Jane sat at home with butterflies in her stomach as she listened to her father talk politics. She was excited about her new job, but nervous to tell her parents. She wasn’t sure how her father would react to the fact that she would be working in the Governor’s house, everyday. He had developed a growing interest in the patriot cause since he had little else to keep his interest during recovery. And as money was tight he had an ever growing resentment towards the taxes imposed by mother England. Jane contemplated all this and hoped her father would not be angry about her new job. She decided since nothing was concrete, she would just keep the news to herself while she worked for the next week. Jane jumped at the sound of her father’s voice. “I’m sorry pa, I didn’t hear what you said,” said Jane.
“I was asking what you were doing tomorrow,” replied Pa.
“Oh, I have some errands to run. I’ll be gone for most of the day.” Jane had not thought about how she would account for her time during the week. Maybe it would be best to tell her mother what she was doing. If she was going to keep this a secret she was going to need back up.
Jane let her hands soak up the warmth of the water as she cleaned the dishes. Her mother was washing clothes next to her. In order to earn a little extra money Jane and her mother had taken on some extra laundry form the people in town. It helped, but it was not enough and Jane and her mother both knew that.
“Mama,” said Jane
“I, uh, wanted to tell you something.”
“Well, I went looking for a job today. I thought we could use the money.” Jane’s mother paused from her work and looked at her daughter with soft eyes.
“That’s very responsible of you Jane,” Mama replied with pride. “You’re right we could use a little extra income around here,” as she returned to her washing.
Jane and her mother washed quietly side by side for a while, both ignoring the obvious question. “Mom,” Jane finally decided to break the silence, “how do we tell Pa that I’m working for the governor?”
“Well Jane, I think, we don’t.”
“For right now we just don’t tell your father. Your father, he’s a proud man, he’s a proud patriot. He is already feeling weak right now, finding put that you are working for the governor and giving the money to us would only hurt him. So for now we’ll just keep it between us. If he asks what you’re doing each day, we’ll just tell him that you’re are delivering laundry.”
“I’ve never really lied to Pa before, not like this, but if you think it’s best then I guess that’s what I’ll do.”
“I do Jane, I do think this is best, for now.”
To Be Continued . . .