The Life of Maggie
The girls name is Maggie or Sarah (Shelby and Lois). She is 7 or 8 years old. Her mother has caught her messing with the chickens.(Mary) Her mother says, " Leave those chickens alone."Her mother, Minnie, doesn't want her messing with the chickens because she might scare them off the nest. Maggie has eggs in her pocket. (Lois) She has about a half dozen eggs in her apron (Shelby). Hopefully they won't be rotten when she gets to the house (Linda).
You can smell the hay and chickens. It smells musty. It reminds Lois of a milking barn. Mary thinks there is a feed sack on the ground and a jump rope. They need to clean up the yard. The ground would get muddy when it rains so they would keep the boards and hay on the ground.
Maggie's dream is to get away with whatever she is doing. She wants to take the eggs in her pocket and hatch baby chicks from them. (Mary) It is in the fall because she has stockings on. (Shelby) It could be close to Christmas. It is probrably in the 30's, 40's, or 50's when they wore penifores. Perhaps she is a time traveler. Maggie's dream is to be an actress. Maggie dreams about going to Hollywood. She thinks about Marlena Diedrich, the actress in Beverly Hillbillies.
The chicken's name is Lucy (Mary Ann). The chicken is a good frying size. Lucy is Maggie's favorite chicken.
The wildest thing she could think to do is run down the road to grandma's house. She doesn't have a boyfriend because she lives on a farm and because of her age.
The picture reminds Linda of "Little House on the Prairie'. It also reminded everyone of "The Yearling" and "Places of the Heart".
Her mother is going to make her go into the house and punish her for disobeying her. Lois said the eggs will stink if she doesn't give all the eggs to her mom. Mary thinks she is from town visiting her grandmother. She is dressed to nice to be from the country. Linda thinks she is outgrowing the dress because it is getting to short. This is the outskirts of Kansas in Littieville (Mary).
She probrably has a firecracker in her pocket. Linda told a story about throwing a firecracker into a mound of cow manure that had been covered in corn for the chickens. The fire cracker went off just before the chickens got to the corn. The cow manure sprayed everywhere, some even landed on the chickens. One chicken ended up with cow manure on its head and was unable to see. It ran into the side of the barn.
There is probrably a big bull in the barn and she doesn't want to go into the barn.
That night Maggie dreamed of catching a bus, Trailways, all the way to Hollywood. Linda doesn't think she makes it to Hollywood though.
She is wearing a dress that comes just past her knees with black patent leather shoes. She is in a tap dance class. Her instructor says she will try out for the new Shirley Temple movie called "The Trouble with Maggie". One day Shirley Temple gets sick. They are going to loose a lot of money. Maggie is the understudy. They put her in the movie and she wowed them all.
She wakes up and discovers it was all a dream. They are cooking the chicken for supper. Under her pillow she finds a feather and a pair of patent leather tap shoes.
Story created by Linda, Lois, Shelby, Mary, and Mary Ann