Get to Know Her
Describe what a typical day is like for you.
On a typical day, I wake up to the sight of Turtle Mountain outside my window. My father works the night shift in the coal mine inside the mountain, so I get ready for school myself. I have breakfast in the boarding house dining room. Some of the adults around the table are grumpy and some are boring, but some have interesting stories to tell, and they make up for the rest. If there's school, I have to go, but if there's no school, I go to visit my friend Patricia. She has a wonderful treehouse, and her grandmothers, who take care of her, let us do anything we want to—almost. There's lots to see and do around the town, and because the town is new, there are always new people to get to know. Later in the day, after my father has had a chance to sleep, he and I go for a walk together. That's the best time of the day.
Who is the most important person in your life?
The most important person in my life is my father. My mother died when I was younger. My father and I look after each other.
What thing do you love most in the world?
The thing I love the most is running around the town with no grown-ups telling me what to do. I used to live with my grandparents, and they never let me do anything.
What is your greatest wish?
My greatest wish is to move out of the boarding house into one of the pretty little houses some of the miners live in with their families. The boarding house is fun, but I'd like to live in a real house with my father. My other wish is to grow up to be a reporter like Cora Hind. She told me that lots of women are becoming reporters, so there's no reason I can't be one.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear would be that I lose my father.
What do you do for fun?
My friend Patricia and I come up with new ways to make fun of the boys in the class, especially Peter, who thinks he's braver than I am. The other thing we like to do is stand at the window of the saloon and watch the gamblers get into fights.
What aspect of life in the twenty-first century do you think you would love the most?
Being able to travel very far, very fast. Plus, I think I would enjoy driving a car.
What aspect of life in the twenty-first century do you think you would dislike the most?
Parents don't let their kids run around so much without supervision. I hate supervision. I like to just go.