Samuel Norbert Avery knew that growing up in a big family meant
lots and lots of patience. It meant that although it had already been 30
minutes since he had gotten ready, he had to sit on top of his suitcase,
flipping through his favourite Dr Suess book and wait for the rest of the
He heard someone walk towards the living room and looked up to
see his mother carrying his younger sister, who was struggling in her arms. She
put her down on the kitchen counter and started to brush her hair, while his
sister kept yelling really loud. Samuel sighed, thinking about how he had never
been a fan of how loud his sister could be when she had to do something she
didn’t want to do. He recalled how his mother called her Princess Harriet when
she acting this way. She had quite a reputation. His mom always said that she
got it from their dad. Samuel laughed to himself, remembering how his dad would
argue and say that he was pretty sure she got her lungs from mom and mom would
slap his chest.
Regardless of whom she got it from, Samuel had always thought
his sister, Harriet Celie Avery, who was 4 years old, one year younger than he
was, was crazy sometimes. Gramma Catherine had always said that she’s got
‘quite a personality’. He wasn’t entirely sure what she means by that but he
guessed it just meant that the way she behaved was really too much for everyone
to handle. She drove mama crazy; if she didn’t like something, you knew it. She
talked to strangers and always got into trouble at school for saying things you
shouldn’t because she was “too smart for her own good” or atleast
that’s what mama said. Samuel just didn’t understand her sometimes.
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