Early the next morning Father drove up with
the carriage. He held the little horse's head while Mother and the children
climbed into the two-wheeled carriage. Then Father got in and off they
started down the road to the town where the children's cousins lived. There
they were going to spend the day.
Part of the time the road led through groves
and groves of tall coconut trees. Then it ran along by the side of the
ocean where waves danced and sparkled in the bright sunshine.
Finally the road left the ocean, and ran
along between fields and fields of rice. In some of the fields the rice
was ripe, and people were busy cutting it with long, sharp knives.
| In one field a man was plowing. His carabao
was pulling the plow across the field and back again, making the soil ready
for the rice plants.
Another field was black with rice birds.
The birds were feeding on the ripe rice. The children wondered why some
one was not frightening the birds away. Then they saw the reason. The little
boy in the hut was fast asleep.
Manuel called to him, "Wake up! The rice
birds are in your field!" The little boy woke up with a start. Quickly
he pulled a string. The string pulled the bamboo poles out in the field.
The poles shook the leaves that were tied to the strings between the poles.
Away flew the rice birds!
At last the family reached the town. Soon
they came to the house where the
|children's cousins lived. Out from the house rushed Paz and Juan.
Down from the carriage jumped Manuel and Rita. As soon as the greetings
were over, the children ran to join some of their friends who were playing
The boys played a game with sticks. Each
boy found two sticks, one a short stick and the other a long stick.
Manuel put his short stick down on a stone.
Then he hit the end of the short stick with his long stick. The short stick
flew into the air. While it was in the air Manuel hit it again as hard
as he could. The stick flew through the air and landed far away on the
The next boy hit his short stick. It landed
under the house. Juan's stick hit a tree and bounded back.
After each boy had had a turn, they
found that Juan's stick had gone the shortest distance. So Juan was
"It." Juan had to hop to each stick, pick it up, and hop back with it to
Just as he was hopping under the house
to get the stick that had gone there, out ran a pig. The pig ran right
into Juan, and over Juan went on top of the pig. The squealing of the pig
could be heard above the shouts of laughter of the boys.
The girls played a jumping game. Paz and Rita
sat down on the ground. Paz put her right foot against Rita's left foot.
The other girls ran and jumped over their feet. Then Paz put her right
hand on top of her foot. She spread her fingers as far apart as she could.
Now the girls had to jump higher, for they must not hit her fingers.
Then Rita put her right hand on top of
Paz's hand. This made the girls jump
|still higher. One girl hit Rita's hand. She had to take Rita's place.
So the game went on. Higher and higher
went the hands, and higher and higher the girls had to jump. Rita won because
she jumped the highest of all.
All too soon the visit was over. Back into
the carriage climbed the family. They said good-by, and off they started
When it got dark Father lighted the lantern
on each side of the carriage. On the back of the carriage he hung a lighted
After a while the full moon came up. It
made the coconut and bamboo trees throw queer shadows across the road.
At last the little horse stopped in front of the little house almost hidden
by the banana plants and bamboos.