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Hattie and Otto
It was a rainy day outside, when I and Otto woke up from being on a long journey to get to our piece of land. When we woke up we were in the middle of nowhere and we were in our wagon. When we started to get going again we were finally getting to our piece of land. When we were finally getting to our land we noticed a house and a little farm getting bigger and bigger so we figured it was our neighbors.
When we got to the neighbors we saw a grown man and a young man out working out on the yard. I told Otto to get down and to introduce us. He did and when he did the grown man, Bob, asked if we would want to join him for dinner. Otto said yes, accurse because we had nothing grown, not a house to have supper in so we were more than happy to come over.
So that night we went over and we had supper with them. They had told us that they had been homesteading for about three years. So we learned that they were a family of four. The dads name was Bob, the mother was Barbara, the son Michael, and there was a baby on the way her name would be Patricia. We said that once we had got ourselves settled we would invite there family over.
When Otto was starting to get some wood from a market 30 miles away he started to put the framing of the house up. So that night we had to stay in the wagon and sleep in there. I was so glad that we had nice friendly neighbors and they cared for us. That night Otto stayed up until dawn and he worked on the house. He planned for it to be a medium sized house not to big not to small just right so we could grow a family there. And he also wanted it to be a rock or brick house. So the next day he went to the same little market and he bought both wood and rock. He said “I want you to pick the type”. So when he arrived I pick the brick house instead of the rock house.
So he had the frame he just needed to put the brick up. So while he did that I went over to the neighbors and I talked to Barbara. She and I wanted to put together some blankets for the upcoming winter. While we were doing that she gave me some advice for the days to come until we got to settling down here in Nebraska. So she said I will need to the basics that I need to keep warm and all the stuff you would have to do to keep warm. That night Otto finished the house and we slept in there that night.
The next morning it was like about 2 o’clock in the morning and me and Otto woke up and when we saw and smelled that there was a fire. We went outside and the whole outside was burned prairie. So we quickly went into action we grabbed a bucket of water we had brought with us for the trip. So we through that all over the prairie and we tried not to panic.
We ended up staying up all night that night so we went over to the neighbors and we told them everything that had happened. They said the same the same thing happened to them .so we just stayed there that night and the boys stayed up and watched to make sure nothing would happen.
The next morning Barbara made us break feast and then here and in went to the hair parlor. She said it would be a welcoming present, So I let her take me. When we got there like 1 hour later, she let me get some groceries and some other needs. Then she took me to get my hair done. I loved going with her she was like my mother by know.
When we got back Bob was helping Otto with some tinkering in case something at our house happens. Barbara and I went into the house and we sat down and I made some of the tea I got at the store. And we talked about some of the other neighbors and how not to go to Georgia’s house and ask for something. We invited them over for dinner. I made my family’s secret recipe for green bean casserole. Everyone liked it. The kids played outside. And the adults just chatted. We had a great time.
That night Otto and me had such a great night. We got to sleep in our own bed and not in the wagon. And we had a great friend gathering. I and Otto decided we wanted to have kids like the Johnson’s. So that night we wanted to go to the market and get some supplies for the baby. So we just got the stuff we would need the most. So we go some cloth to make diapers, and some little bottles, and we got different color cloth to make clothes for the baby(s).
That next morning we went over to Barbara’s house and we told here we would them that we would be expecting. And she said that she was sooooooo happy for us. And then everyone started to cry. And we told here that Otto would be going away for a little while because he wanted to make money for when the baby(s) came. He wanted to get a job as a carpenter but there wasn’t a person who needed anyone for like about 300 miles south so he decided that he would just work for anything he could do.
So he left this upcoming morning and when he left he was so nervous to leave me alone. But he wanted the baby(s) to have a good life. So he decided to only leave for two months, he’d come back in time for the baby(s) to be born and to watch the baby(s) grow. So he left on the month that we had settled in the little house.
I told Barbara that I would be fine by myself, because she was still so nervous for me. When I got back home I found out that we had not had any food in the cupboard or in the shelves. I saw that there were a pack of javelinas that were feeding. So I had thought that the box that Spencer my brother gave me would have something very valuable in there so I could sell it but when I went to go look in the box I found nothing I was soooooo shocked that there was nothing in there so I got soooooooooo mad at Spencer I wanted to beat him so bad.
So that same day I went over to Barbara’s house and I told her everything and she gave some of her corn she had grown and she gave me some dinner in a paper plate. I told her that I didn’t know what I was going to do for those next two months. She said she would take me out to go shopping by the nearby town but she had to take ots of food because it was like 2or 3 days away.
I loved that she cared for me and she was willing to take me out to go shopping I told her that I would d lots of stuff for her around the house. She said it wouldn’t be necessary but I told her I would do it just because. So when we were on our way there we were talking the whole way about baby names and what to do so the baby doesn’t get an outy.
A few days’ later we arrived to that little town. It was so small. It had a few little cute shops. They looked like the ones I went to when I went to my mom when I was a little child. We went into about 3 different shops. I found a bunch of cute little pieces of cloth. Then we decided to go to the grocery store. It wasn’t really a store it was just a little fruit and veggie stand. Then we went home and it took us another 2 days. When we finally arrived to the house we were so happy to be home. When I got home I started to knit the little clothes and onezies for the kids.
…9 months later…
When I was fully pregnant Otto was back and we were about to have the baby. One nigh I woke Otto and I told him that my water broke so I told him to go get Barbara. When he came back the kids were about to come out. When they came out they were a boy and a girl there names were Patricia and Jake Ryan. They were the cutest little kids in the world. I loved them.
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