A young woman stops to stretch her back in the afternoon sun.
Why did Mother suggest I come here? I’m a stranger, and the people don’t accept me.
I’ve been ignored and getting scraps of work all day. I miss home, I miss my husband. Why did he have to die?
No, she sighs, I can’t think like that, I must be strong. Mother needs me now, and I can’t let her hunger.
I won’t complain. I’ll be grateful and do my best.
Life must go on.
Suddenly, Ruth sees a ruddy young man smiling down at her. Yes, she thinks while shyly smiling back. Yes, life must go on.
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