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Hammock Bound von Gaylor, Barbara D. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 12.11.2014
  • Verlag: BookBaby
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Hammock Bound

Hammock Bound is about life and survival in the early 1900's in the Tampa Bay area.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 75
    Erscheinungsdatum: 12.11.2014
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483550503
    Verlag: BookBaby
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Hammock Bound

CHAPTER 1 - Minneapolis-1912 The day seemed as if it would never end. Marjorie looked out the window to the pond she had skated on the day previous. She could feel the soft breeze blowing on her face and the gentle sound of the wind in the tree branches. "Marjorie...Marjorie," she heard her boss calling her name. "Yes, Mr. Benz," she replied. "Marjorie, can you finish tallying these numbers for me today?" he asked. "Yes, Mr. Benz. Right away." Marjorie picked up the recorder book with a sigh and flipped through the pages. She thought about how boring her life was becoming and wondered if this was how it was going to be forever. Marjorie was an accountant for Dayton's Department Store in Minneapolis. She worked full time to help her mother and her brother Archie pay the bills. Her mother took on sewing and alterations for the neighbors. She saved every piece of thread, button, and material to reuse. "Waste not, want not," was her mother's favorite saying. Archie, on the other hand, was privileged. He was going to dental school at the university. Marjorie longed to be able to go to college, but her momma said, "Respectable girls do not go to college. They belong in the home." Marjorie was already working in a "man's job" as a bookkeeper. Marjorie had an older sister named Fannie. She lived in Fargo, North Dakota. She had two boys, Charles and Marshall. Walter was her oldest brother. He lived downtown and was married to a blustery woman named Helga. Archie and Marjorie were the only ones living at home with her momma. The big clock on the wall finally struck 5:00. It was time to go. Marjorie gave a sigh of relief as she gathered her wrap. She threw it over her shoulders, picked up her basket and began the long trudge home. As she wandered along the slushy 7th Street, she heard a familiar voice, "Good day to you my dear. How have you been?" It was General Grant and his wife. He was the commander of the Old Vermont Brigade. They lived next door and often ate lunch with Marjorie in the park. "Oh, I'm fine, just a little melancholy," she said as she gave a curtsey. "Now that's not like you," General Grant said in his deep voice. "You seem to always be busy or going somewhere most times I see you." "I am meeting some friends for a picnic tomorrow. My apologies, I guess I'm just tired from the day's work," Marjorie replied. "Sounds like you need a little excitement in your life," the general said. "You make the choices for your path child, whether they are good or bad." Marjorie nodded in agreement. The General always had very wise advice, and he liked to challenge her with new ideas. "Have you heard about the land available from the Railroad down in Florida?" "No," Marjorie replied. The general continued speaking without taking a breath, "I heard there is so much good fertile land available, and they are giving it away. Towns are being developed along the railroad path. I heard your Grandma Robinson is going down there this summer. I know her husband is going to the Bahamas to bring medicine to the Islanders, and I thought I heard her say she was going to stay in Tampa while he's gone." The General stroked his beard as he continued to talk, "If you want an adventure, you might see if you could go with her as a companion." The General chuckled and his long white beard wiggled from his laugh. He could tell he had sparked her interest, as her eyes lit up. He loved to see her come alive with curiosity. She was so young and petite. Her long dark hair and her china-doll skin made a stunning sight. "Grand

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