A Sweet Bargain

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326508
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Title A Sweet Bargain
Description Milking was an unconscious task for the boy, and he let his mind wander as the warm white liquid shot out in tiny squirts and hit the bottom of the tin pail, making a swirl of bubbles and foam. He watched it as it filled with milk in continuous rhythm that sounded familiar and brought a strange sort of comfort against the morning. Leaning his head against the cow's warm body, he became intensely aware of how tired he really was. His shoulders ached and so did his arms He had worked unusually hard the day before, but his efforts had been worth it. Mr Hunsaker had been generous and given him eight shiny pennies for the job. Mama had seemed so pleased as he handed them to her. Her smile seemed to match the glow of the fire in the hearth, and he knew she had been as happy with his effort as the money. She looked al him for what seemed to be a Song time, studying his face and earnest eyes and then looked at the pennies. She chose the two with the most copper sheen and putting her hands over his she made a fist of his hand, burying the coins deep in his palm. Looking surprised, his eyes darted from the fist to her soft gray eyes. Her expression told him not to argue the matter, and her only response was a reminder that she would tithe the money, that the two full pennies were his to spend. He hesitated; their needs were so great, but her determined smile assured him that this time it was okay. Income for the family had been tighter than the shirt which surrounded his shoulders now. The sleeves edged up his forearm and could no longer be buttoned, and the tails would slip out from his trousers requiring constant tucking. Money had never been plentiful, but since Papa's death last winter things had become even more desperate. He had tried on one of Papa's shirts, but it was so large that it had made Mama laugh and cry all at the same time, and she insisted that his own shirt was a better choice for now That night she cut the shirt apart and began making a smaller version for Clark. He knew they were both poor and proud, and it made the pennies in his pocket even more valuable. They labored with all of their effort to provide His Mama felt it 112
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Identifier 122_A Sweet Bargain.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326372
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