Wilderness World of John Muir by Edwin Way Teale

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When I got to the sod-house where everyone was, I was offered a hotwater tea. I was really cold, and I was really thirsty. They knew I was cold and thirsty, so they offered me tea so that I could get warmer quickly. I asked for water instead of tea. I asked for water. The water was quite warm. They knew that I was really cold, so they offered me a cup of warm water. I asked for really cold water even though I was really cold. I went to the porch and I got some really cold water and drank it until I was filled with water.

So we stayed on the open ice to rest, but I was really thirsty. We didn't have any fuel, so we couldn't melt ice to make water. There were some people in the camp where we were going, and we knew that they had fuel. We had to stop to rest, though, because it was Sunday. We had no tea and no heat and no water, and we weren't supposed to travel. I was really mad at the people who told us that we weren't supposed to travel on Sunday. I remember it started storming. It was really stormy and I started crying.

She felt sorry for me and was full of affection for me. She was good to me. She fed me cooked or frozen meat, and she melted ice for me so I would have water to drink and wouldn't go thirsty. After she fed me, I felt warm and cosy. I felt much better. Sometimes I wouldn't have eaten for days and days. This went on through the winter. When spring came, we left the winter camp to go hunt for seals. When the ice melted that summer, we went to hunt caribou. I often woke up in the night to hear my mother crying.

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