After the deluge, branches were broken, plants uprooted, and what was worse her beautiful tomatoes lay strewn all over the grass in puddles of water…she could weep…she stood there staring down at them rain still dripping slowly from the brim of her last year’s hat..
How was she going to manage the winters tomato sauce…it was a ready source of income for the family…with Jack still sick, it was the only way she could pay the rent… her tomato sauce was in demand all over the province and here they were, most of the plants completely destroyed..
Sighing, she turned away heading for the house…
As she went up the now muddy path,
Grace came running pellmell down the steps, crashing into her, almost knocking her down…
“What is going on child? she grabbed her arm…”Mama. mama, it’s come"…
“What? oh god, where, how, what piano?”
“The one Uncle Josh promised he’d send”
Josh…that’s all she needed to hear…Josh with his moneymaking schemes that always failed…didn’t he take the last of her savings for this one…what was it now?…Yes electric iceboxes…he said he’d make her rich…well she’d better go in and see what crazy thing he had thought up now…
As she stepped on to the veranda, she stopped short with a gasp…there was the shiny chest and standing next to it was her brother Josh grinning all over his face..
“Didn’t I tell you, didn’t I?…wait till you see…you’re rich Sis" Janis Zroback
Watercolour on Arches Not Paper