That early evening, after supper, the wonderful thing happened. The two Mrs. Barneses had been to call in the afternoon--they came right away after Gertrude was there to make her announcement--under a black cotton umbrella, with clean aprons on, bringing a milk bucket full of soup and two pies. It was all they had on hand, they said. Tomorrow they would do better. They said they never saw a prettier new-born baby. They had seen plenty, they said, but they never saw a new-born baby to equal Parley. Mr. Taylor brought a dishpanful of fresh-picked strawberries. He said the baby looked like a baby that was going to grow up and make them all sit up and take notice.
--From The Peaceable Kingdom