The Outhouse Ghost

Girls don't want to do dishes, so dad pretends to be a ghost.

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Back in the '30s my sister and I were little girls. We were old enough to do the supper dishes but we didn't like to do them. Every night after supper we would have to go out to the little house out back. We would talk, sing and stay out until Mommy would do the dishes. 

One night Daddy thought he would break us of that habit. He put a white sheet over himself and stood at the corner of a building. We had to go by the building to get to the house. It scared the daylight out of us. Every night after that we did the dishes.

Mrs. Thomas Seeley
Farber, Missouri


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