Umber (19.6 – Vera’s Story)
March 19, 2012 § 6 Comments
I never realized how many long hours my mother spent toiling away at the farm on Elm Creek, until she was gone and we took over the chores she left behind. Papa farmed from sunup to sundown as usual. My sisters, Kate and Myrna, helped in the fields, took care of mama’s garden, did the wash and tended to the animals. I still went to school, but was also given the job of cooking for the elders on Sundays, and for papa, my sisters, and Ervin all the rest of the week.
Raising Ervin became my responsibility. He followed me around like my shadow, whining to be held, his nose running, his diaper hanging halfway to the ground until I remembered to change it. He was a lot of work, and I would have resented it more if I hadn’t found the routine of caring for him somewhat comforting. It kept me busy in the evenings, when I would otherwise have missed my mother the most.