Guest post by Amanda
Two more weeks! She only had to make it two more weeks and she could go home for good and never have to live with Mrs. Brewster again! One day at a time! She decided to mark the days off one at a time to help make the days go faster. She studied every evening so she could still keep up with her class in town.
Mrs. Brewster was still just as miserable and Mr. Brewster avoided the house. It kept getting colder and colder. Wednesday night she was worried that there would be no school and she would have to stay with Mrs. Brewster and Johnny all day. However, the blizzard never came. She trudged through the snow to make a path to get to the school. ( I cannot imagine this as I myself complain if I have to go start my vehicle in the cold and quickly scrape off the windshield!)
That day school had just gotten started when there was a knock on the door. It was the superintendent, Mr. Williams! Laura knew this was a test of her abilities. She was so nervous she could barely speak normally. She could also sense that the children were nervous too. (Wow! This is amazing to me that at 15 she could handle all of this.) She was so happy that the children were doing their best. (I think this shows how children respond to someone who truly cares for them, which I feel that Laura genuinely did.) Poor Laura felt that her discipline would be questioned because one student asked to go to the stove and the other who shared a book with him did not ask, but just went.
When Mr. Williams said that he had to leave Laura asked if he needed to speak to everyone. When he said yes, she was immediately worried and I am sure she had that sick feeling in her stomach right before you just know something bad is going to happen. Then he said it: “Whatever else you do, keep your feet warm.” Phew! She had passed the test!