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Hong, Edna Hatlestad, 1913- / Muskego boy
(1943)

Chapter 3: Goodbye to Drammen,   pp. [15]-22


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the sun stays up long past your bedtime in May. Besides, you and Karen 
will get in everybody's way, and we have too much to do to watch you. It's
best for you to be in bed. Then we know you are safe. Mor, give them some
flatbread and cheese, and I'll find the bedclothes." 
Long after Karen had closed her tired eyes in sleep, Mikkel lay and 
pouted and listened to the feet tramping on the deck right over his head.
Imagine! Having to go to bed the minute one got on a ship for America! 
"I suppose the boy with the red cap is seeing everything. I suppose
he 
is running all over the ship. It isn't fair!" thought Mikkel. 
Although Mikkel was determined to stay awake and learn all he could 
from noises and voices he heard, it was not long before his long eyelashes
drooped down and lay against his rosy cheeks. 
Mikkel woke with a start. A saucy sea-gull had just landed on his shoul-
der, but it turned out to be Far bending over him and shaking him. 
"What is it, Far? Is it time to get Little Goodness and Gullsi for milking?"
"Have you forgotten we are on our way to America?" laughed Far.
"Has the boat started? Are we going?" cried Mikkel, sitting up
so quickly 
he bumped his head against a beam. 
"Not yet," answered Far, "but the minister is up on deck and
is about 
to preach a farewell sermon to us. It may be a long time before you see a
minister or hear a sermon again." 
Mikkel was too sleepy to hear much of the sermon, but the minister said 
one thing over and over which he could not forget. It was, "Do not forget
your fathers' God! Do not forget your fathers' God!" 
When Mikkel was asleep in the upper bunk again, he dreamed of a 
church bell which boomed and thundered: 
"Do not forget your fathers' God! Do not forget your fathers' God!"


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