Madge A. Bigham
The Material for the House
ELL," said Father Gipsy, "the next thing for
us to do, is to buy the things we need to build
Joe-Boy's house with. Just get a pencil and paper,
Mother Gipsy, and I will write them down as we think of
them. First, there must be brick for the chimneys and
for the foundation; and there must be sand to make the
mortar; and there must be glass for the windows, and
iron for gas and water pipes; and then there must be a
great lumber pile. It will
take ever so many planks to build Joe-Boy's house—broad
planks and narrow planks, thick planks and thin planks,
long planks and short planks, and all very strong."
"Yes," said Mother Gipsy, "our straight, tall forest
trees will give us all the planks we need—they, too,
will help to build the house."
So Father Gipsy wrote all the things down in his little
book and then went away to buy them.
For many days after that, the big wagons loaded down
with the lumber and brick and sand rolled down the big
road to the place where the house was to be built.
Mother Gipsy watched the things go by with a happy
heart, and sometimes she would take Joe-Boy in her arms
to watch the men unload the wagons.
It was then she would pat the tired horses on their
heads and stroke them very gently. That was the way she
said "Thank you" to them for helping to build Joe-Boy's
house. "For who would draw the heavy wagons loaded with
lumber and other things, were it not for you, kind
horses?" she said. Then, she would take Joe-Boy's soft
hand in hers, and show him how to say thank you,
too—just as she had done.