By the storytellers of Havenwood Heritage Heights
Who wants to play checkers?
Three sisters learning to cook.
The expression on the one girl says they must have made a terrible mistake. "Oh dear!"
"Oh, that looks so good, I want some right now!"
I can smell the ham.
I think they're getting a headache.
They're shocked because the ham shrunk and they need to feed 20 people!
It's Easter. Uncle Harry and Aunt Mary are coming over. They say, "I hope it's better than last time."
There will be a baby in the corner crying and grandmother isn't coming.
Mom's in the hospital so the girls had to cook. She's coming home tomorrow, but not in time for the dinner. She's bringing the new baby home.
I bet it's a boy and that's why the girls aren't happy.
Jane is in the middle. She's the boss. She's a teenager (14).
Janet is on the right. She's 11 going on 12. She was the cook since her apron is falling off. She has to clean up. She thinks, "Is this going to be enough to feed everyone?"
Jill is on the left. She's the spoiled younger one. She's 7 and she's learning how to cook. She helps clean up.
Jill saw the ham when it went into the oven and was amazed that it shrunk. She says, "Wow, it looks delicious!"
They also made mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans, rolls (pass the butter, you're on a roll!).
For dessert they buy the fake stuff from the store, maybe blueberry pie.
They buy ice cream to go with the pie.
They have egg shells all over the place.
There's trees in the background. They're somewhere in New England.
Something in the background says Wine. Mom and dad are away, so the kids will play. Maybe that's why Janet has a headache!
Before cooking, they weren't getting along.
Someone's hiding the eggs. Probably Jane because she's the oldest.
Eggs are hidden everywhere. They do it outside mostly.
They'd better be cooked or it'd make an awful mess!
They colored some of the eggs but they were having a catastrophe!
There are candy eggs: marshmallow, nuts, caramel, peppermint, chocolate chips.
They're all thin - they like to ride their bikes.
The oldest one, Jane, is gonna take off. She says, "I always get all the work!"
By and by, Jane feels guilty and comes back. She didn't want to take consequences for her actions or leave her sisters.
Before guests arrive, they had to clean the house: make their beds, wash the windows, dust, vacuum, buy flowers. Dad bought wine a few days earlier.
They had to feed the dog, Whoopie. She's a 7 year old golden retriever. She's a good girl. She's not a saint, but she's a good girl. They fed the dog the scraps of meat that she didn't like to eat. They put Whoopie down in the cellar in her little pen that she likes while they cook so they don't trip over her.
The girls had to change their clothes - they had to dress up.
The girls prepared a good dinner but they made a mess. One of their aunts volunteered to come early and help.
They ran out and got another ham because the other one was too small.
The new one is still in the oven.
They have a rabbit, an Easter bunny, and they gave him one of the carrots they had bought.
The family all goes outside and hunts the eggs: cousins, uncles, aunts.
One of the aunts asks Jane to play the piano, to play Easter music, and the girls sing and harmonize.
Mom asked the doctor if she could go home a day early because of all the family.
While everyone is singing, mom walks in with the new baby.
His name is. Joseph and he cries all day.
The girls love him and they all become little mothers to him.
They had a delicious dinner and a wonderful day together.
Amen, Happy Easter!