (this is where the pack rat comes in):
Expenditures, June, 1967
Cash on hand $2.86
Coffee and cookies, .10
Dinner, $1.03 (includes .10 tip)
Coffee & cookies, .10
Cashed check, $5.00
Lunch for 2, $2.58 (a splurge, I'm sure)
Parking lot, $6.00 check
Baby sitter, $34.50 check
Kids' Sunday School money, .65
That's all the entries I made; probably it was too depressing to note how little money I had. At the time, I was a single parent of four children, living with and sharing household expenses with my mother. Daddy had died in 1965. Although I have no absolute recollection, I think the parking lot and baby sitter were weekly expenditures. I do remember how small my monthly income was at the time, and the baby sitter, in particular, took a large percentage of my take home pay.
This page also has been reburied; I just can't bring myself to throw it away. I'll leave that task for my executor.