Sunday, August 15, 2010


As in real life, Mrs. Hill's stories often involve a person being in the right place at the right time. When newly married to a high school, then college coach, we moved five times in five years. This was difficult for me, away from my parents, a homebody ready to settle in and stay somewhere. In every new place, God provided an older friend or two who made me feel welcome and at home.

Murray boarded with Mrs. Summers in A New Name. (Hill, GL, 1926) On his first day of work, she fixed oatmeal, grapefruit, scrambled eggs, toast and fried potatoes, and several cups of coffee. In our house, that would be two breakfasts.
On Sunday morning, they had an omelet, brown bread, baked apples with cream and more coffee. At lunch, there was fried chicken, mashed potatoes and toast, creamed onions and custard pie for dessert. That evening for supper, she pulled a tea table close to the fire, and they ate hot bouillon with toast, chicken sandwiches and cocoa.

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