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String Creek Road Part 4

String Creek Road Part 4



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Published by Robin Rule
more exciting & tender episodes of the String Creek Family in which children are introduced and magic prevails!
more exciting & tender episodes of the String Creek Family in which children are introduced and magic prevails!

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Published by: Robin Rule on Mar 15, 2011
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String Creek Road-Part 4And that’s how we got through the holidays atdifficult relatives’ homes. We had The StringCreek Band and played Scottish and Irishballads, reels, and jigs.I could carry a tune well enough, but Dannywas a true Irish Tenor, the second oldest boyLiam, named after Danny’s brother thecarpenter, following after him, and the oldestgirl Judith was a contralto that made us weepwith the beauty of her voice.Judah was like me and could hardly sing at all,but at least he could carry a tune and heplayed both a mandolin and an upright bass,which took a long time to save up for, but wedid.Tabitha Jane was a little mouse of a sopranoand all the others fit themselves in whereverwas needed and it was amazing how theycould fit themselves in, never breaking a note.Each child had their chores and they usually,but not always, stayed with one, completing itto its end. For instance, after Father build a
beautiful chicken coop and run that no foxcould get in even though they tried and tried,Judith started out as a little girl each morningwith a basket to collect eggs for breakfast.First she scattered seed to distract them andthen went into the coop and gathered all theeggs or if we needed chicks, she’s leave anegg in each hen’s box., marking it with a waxpen.After we had all eaten, she would go back outand sweep the floor, bring fresh straw into theindividual boxes, check the corners forspiders, (she hated black widows andtolerated garden spiders because she knewthey were good.) She would brush outunnecessary ones if need be and once aweek, check the wire fence for animaldamage, and then repair it and sprinkle moreseed.She gave those chickens silly names likeMaybelline, Miss Chevrolet, Little Red Hen,which we all laughed at and said that was noname at all, but a title and so the next timeshe got a good layer she named it Queenie
and said, “Now that’s a title!”.She had her father teach her how to slaughterthem when they stopped laying frequentlyenough, asking me several times a week howmany were needed for dinner. She pluckedthe feathers for pillows, though reallypreferred the scent of goose down and sosaved her holiday money or Christmas fairmoney to buy a pair of geese.She gave me the first down pillow for mybirthday because she said “You work too hardfor one woman”. The next one was for herfather, to have good dreams on.The farm down a bit on String Creek had fourboys, and the three past us going deeper intothe String Creek Valley had lots of boys andgirls, which made courting easy as thechildren grew. We had nine children by thetime I was too old to have any more and awinter’s pastime was often loading up thesleigh Father made “for courting,’” Judahalways said, and “for Mother”, Father alwaysreplied, with blankets warmed near the bigwood burning stove, a row of hot bricks on thefloor also from the big stove and finally a

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mike carvell added this note
lived on farm fifty years ago live in the streets thrty years was much eggs great read
Mary Yuhas added this note
It's sounds perfect.! I've always wanted to ride in a sleigh and get eggs from the chickens in the morning. What a wonderful life you had raising your children in such a peaceful setting.
Shyam Adrift added this note
wonderful... this feels so good!
mike carvell added this note
great family life tale friends be happy thanks
Sal Page added this note
All in all, you must be in a very good place to write like this. It feels like you're very present in the tale as you tell it, and I feel like I'm hearing it aloud as I read it.
Mary Yuhas added this note
Hi Robin, I will give it a careful read later on today when I have some time. Did you read the article on the father/son book?
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