Incident in the Second Grade
For the time being, Mama's love could erase any problem.
Loretta tells a revealing story, "The first one out of the house
was the best dressed and the most completely dressed. One day I
went to school without any socks on. Sister said, 'You go home
during recess and get some socks.' When I went outside I saw
Mama watering the front lawn, and I started to cry, and ran up to
her and threw my arms around her legs. I had been embarrassed.
Apparently, even then, I couldn't take too much disapproval; it
cut me to the quick. Mama said, 'Come on, we'll find you a pair
of socks.' I can still see her. She had an apron on, and she had
it turned up and tied around because she wanted to keep even the
apron clean. Her hair was very soft. She was smiling and she
kept patting my head, asking me not to cry. The reason I recall
this incident is because of the warmth I felt just with her being
there. I knew she'd solve my problems and I wouldn't be scared
The above excerpt is taken from Chapter Two of Edward Funk's unpublished book "Loretta Young: Journey of a Hollywood Soul"
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