About the Author
- In 1855 she went to The Sacred Heart Academy in St. Louis where she wanted to learn even more then what her great grandmother had taught her and won awards.
- Kate was honored with a star on the St. Louis walk of fame in 1990
- In 2012 was giving an Iron bust at the Writer's Corner in St. Louis, Missouri
Summary of story
The main character was Mazelle Aurike. She was a strong figured women, her hair was truing to grey. She often wore a mans hat, blue army coat, and top boots while working on her small farm. She took care of her animals while her negros would take care of her cotton feilds. She had lived a very lonely life with no husband or kids. She only has company by her dog Ponto, and the Negros that work for her. One day her neighbor Odile was walking down her road holding her child and her other four walking beside her. Her child was sick and she needed Mazelle to watch her kids. Mazelle has never had experience with children but accepted to take them in. Mazelle fed them and sent them to bed. The kids where confused that she did not know that they needed baths, story's, and to be rocked to fall asleep. That night Mazelle talk to Aunt Ruby, her cook, and said "i'd rather manage a dozen plantation than fo' children." Mazelle had to get use to the kids affection that they gave to her cause she needed to be the mother figure until there mother would return. Mazelle also had to get use to the company in her home with the laughing and crying and also having the children sleep in her bed. After two weeks she grown use to having the childeren around. Also in that two weeks she saw a blue cart coming down the road. The homecoming of the children mother was happy but also was unexpected and frustrated Mazelle. The children where excited to see their mother and left the farm. Mazelle watched as the children went away with their mother but still felt like she could hear there laughter in the house. She went into her house. Sat down and cried. "Not softly, as women often do. She cried like a man. with sobs that seemed to tear her very soul."