July 1, 1633

"You reckon we could afford to do something special for the Fourth?" Ella Mae Jones was sipping iced chamomile tea and making faces at it at the same time. "Lord above, I wish a person could afford sugar," she muttered.

Nancy Simmons ignored the comment. Ella Mae was always griping about something. "What do you mean, do something special?"

"Well, you know Huey was born on July seventh." Ella Mae made another face at the tea. "And your boys, well, they all have summer birthdays . . .

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