|Christening Minerva's Children
||After the morning's work was done, I took my little basket most full of
to the pen-place near the hen-house where is
and her fourteen baby chickens. One baby chicken didn't hatch. I had most enough christening robes ready on yesterday afternoon but one. When I did go to sing her baby to sleeps,
did help me to fix that one while I did carry in some wood for her. She put a little ruffle of lace on it and a little blue bow of ribbon. It looked very nice. I did have thinks how nice they would look if all of the christening robes for the baby chickens of Minerva did have little bows of ribbon on them.
had asks what was my thoughts about, and I did tell her. And she did say she had thinks that way too. And she did make a go to her
that was under the shelf where does set the bottle of vaseline that her young husband does smooth back his
with. That vaseline jar is most empty again. When Elsie did find some little ribbons in her work-basket, she did go and raise up the trunk-lid and she did find some more little ribbons in the tray of the trunk. She tied them all into little bows. And some were pink and some were lavande and some were blue and some were rose. There was enough for every baby chicken to have one on his
. And I did sew them all on at
on yesterday when the
did put me under the bed. Light enough came from the lamp on the kitchen table so I could have sees to sew them all on.
||When we was come near
, I made a stop to put on their
. Nicolas Boileau and
did have lavande ribbon bows on theirs. They waited waits in a corner of the basket while I did put on the others.
Sir Walter Raleigh
had a little pink bow on his. He would not keep still while I was getting him into his robes. He peeped three times. But
Sir Francis Bacon
was more fidgety than he was. It took quite a time to get his christening robe on.
did wear the christening robe with the ruffle of lace around it, and before I did get him put back in the basket there, he did catch his toe in that ruffle of lace. Then he peeped. I took his toe out of the ruffle, and put a christening robe with a rose ribbon bow on it on
and one like it on
, because their names was together in the book
did write in.
||After I did get little brown
and all the rest of the children of
, then I did take out of my pocket her little white cap with the ruffles on it like the ruffles on the morning-cap of
. I tied it under Minerva's bill. She was a sweet picture in it coming down the
aisle by my side. Minerva is a plump hen of gentle ways. It is not often she does talk, but she did chuckle all of the time while her baby chickens was getting christened.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003