Annie by Mary Christner Borntrager

By Mary Christner Borntrager

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There was a pump and lots of trees. Maw would spread a blanket to sit on while we et. Pa wasn't much fer holdin' to church. He told Maw and me to go if'n it pleasured us. It surely pleasured Maw. She was the best amen-shouter at the meetin'. " Pearlie Mae asked. "Annie," Roman told her, "we believe in being quiet so we can hear what the preacher is saying. " "But I can't understand. " Pearlie Mae asked. "I'll try, PearlI mean Annie. " The two girls giggled at the mistake. "To tell you the truth," Lucy confessed, "I can't un- Page 19 derstand much of what the preachers say.

Grandma Elsie was one for old-time cures. Two of those included putting salt under the bedsheet and straining drinking water through a clean dishcloth. The child would then drink this water to wash away the homesickness. Susan did not value such practices. But to appease her mother-in-law, she promised to do so. " the bishop asked. " "How does she fit in with the other children? " Roman waited for his wife to answer. He remembered Lucy's remark about Annie not being one of the family. How ashamed he would be to reveal this.

Ya," Father responded. "It's a filly. "Es is zeit fer Friehschtick (it's time for breakfast). Let's get to the house. Now listen to me good, children. I don't want any of you to come around Star alone. You've all seen the Hutschli. " Page 39 "Yes," they replied. "But I don't understand why Annie got to see it first," Lucy blurted out. " Roman asked sternly. " Lucy murmured, trembling. " her father demanded. She didn't answer. Her legs seemed unable to support her. "Come on. " Never had her dad looked so huge to Lucy.

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