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Unformatted text preview: 'GIRL ashthe white clothes onMonday and put them on the stonehe‘ap; wash the color clothes on Tuesday and but them on the clotheSline to dry; don’t walk barehead _in the hot sun; cook pumpkin fritters in very hot sweet oil; soak your little. cloths right after you_ take them off; when buying cotton tomake yourself a nice blouse; be sure that it doesn’t haVe gum on it, because that way it won’t hold up well after ‘a wash; soak salt fish over- night before you cook it; is it true that you sing benna in Sunday'school?; always eat your food in, such a ~ . way that it won’t turn someone else’s stomach; on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming; don’t sing benna in Sunday school; you mustn’t speak ‘towharf-rat boys, - not even to give directions; don’t eat fruits on the‘ \ a» 2d,» ‘43: NGifl'4N street—flies will follow. you; but I don’t sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school; this is how to sew on a button; this is how to make a button- hole for the button you have just sewed on; this is how to hem a dress when you see the hem coming down and so to prevent yourself from looking like the slut I know you are so bent on becoming; this is ’ how you iron your father’s khaki shirt so that it doesn’t have a crease; this is how you iron your father’s khaki pants so that they don’t have, a crease; this is how you grow okra—far from the house, because okra tree harbors red ants; when you are growing dasheen, make sure it gets plenty of water or else it makes your throat itch when you are eating it; this is how you sweep a corner; this is how you sweep a whole house; this is how you sweep a yard; this is how you smile to someone you don’t like too much; this is how you smile to someone you don’t like at all; this is how you smile to someone you like com- pletely; this is how you set a table for tea; this is how you set a table for dinner; this is how lyOu set a table for dinner with-an important guest; this is how you set a table for lunch; this is how you set a table for breakfast; this is how to behave in'the presence of men who don‘t know‘you very well, and this way they won‘t recognize immediately the slut I have warned you against becoming; be sure to wash every day, even if it is with your own spit; don’t squat “Gigi-5N down to play marbles—you are not a boy; you know; don’t pick [people’s flowersfyou might catch some-r thing; don’t throw stones at blackbirds, because it'v might not- be a blackbird'at all; this is how to make a bread pudding; this is how to make doukona; this is how to make pepper pot; this is how to make a good medicine for a cold; this is how to make a good’ medicine .to throw away a child before it even be- comes a child; this is how to catch a- fish; this is how to throw back a fish you .don’t like, and that way something bad won‘t fall on you; this is how to bully a man; this is how a man bullies you; this is how to love a man, and if this doesn’t work there are ' other ways, and if they don’t work don’t feel too bad about giving up; this is how to spit up in the air if you feel like it, and this is how to move quick so that it doesn’t fall on you; this is how to make ends meet; always squeeZe bread to make sure it’s fresh; but what if the baker wan’ t let me feel the 'bread?; you mean to say that after all you are really going to be- the kind of woman who the baker ,won’t let near the bread? ...
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