by Rosie Atkinson
“Put On Your Big Girl Panties and Deal With It”.
The Sewing Room Caper
“Not fair,” I said, out loud because Miss Johnson came over and tried to console me by saying she was sure I would pass tomorrow’s test and all I really needed was a good night’s sleep.
Miss J’s cajoling didn’t cut it. I was still worried I would not remember my lessons and was determined to put in another couple of hours of reading. After most of the girls were asleep, I stole out of bed and without turning on any lights managed to find my way to the first floor to the little sewing room just off the big playroom.
I had been engrossed in my reading and didn’t hear the door open until I heard Miss Meilie call out: “So! There you are, Rosalie. I finally caught you in the act.”
“What act?” I snapped back at the scowling matron. “I am trying to study for a test tomorrow and need to learn the rest of this lesson before morning.”
Some of the girls began rushing down the stairs when they heard the ruckus.
“Not dead, girls, but this will be reported in the morning,” she hissed. “All of you go to bed now” she said to the girls who had heard the fight and came down the stairs in a mob.
I was only one of two passengers that night. It wasn’t very far to Grandma’s house and I managed to stay awake for the short ride. As soon as Grandma came to the door I felt safe once again. Nobody to hit me here. No mean matrons making accusations. Just Grandma with a hug and a cup of hot cocoa ready in minutes. Grandma was never a demonstrative type and rarely sympathized with any of us kids. But I felt like in this case she understood after I explained the situation.
Three Years Earlier
House Rules for Home Kids
Chapel, Confirmation and Church
And lo, a Babe was born in a manger, and lo, a wise man fainted from too much clothing in the warm chapel, and lo, the chickens got loose and ran under the pews toward the open door and escaped!
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