Monday, March 14, 2016

Day 28 - Cecee's Adventures

We went to bed, so very tired, yet the excitement seemed to bubble up within me! We were finally here in Texas.

There were not a lot of beds, so we slept several to a bed. Mama and Papa were the only ones who had their own bedroom. The rest of us were in one room, and it seemed crowded.

My sisters, Mary and Daisy slept in the same bed with me. The other bed had Eugene, Arthur, and King. Baby Edith was in a crib in our room. It seemed like we were wall to wall kids. I suppose that you could say we were.

Morning seemed to be upon us all too soon.

Mary was shaking me by the shoulders, telling me to get up, I looked at her, the sleep still in my eyes.

"Come on, sleepyhead ! Everyone else is already in the kitchen, ready for breakfast! Papa's already out working, and we have to go as soon as we have dressed and eaten!"

I couldn't believe it! Our first morning here, and I had overslept.

"What are we supposed to do when we work? Daisy and I are too little!"

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Day 27 - Cecee's Adventures

My Mama herded us all into the house.

"All right, children! The first thing we're going to do is bathe! After days of traveling and no place to wash, that is first on the list of things to take care of!"

She began to bark out orders...

"Arthur, you. Mary and Eugene begin carrying water into the kitchen while I light build a fire in the cookstove. Cecee, you and Daisy begin carrying in some firewood! King, you and Edith stay out of the way."

She arranged some chairs together and made a play pen with them, to keep King and Edith enclosed safely.

Everyone had a task to do.

Papa was outside, talking his brother and to the owner of the ranch, getting information about the running of the ranch. I found out later that Papa was just one of many workers on the big ranch.

Before long, Mama had a fire going in the stove, and she had found some provisions on shelves in the kitchen. She not only was heating water, but cooking some food for us.

It was all very exciting.

When supper was ready, she put it on the table and we knew the baths would be coming after supper.

When we were all gathered at the table, Papa bowed his head.

"Father, thank you for the safe journey. Thank you for this food and a place to work and live. Help us be true to you in the days ahead. Amen."

It was simple food, but tasted oh, so good!