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My name is Margaret Ingrid Forrester and I am 92 years old I usually spend my time sitting on the porch watching the endless fields stretch out before me the birds flying overhead the wind blowing rustling the leaves of the old oak tree That tree has been here longer than I have Oh dont get me wrong I didnt always sit here enjoying the rolling hills and the distant mountains of West Virginia Believe it or not I used to be a traveling dancer with the Vaudeville Girls But of course this was years ago Before I met Harry It was 1926 I was 17 and being a girl whos lifes ambition was centered around the graceful stars of Hollywood it was no wonder that when I heard that the Vaudeville Girls were coming into town I couldnt refrain from begging my father for permission to go see the show Father worked in the bank and being the stubborn man he was I knew it would take a lot of coaxing before he would even consider the idea He didnt approve of such nonsense nonsense was the word he used when he referred to any element of entertainment Mother said that a girl my age could be wrongly influenced and it wasnt lady-like to be a dancer But I knew I had to go if only for 10 minutes I had to see their beautiful costumes and how high they kicked My friend Eliza May said that they could kick so high that the top of their feet would touch their heads That night I decided I wouldnt need my parents approval to see the show I would sneak into the theatre with Eliza and my parents neednt find out I remember walking through town that following Monday and hearing an excited buzzing along its many roads It was wonderful the town had never been so alive Whether it was the
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