Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America.
This morning was very pretty. The sky was a soft blue and sometimes there were puffy, white clouds that left moving shadows on the lawn. I can see them from the upstairs window. I had to do my lessons and then Mother said I could go outside to help weed the garden. My lesson was all about wagons. They were wagons with four wheels and they were pulled by horses or oxen. Josh and Brent usually sit with me when I ride in the wagon with Mother and Father. They don’t take up any seat space because no one can see them. I am the only one.
Toward evening, Brent and Josh came running up the stairs to find me. Brent was so excited, he tripped on the last step. Our stairway has a curve near the the top. Josh was excited also. Someone had placed some items on the downstairs hallway floor; right outside the dinning room doorway. Brent said there was a beautiful dolly, a ball and something called a “car.” He said it was a blue “car.” I hurried down the stairs to look. There they were. It was strange because no one in my family even noticed these things on the floor. They did not step over them or around them, yet they did not seem to trip over them. Josh thought that they could not see any of them. I think he was correct.
The dolly was truly beautiful. She was laying down. Even though the ball seemed very different to me, I am certain it would roll quite nicely down the hallway. This “car” appeared to have the same round wheels that were on the wagons I had just studied in my book; but they were much smaller. It really did not look like any wagon I have ever seen. And it was BLUE. I did not touch the dolly because she was sleeping. I already have a ball so I did not touch it. But I did try and move the “car.” I pushed it just a little and it rolled……………
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