Eats with a Fork
One Sunday when Sibyl was 16 months old, she surprised us all by picking up Mamma’s fork during a temporary absence of Mamma from the table and helping herself to food. Of course there was a grand chorus of “See that,” and laughter.
The foregoing are outlines of Sibyl’s feet when she was 16 months old. We could not get a very good outline because she said the pencil “tickled,” and moved her feet a little, but the size is all right. The outline of the hands on the following page was taken at the same time.
Helped to Milk the Cow
During the summer of 1889 whenever I could be home at milking time, I would take the Baby out to the barnyard when Mamma milked the cow and have some warm milk milked into Sibyl’s “own cup” for her to drink. She seemed to like it better than anything else. She would say, “more,” “more,” like Oliver Twist till satisfied.
She would talk about the “cow” and “Tory,” the name she gave to a calf we called Victoria, and the chickens or “Tickens” and “Quack Quack” which was her name for the ducks, and help papa to gather up the eggs, break ’em too sometimes, and seemed at that early time to enjoy out door life very much. She took a great interest in animals and birds and growing things. So much so, that she would go into Mamma’s radish bed and pull the radishes up by the roots and eat them, with the sand and earth still adhering to them.
I do not know that as yet anything has been said of the great love that filled all our hearts for the Baby. Her coming seemed to make us all love each other more and better than ever before. As we were all loving, patient and tender with the baby, so we all seemed to be more patient and considerate of each other.
The entire contents of “The Record of Little Sibyl” can be seen in these posts:
- The Record of Little Sibyl (part 1)
- Christian Temperance Union Delegate (part 2)
- Eats with a Fork (part 3)
- Sibyl Runs Away (part 4)
- Handsomest Baby (part 5)
- Ball, Moon, TicTac (part 6)
- Dream Girl & Chocolate Man (part 7)
- Sibyl Evades Death (part 8)
- From Sister Mary (part 9)
- From Aunt Nellie (part 10)
- What is the Use of Spanking Me? (part 11)
- First Written Word (part 12)
- Sibyl’s First Poem (part 13)
- Sibyl Graduates High School (part 14)
- Final Words (part 15)