|Opal's Love for Babies
||Today was wash-day come again. After I did do my parts of the washing, I did go to feed the folks in the
. When I was come back again, I did start to make things out of clay. I was making vases out of clay when the
called me to come empty the wash-water. There were two
full of water. That's an awful lot of water to empty. But I carry it out in the washpan. And washpans full of water are not so much water at a time, but they soon empty the tub.
did have me to weed onions. There were an awful lot of weeds trying to grow up around those onions. It took a very long time to pull all the weeds. And my back did get some tired feels, but I did get those weeds pulled out. I have thinks the onions were saying, when the wind did rustle them, "We thank you for the more room we now have got to grow in." Folks growing in a garden do say interest things.
I did go to the Jardin des Tuileries. I so did go to have a little service there, for this is the
of Charles de Valois in 1270, and the
of Saint Grégoire in 604.
did ride in my pocket to service. He did sleep most of the time, though. I did begin to sing by the two little trees I have planted, for Saint Grégoire I and Charles de Valois. I first did sing, "Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, Dominus Deus,
in excelsis." While I was singing,
Lars Porsena of Clusium
came. They did wait while I did sing two more songs. Then I said a long prayer and a little prayer.
||Afterwards we did start to go along the path. We went a little way. Then I did go aside. I went aside to the
house of Elsie
, to see the new baby. It was sleeping in its cradle that the husband of Elsie made out of a box. He put rockers on the box and Elsie put
in it. After the box did have rockers on it and soft feels in it, they did take the baby girl from the cradle and lay her in the bed. And now everyday, except the day she does go with her mother Elsie to visit her grandma, the baby does lay in the cradle. And Elsie does rock the cradle with her foot while she sews. She sings and sings. She sings "Rocka-by baby in the tree top; when the wind blows, the cradle will rock." And while she does sing, I have
that the little song-notes do dance about the cradle of the baby.
||Today I did stay quite a time long to look upon the face of the baby. I so do love babies. Every night I pray for the twins I want when I grow up. Some nights I pray that they may have blue eyes and golden hair. Other nights I pray for them to have brown eyes and brown hair.
tells me I better stop changing my prayers about so much, or the angels may bring to me when I grow up twins with streaked hair and
||After I did look upon the little baby at the
house of Elsie
, I did have thinks to go to the
house of Sadie McKibben
. I so did go. As I did go along, I did have wonders if mothers can see the little song-notes that dance about their babies' cradles when they sing lullaby songs to them. I went on across the field. When I was come to a stump by the fence corner, I stopped. I heard a
. It came from near the stump. I think it was a mulot I
about. I had not seeing of it. I went on. I saw a blue jay near by the old log where I did hide nineteen acorn children on a gray day in September. He was looking looks about. I watched him make a fly-away with one of my acorns. I did count what was left. There was only a few.
||I went on. When I was come to the
house of Sadie McKibben
, she was washing clothes. On washing days Sadie McKibben does look a bit different from her
on other days. On washdays along in the afternoon her hair does hang in strings about her face. Her dress does have crinkles all
it. And her nice
blue gingham apron
with cross stitches on it does have rumples and soapy smells. I do know so for I do smell those soapy smells when I cuddle close to her apron on washdays.
||Today I did stay by the side of
for a little time. Then I did go to weed her onions for her. They did have looks like they did have needs for more room to grow in. And while I did weed her onions, I did see many beautiful things about. There is so much to see near about and a little way off, and there is so much to hear. And most all the time I am seeing, I am hearing, and I do have such
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003