Chapter 8 Dance at Grandmother & Grandfather's House
Part 4a: Made themselves pretty - Hair
Her mother and grandmother cleared away the dishes and washed them and swept around the fireplace, while Aunt Docia and Aunt Ruby made themselves pretty in their room.
Laura sat on their bed and watched them comb out their long hair and part it carefully. They parted it from their foreheads to the back of their necks and then they parted it across from ear to ear. They braided their back hair in long braids and then they did the braids up carefully in big knots.
They had washed their hands and faces and scrubbed them well with soap, at the wash-basin on the bench in the kitchen. They had used store bought soap, not the slimy, soft, dark brown (bacon-flavoured) soap that Grandmother made at home and kept in a big jar for daily use.
They worked for a long time with their front hair, holding up the lamp and looking at their hair in the little mirror that hung on the log wall. They brushed it so smooth that it shone like silk in the lamplight. The ends were turned and twisted neatly under the big knot in the back.