As our store kept getting busier Mom spent more and more time with customers while I went ahead with all the other work.
By the time I was eighteen the housework and garden was primarily my responsibility. I didn't mind and enjoyed working. my youngest brothers enjoyed tagging along and helping in any way they could. We spent days together singing as we weeded and hoed the garden and then harvesting and canning the vegetables.
Every Monday when I did the laundry they would hand me the pieces to hang on our pulley line clothes line. Standing on the front porch to hang up all the clothes I could see the customers as they came and went from the store, but I didn't pay too much attention to them as I kept working.
One Monday as I was hanging up clothes Mom came out of the store and asked me to come, that there was a woman there that wanted to talk to me. I left the rest of the wet laundry in the basket and went to the store to see what she wanted.
As I entered the store the woman introduced herself to me and then came right to the point. She had been coming to our store frequently and was impressed how it seemed that I really enjoyed working. Her son, she continued was old enough to get married, and she wanted me to promise to be his bride. They would provide the wedding just as soon as I could get ready.
I was speechless, and then noticed her son sitting on a chair behind her looking uneasy as if he wished he could be any where except there. I couldn't help but feel a little sorry for him.
It didn't take me long to tell his mother that I was very happy being courted by LV and that I would not be accepting her offer. As I went back to my work I had plenty of time to think. I felt disappointed that my first marriage proposal was weird.
When there was a break in the customers Mom came into the house and told me how sorry she was and that she had no idea that was what that woman had wanted when she asked to talk to me. After I assured her I was okay we both had a good laugh as we headed out to the garden to work together till the next customer came.