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Chapter 8 Forsake

Chapter 8 Forsake

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Published by Henry Taft Miller

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Published by: Henry Taft Miller on Feb 18, 2010
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Adoption Papers
Lydia rose as usual at four-thirty a.m. to cut past the barn and hitch acarabao to her flat wooden sled. With its runners in line and two empty jugs secured, she rode to the spring. There, she used an empty bucket toscoop water into the containers while planning the day’s events.After returning to cook breakfast, she left the beast at the back of thehouse. “It’s nice having you stay with me,” she said to Florencia as shewakened her. She lifted the child into her arms. “Would you like to bemy little girl?’ Florencia’s nod made her smile. “I love you, youknow.”The small girl was bashful and laid her head against the woman’sshoulder. “Thank you,” she whispered.
 
Lydia bathed and fed her young companion with care. “We’re goingto do something fun together before I leave the village today.” She took Florencia outside to the water buffalo and set her on top. Once sheclimbed behind, they rode for some time across the fields and down tothe pasture.They stopped by the fence to see the red cattle up close.Florencia watched while one calf galloped over to suckle from itsmother. “I like that one.”Lydia agreed. “She’s strong one and will bear good stock once she’solder. Would you like to have her for your very own?”Florencia nodded and Lydia nudged the carabao on to where Gloria’shusband, Antonio, repaired a fence.The man promptly carried out his employer’s instructions, which
 
 pleased the child. “Your little cow is special,” Antonio told Florenciaand branded it with her initials.She smiled at the friendly man before Lydia took her and the carabao back near the barn.“It’s mid-morning,” Lydia mentioned when they climbed down tothe ground, “nearly ten o’clock.” She touched her head and taughtFlorencia how to tell time by the sun’s light. “When our shadow linesup with our body, then it is noon. That means it’s lunch time.”Florencia mimicked the woman’s movements before they went to prepare to eat.That afternoon, when Lydia placed the girl in Maria Ramirez’ care,she assured her she’d return after speaking with Gorio.

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