Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Thomas Family]
country schools when we had time and wanted to. Mostly we was kept home to work; besides neither of us like school. They didn't have lots of rooms and a different teacher fer every room like they have now. all the schools I ever went to, they was jest one room and one teacher, and most every youngun there larnt outter a different kind of book. Now days, they all larn outter the same books and hafta keep together. How they do hit, I jest don't know. We had to larn readin and writin fust of all too; now hit looks like they teaches so many things to therwise I kaint see how the young was larn anything.”
The girls then came in quietly and seemed rather timid. They smiled vaguely and acknowledged the introduction to me with limply extended hands and: “Glad to meet you, mam, “ after which they want back to the yard to talk to a passing neighbor.
“They sure is purty girls, and they is jest as good as they is purty. Their hair is jest as curly, they don't neither of them, ever have to put hit up, or have hit curled. I try to learn them to always look nice and I don't never let them do no rough work. They don't even wash the dishes fer me, and I am right smart proud of hit too, fer I want them to be real ladies. I hope they marries young too, hit seems the best thing fer younguns is to git married and be settled while they is young like, then they gits along with each other likely. Some friends of mine want their girls to teach school or work in a office or somethin like that fer a spell anyway, but I don't, I want mine to marry.
“Ifen they does git married soon, I hope they don't hafta go to no big city or town to live, this here place is plenty big. I been in the large towns but I aint never lived there and I don't aim to neither. They is too noisy and crowded, and there ain't no place to raise younguns right. Taint