Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Thomas Family]
a-carin for the lot of them without no work.
“Look, there comes my girls, I sure am glad they got home in time fer you to see them. Fer a spell didn't neither of them go to school, fer they didn't have no good dresses and they didn't want to go and bnot be dressed up nice like the tother girls. Then the nuss-woman, when she found out about hit she give me some right nice things and I made them over fer the girls. I can sew right nice like when I have the material and the time. But how I ever learnt hit a-movin about all the time, I don't know, guess hit jest come by nature like and mid-wife work.
“Then the County Relief give me some dresses fer the girls that was made in the sewin room. They look real good and is real stylish-like too. I wisht we didn't have to take things from folks and the Relief, but seems like all the mite of the money that Harris makes, jest has to go fer food and then we don't have enough. Ifen it hadn't been fer that nuss-woman a-helpin us with food we would a gone real hongry, lots of times, I guess.
“A lady give Grace a real nice pair of shoes too. I told Grace tother day hit were a pure shame fer her to hafta wear them to school. Walkn so fer in the sand, they soon won't be fitten to wear to Sunday School. I'd a mind to let her quit school ifen she wanted too, she's sixteen now, but all her friends air goin and she wants to keep at hit.”
Mrs. Thomas sighed deeply and looked toward her daughters as they stood by the roadside in conversation with friends: “She wants to go to High School too, Grace does, and ifen her friends all go I guess we will hafta try to send her. I don't see why a girl needs so much education, hit don't do them no good, they usually ups and marries and whut good does a whole passel of larnin do them. Of course everybody needs to learn to read and write, but that's about all they do need, especially the girls.
“I never had much larnin, or Harris neither. We jest went to little