Betty Barr Boilesen
The Blue Hat - Going
to the Picture Show
As told by Betty
Ann Barr Boilesen
Perhaps you have
seen my Shirley Temple doll sitting on my dresser. Oh, how I
loved to play with that doll as a child. And I love to look
at that doll as an adult and remember when I was twelve years
old and Shirley Temple was my idol.
One day my mother
came to me and said "Bettty Ann, how would you like to
go to Grand Island tomorrow to the picture show and see "Heidi"?
"Oh yes," I replied. Oh, the excitement I felt. We
were going to the city, for we lived in the small town of Cotesfield.
We traveled to Grand
Island on Saturday with Aunt Tay and Cousin Eudean. When we
arrived in Grand Island we parked the car and went shopping,
first at Kaufman's Department Store. Kaufman's was right next
to the picture show. I remember my mother taking my hand and
going over to the shelves where the children's clothes were
located. There, on a shelf, was a royal blue hat with white
fur around the edge and a lovely tie that went under the chin.
Mother put the hat on my head, my blond hair gracefully hung
down the sides and my bangs upon my forehead. I looked in the
mirror. Oh, it was perfect! I looked so grown up, I thought.
When mother said she would buy it for me, how important I felt!
Now I was going to
be able to go the picture show with a beautiful blue hat with
white fur that tied under my chin. As we stood waiting in line
for our tickets I thought I must be the most beautiful little
girl in the world. Could everyone be looking at me in my beautiful
hat? As I walked down the aisle of the movie house I was sure
everyone was looking at me.
It was time for the
movie to start. Carefully, I took my hat off and placed it on
the vacant chair beside me. Intently, I watched the movie wishing
to be that little girl, my idol, Shirley Temple.
When the movie was
over we left and were standing outside talking with Aunt Tay
and Cousin Eudean. All of a sudden my mother said "Betty
Ann, where is your hat?" In the excitement of the picture
show I had forgotten my hat on the seat next to me. We rushed
back into the movie house to look for my beautiful blue hat.
Oh no, it was gone. It was no where to be found. Sadly, we all
walked out. My hat was gone. I felt like crying my heart out
but instead, trying to be brave, I said, "Well, if someone
needs my hat more than I, then let them have it!"
I only had that little
blue hat for a few short hours but I shall always remember it
and how I must have looked that day.