When the car pulled into the yard Thomas came out and told Miriam and his mother that two calves had been born whilst they were away.
“Both calves are alive and healthy too so that’s a bonus.’ Have you had a good afternoon then?
“Yes,’ Jackie is so big now; he is walking around and is talking as well.’
“What about Janice?
“She looks tired Tommy, I think looking after her father, brothers, and Jackie is a bit much for her.
“Well she could come and stay for a while if she likes.’
“I don’t think she would Tom, she will not desert her family. She told me the house had gone to wreck and ruin since she had been away and it had taken her three days to clear the rubbish and dirty washing. All the floors had to be scrubbed and the path hadn’t been scrubbed either. “Poor lass was beside herself wasn’t she Cora?
“Little Jackie is lovely though; I wanted to bring him home with me.
“Now don’t start getting broody on me now Cora, William Joked.’
“I cannot wait for our first grandchild.”
“Now mother I don’t want you spoiling my son when he comes.”
“Son? It might be a daughter you know said William.”
William looked at Cora and said I always wanted a daughter.”
“Well enough said about that I think. Cora had mis-carried a daughter and she still wasn’t over it. Every year on the anniversary of the child whom they named Mary Cora would lock herself away in her room and would not come out until the next day.
“Right are we ready for some beef casserole said Cora changing the subject.
They all washed up and sat at the table the casserole dish was placed onto a wooden board then she sliced some fresh bread.
When the lid was lifted the smell of the casserole hit everyone’s nostrils.
“That smells gorgeous mother; my mouth is watering here.”
Cora smiled then using a ladle served up the casserole. William took a slice of brown bread and dipped it into the thick gravy. It was red hot and he nearly burnt his tongue off. He sucked in cool air as he stood up and went over to the sink to get himself a glass of water. He gulped down half a glass as his tongue cooled.
“That will teach you to wait until everyone else has got their food before you dig in Cora said with a scowl across her face.
“Sorry pet I was hungry.’
Thomas blew on his then placed it into his mouth and chewed with satisfaction.