"There goes the bell! It's the letter carrier! Let me answer!"
"Oh, let me! It's my turn this week!" cried Flossie.
"But I see a blue envelope. That's from Aunt Sarah!" the brother
Meanwhile both children, Freddie and Flossie, were making all possible
efforts to reach the front door, which Freddie finally did by jumping over
the little divan that stood in the way, it being sweeping day.
"I beat you," laughed the boy, while his sister stood back, acknowledging
"Well, Dinah had everything in the way and anyhow, maybe it was your
Mother is in the sewing room, I guess!" Flossie concluded, and so the
started in search of the mother, with the welcome letter from Aunt Sarah
tight in Freddie's chubby fist.
Freddie and Flossie were the younger of the two pairs of twins that belonged
to the Bobbsey family. The little ones were four years old, both with light
curls framing pretty dimpled faces, and both being just fat enough to be
good-natured. The other twins, Nan and Bert, were eight years old, dark
handsome, and as like as "two peas" the neighbors used to say.
thought it strange there should be two pairs of twins in one house, but
said it was just like four-leaf clovers, that always grow in little patches
This morning the letter from Aunt Sarah, always a welcome happening, was
"Do read it out loud," pleaded Flossie, when the blue envelope
opened in the sewing room by Mrs. Bobbsey.
"When can we go?" broke in Freddie, at a single hint that the
contained an invitation to visit Meadow Brook, the home of Aunt Sarah in
"Now be patient, children," the mother told them. "I'll read
in just a minute," and she kept her eyes fastened on the blue paper
in a way
that even to Freddie and Flossie meant something very interesting.
"Aunt Sarah wants to know first how we all are."
"Oh, we're all well," Freddie interrupted, showing some impatience.
"Do listen, Freddie, or we won't hear," Flossie begged him, tugging
"Then she says," continued the mother, "that this is a beautiful
"Course it is. We know that!" broke in Freddie again.
"Freddie!" pleaded Flossie.
"And she asks how we would like to visit them this summer."
"Fine, like it - lovely!" the little boy almost shouted, losing
words in his delight.
"Tell her we'll come, mamma," went on Freddie. "Do send a
won't you, mamma ?"
"Freddie Bobbsey!" spoke up Flossie, in a little girl's way of
indignation. "If you would only keep quiet we could hear about going,
you always stop mamma. Please, mamma, read the rest," and the golden
was pressed against the mother's shoulder from the arm of the big rocking
"Well, I was only just saying - " pouted Freddie.
"Now listen, dear." The mother went on once more reading from
"Aunt Sarah says Cousin Harry can hardly wait until vacation time to
Bert, and she also says, 'For myself I cannot wait to see the babies. I
want to hear Freddie laugh, and I want to hear Flossie "say her piece,"
she did last Christmas, then I just want to hug them both to death, and
does their Uncle Daniel.' "
"Good! - goody!" broke in the irrepressible Freddie again. "I'll
Aunt Sarah this way," and he fell on his mother's neck and squeezed
she cried for him to stop.
"I guess she'll like that," Freddie wound up, in real satisfaction
"Not if you spoil her hair," Flossie insisted, while the overcome
tried to adjust herself generally.
"Is that all?" Flossie asked.
"No, there is a message for Bert and Nan too, but I must keep that
time. Nobody likes stale news," the mother replied.
"But can't we hear it when Bert and Nan come from school?" coaxed
"Of course," the mother assured her. "But you must run out
in the air now.
We have taken such a long time to read the letter."
"Oh, aren't you glad!" exclaimed Flossie to her brother, as they
the stone wall that edged the pretty terrace in front of their home.
"Glad! I'm just - so glad - so glad - I could almost fly up in the
boy managed to say in chunks, for he had never had much experience with
words, a very few answering for all his needs.
The morning passed quickly to the little ones, for they had so much to think
about now, and when the school children appeared around the corner Flossie
and Freddie hurried to meet Nan and Bert, to tell them the news.
"We're going! we're going!" was about all Freddie could say.
"0h, the letter came - from Aunt Sarah!" was Flossie's way of
news. But it was at the lunch table that Mrs. Bobbsey finished the letter.
"'Tell Nan,'" she read, "'that Aunt Sarah has a lot of new
tidies to show her, and tell her I have found a new kind of jumble chocolate
that I am going to teach her to make.' There, daughter, you see," commented
Mrs. Bobbsey, "Aunt Sarah has not forgotten what a good little baker
"Chocolate jumble," remarked Bert, and smacked his lips. "Say,
Nan, be sure
to learn that. It sounds good," the brother declared.
Just then Dinah, the maid, brought in the chocolate, and the children tried
to tell her about going to the country, but so many were talking at once
that the good-natured colored girl interrupted the confusion with a hearty
"Ha! ha! ha! And all you-uns be goin' to de country!"
"Yes, Dinah," Mrs. Bobbsey told her, "and just listen to
what Aunt Sarah
says about you," and once more the blue letter came out, while Mrs.
" 'And be sure to bring dear old Dinah! We have plenty of room, and
will so enjoy seeing the farming.'"
"Farming! Ha! ha! Dat I do like. Used to farm all time home in Virginie!"
the maid declared. "And I likes it fuss-rate! Yes, Dinah'll go and
corn and" (aside to Bert) "steal de watermelons!"
The prospects were indeed bright for a happy time in the country, and the
Bobbseys never disappointed themselves when fun was within their reach.
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