By Elizabeth Hay
From a few injuries of affection and climate we by no means particularly get better. on the worst of the Prairie airborne dirt and dust bowl of the Thirties, a tender guy looks out of a snowstorm and eternally alters the lives of 2 sisters. there's the gorgeous, fastidious Lucinda, and the tough and tenacious Norma Joyce, initially a wierd, self-possessed baby, later a girl who learns anything of self-forgiveness and of the redemptive nature of artwork. Their contention units the degree for all that follows in a story spanning over thirty years, starting in Saskatchewan and relocating, within the a long time following the warfare, to Ottawa and big apple urban. Disarming, vividly advised, unforgettable, it is a tale concerning the error we make that by no means depart, approximately how the issues we wish to preserve vanish and the issues we wish to lose go back to hang-out us.
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Blue tinted her mouth as she shivered. " Shenandoah looked up at the windmill towering over us. "I want to listen to the mockingbird. He barked like a dog this morning," she said. I placed a protective arm around her. "It wasn't a mockingbird," I insisted. I knew mockingbirds did sometimes bark like a dog, but not in this temperature. " I pulled her toward the door. " "No, it's not. " She glanced over her shoulder as I pushed her back into the schoolhouse. Miss Gibson and Josh Paul stood by the window, still talking about the weather.
About a mile from camp, I heard a clicking sound coming like dozens of butter churns hitting, wood on wood. I crept up the hill, crouching low. A band of Indians was crowded around a field. " Now that's more like it, I thought. "I'd say seventy-five or more natives cheered from the side. I watched from a clump of trees. They started swinging sticks at a small ball. When I crawled closer, I realized they were playing a ball game of sorts. A wild ball game. Turtle shells tied at their knees clicked and clacked as the players ran through the short grass.
Page iv Acknowledgements Special thanks to the editors of Windmilling, a history of Swisher County, for their labor in preserving county history. Thanks to all my critique partners, my sister, Ruth Sims, and other friends who have shared their knowledge so willingly. Last and most important, thanks to my husband, Dickey, and my best friendsmy daughters, Stephanie Nance and Cynthia Freeman. Page 1 Chapter One The coldest day in Texas was also the day I found out I was in love with Josh Paul Younger, just like every other sappy, twelve-year-old girl who lived in Swisher County in the Texas Panhandle.
A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay