Mattie Mae by Edna Beiler

By Edna Beiler

During this pleasant tale approximately an eight-year-old Amish woman, readers can see what it truly is prefer to adventure the fun of Amish farm existence: receiving applications within the mail, discovering child kittens, attending marketplace, and driving within the buggy that allows you to city.

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Mattie Mae mumbled something. She could feel her face get red. She always felt funny when Hannah called her Baby. Why, Lizbet and Benjy were both younger than she was! "Mom sent me with your money," Mattie Mae said. "There, Mammy! " Hannah's face beamed. "She's the nicest woman I ever worked Page 17 for. Just think, sendin' somebody all this way on a chilly day like this. " Hannah bustled around some. Her house was tiny and plain, even plainer than Mattie Mae's own Amish home. Everything was neat and clean, though.

Mattie Mae, with her eyes still tight shut, was "seeing" the flowers Benjy had described, each separate one as he told about it. When he came to the part "when the sun shines on them, they shine right back," it seemed as if all the flowers she had imagined were shining at the same time. " Benjy asked. "Ach, yes. I liked it a lot. Now it's my turn. And I'm seeing the catalpa grove, Benjy. Not the way it is now, but the way it will be later on when the honeysuckle vines make such a sweet smell all over it.

From there she circled back to the barn and climbed up into the haymow. That ought to keep Benjy from trailing after her, for sure! She wanted to be alone. For a long time, Mattie Mae just sat there thinking. What a topsy-turvy day this Saturday had turned into! It was so quiet in the barn, with the sunbeams on the bright clean straw, she almost fell asleep. Suddenly, plop! Something landed just beside her. It was Mopsy. She was purring to herself like everything, too. " Mattie Mae asked herself.

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