Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Thomas Family]
“I got four now and I'll be right smart proud ifen more come as poor as we is. Younguns is a heap of expense and sometimes they is a heap of worry and grief, like pore little Joey I been a-tellin you about. But they is worth all the trouble and worry and expense. Harris he don't pay them so much mind. Of course he loves them and he does his best fer them I reckon, but he jest don't seem to get the pleasure outer them like I do.
“See them two little fellers playin out under that orange tree, right in the dirt? Well, that's my little girl, the youngest, Ruthie, she's most three years old. Johnnie there, is Della's boy and she had long before that crazy spell come on her. Then we got Joey too, he's the one I been a-talkin about, he's most eight years old. Ellie, who is most fourteen, and Grace who is sixteen. Them's my oldest daughters. I do hope they get home before you leave I want you to see them, they both is so sweet and purty. Well, that's my family of younguns so fer. Seems like I never did have as many younguns as
Mrs. Thomas peered up the road. “Yes, I sure hopes they gets here soon, I know you will like them. I try to teach them good manners, and to stay dressed nice too, and fix theirselves up. I never let them girls wash no dishes or clothes, or do no scrubbin, fer thet hurst their hands. The nuss-woman, she thinks hits somethin turble that I don't lern Ellie and Grace to work more. But pore little things, I guess they'll lern to work ifen they marries pore boys. Seems like