First on Francisca's list is to pray in the prayer room.
prays that she will stay beautiful, and that her family will prosper enough to buy a big house in Mexico City, where she will
the the belle of every party.
2. Lave en el rio
(wash in the river)
Francisca's favorite chore is to wash in the river. She heads
downstream to the bridge and enjoys a wonderful sunny morning with her soap.
Mama always says that she takes far too
long washing, but Francisca doesn't think so. It takes a certain amount of time to make oneself beautiful, of course.
puts on a work shirt and skirt and pulls on her leather moccasins to get her through a long work day.
Before the room,
she makes sure to check her reflection in the mirror in case some dashing young caballero rides by when she is least expecting
is still working on the first part of her hope chest- the napkins. She is carefully embroidering each one with different
colors of thread to make them as beautiful and impressive as possible.
She can't wait until she is done though, because
then she can start working on her next gown. She has already ordered the fabric from Tia Magdalena in Mexico City.
5. Reuna ropa sucia
(return the laundry)
her sisters have finished doing the laundry, Francisca gathers up the bundles, hitches Pimientos up to the cart, and goes
all through Pleasantville returning the laundry and collecting the money for it.
Francisca likes her part of the laundry,
because it means she gets to visit with the townspeople and get paid at the same time.
6. Conteste a cartas
(write back to letters)
still has not written back to Tia Magdalena's latest letter because it made her slightly angry.
Tia Magdalena kept
telling her about her beautiful friends in Mexico City who were all getting so many things done- finishing their hope chest
in 6 months with beautiful tablecloths and silver plates and cups, and it made Francisca feel very behind.
it's about time she wrote back, so she writes to tell Magdalena how hard she is working on her hope chest, leaving out the
bit about how she is still only on her napkins.
7. Limpie el espacio
(clean your room)
room is very messy since it took her a long time to decide what to wear this morning.
She cleans up all the clothes,
folds them neatly and puts them back in the cupboard before sweeping the floor, tidying the bedcovers and straightening the
shoes near the bed.
8. Alimente pollos
(feed the chickens)
Francisca grabs one full bag of corn kernels and begins her walk out to the goat
shed. There she finds the chickens squawking their little feathery heads off, waiting for their morning meal.
over the food bowl with her toe, Francisca pours the full bag of corn kernels into it. The chickens jump excitedly in
and begin devouring the corn.
Francisca rubs her own stomach, hungrily.
9. Reuna los huevos
(collect the eggs)
the chickens are busy eating their breakfast, Francisca climbs up to their nests and searches for the eggs. If there
are enough she can bring them back to the kitchen for Mama to make torrejas for breakfast.
10. Haga las tortillas
Luckily the chickens laid a lot of eggs last night, so Francisca brings
them into la cocina and starts to make a batch of tortillas for the torrejas.
11. Ayude a mama con la cocina
in the kitchen)
Francisca finishes her batch of tortillas, hands them to Mama and starts getting down the
pimientos to make torrejas. She spends the rest of the morning helping Mama make the rest of the meals for the day and
cleaning up afterwards.
12. Obtenga agua
last chore is to fill up the water jug at the stream. She carefully balances the black jug on her head using a circle
of corn husks braided together.
When she gets to the stream, she kneels down by the water, and collects the
water, taking a little extra time to wash her face.