A Merry Heart by Wanda E. Brunstetter

By Wanda E. Brunstetter

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Amos smiled at Miriam, but she turned slightly sideways in her chair and focused on her plate of food, which she hadn’t yet touched. She had no appetite and would have excused herself to go to her room but knew that would appear rude. Besides, she rather enjoyed Mary Ellen’s company. Miriam felt relief when supper was finally over and Papa announced that he and Amos were going to the living room to play a game of checkers. Lewis left the house a few minutes later, saying he needed some fresh air and thought he would go for a buggy ride.

Miriam didn’t return the smile, nor did she make any response. Instead, she rushed over to their propane refrigerator, retrieved a bottle of goat’s milk, and placed it on the table. Amos shuffled his feet a few times and cleared his throat. “Mary Ellen tells me she’s doin’ pretty well in school these days. ” “I do my best,” Miriam mumbled, refusing to make eye contact with him. Mom, Papa, and Lewis entered the kitchen from the living room just then, and Miriam sighed with relief. At least she wouldn’t be expected to carry on a conversation with Amos anymore.

Why bring more questions from Crystal? Crystal pointed to Miriam’s dress. “You’ve torn your skirt. Let’s go find your mamm. Maybe she has something we can mend it with. ” “Jah. ” “Let’s go find them,” Crystal suggested. “Maybe after Mom fixes your dress, she’ll watch the twins for me. Then we can go off by ourselves and do some shopping. ” The idea of some time alone with Crystal did sound kind of nice, but Miriam wasn’t eager to see Amos. She hesitated before answering. “Why don’t you go on? I’ll meet you over by the quilts.

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