en-de  The Story of Abraham Lincoln: by James Baldwin, Part 3 Easy
Die neue Mutter

Das Blockhaus, das Abraham Lincoln sein Zuhause nannte, war nun einsamer und trostloser als zuvor. Der Sonnenglanz der Gegenwart seiner Mutter war für immer daraus verschwunden.

Seine Schwester Sarah, zwölf Jahre alt, war die Haushälterin und Köchin. Sein Vater hatte noch keine Zeit gefunden, einen Boden im Haus zu verlegen oder eine Tür einzuhängen. Es gab große Lücken zwischen den Holzbalken, durch die an jedem stürmischen Tag der Wind und der Regen trieben. Es gab nicht viel Komfort in einem solchen Haus.

Aber der Junge war niemals faul. An langen Wintertagen, wenn es keine Arbeit gab, die getan werden musste, verbrachte er die Zeit mit Lesen oder mit dem Versuch, seine Handschrift zu verbessern.

Es gab sehr wenige Bücher in den Hütten dieser hinterwäldlerischen Siedlung. Aber sobald Abraham Lincoln von einem hörte, konnte er nicht eher ruhen, bis er es ausgeliehen und gelesen hatte.

Ein weiterer Sommer verging, und dann ein weiterer Winter. Dann, eines Tages, machte Mr. Lincoln einen Besuch in Kentucky und ließ seine beiden Kinder und ihren Cousin, Dennis Hanks, zu Hause, um sich um Haus und Farm zu kümmern.

Ich weiß nicht, wie lange er wegblieb, aber es konnten nicht viele Wochen gewesen sein. Eines Abends waren die Kinder überrascht, einen vierspännigen Wagen vor der Tür vorfahren zu sehen.

Ihr Vater war in dem Wagen und an seiner Seite war eine freundlich aussehende Frau; und auf dem Boden der Ladefläche des Wagens waren auf Stroh drei hübsch angezogene Kinder - zwei Mädchen und ein Junge.

Und im Wagen waren auch ein paar großartige Sachen. Es gab sechs Stühle mit geflochtenen Sitzflächen, einen Sekretär mit Schubladen, eine Holzkiste und ein Federbett. All diese Dinge waren überaus wunderbar für den Jungen und die Mädchen, die den Umgang mit solchem Luxus nie gekannt hatten.

"Abraham und Sarah", sagte Mr. Lincoln, als er vom Wagen sprang, "ich habe euch eine neue Mutter mitgebracht und einen neuen Bruder und zwei neue Schwestern."

Die neue Mutter grüßte sie sehr freundlich und sah zweifellos mit leichtem Mitleid auf sie. Sie waren barfuß; ihre spärliche Kleidung war kaum mehr als Lumpen und Fetzen; sie sahen nicht gerade so aus wie ihre eigenen glücklichen Kinder, die sie so gut umsorgt hatte.

Und nun dauerte es nicht lange, bis ein großer Wandel im Hause Lincoln vollzogen wurde. Ein Fußboden wurde verlegt, eine Tür wurde eingehängt, ein Fenster wurde angefertigt, die Ritzen zwischen den Stämmen wurden mit Lehm verschmiert.

Das Haus wurde in feinem Stil eingerichtet, mit den Stühlen, dem Sekretär und dem Federbett. Die freundliche, neue Mutter brachte Sonnenschein und Hoffnung in den Ort, der einstmals so trostlos gewesen war.

Mit dem jungen Burschen Dennis Hanks gab es nun sechs Kinder in der Familie. Aber alle wurden mit der gleichen Freundlichkeit behandelt; alle bekamen die selbe mütterliche Fürsorge. Und so gab es inmitten der vieler harter Arbeit viele angenehme Tage für alle.
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The new Mother.
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The log house, which Abraham Lincoln called his home, was now more lonely and cheerless than before.
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The sunlight of his mother's presence had gone out of it forever.
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His sister Sarah, twelve years old, was the housekeeper and cook.
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His father had not yet found time to lay a floor in the house, or to hang a door.
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There was not much comfort in such a house.
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But the lad was never idle.
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There were very few books in the cabins of that backwoods settlement.
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But if Abraham Lincoln heard of one, he could not rest till he had borrowed it and read it.
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Another summer passed, and then another winter.
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I do not know how long he stayed away, but it could not have been many weeks.
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One evening, the children were surprised to see a four-horse wagon draw up before the door.
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And there were some grand things in the wagon, too.
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The new mother greeted them very kindly, and, no doubt, looked with gentle pity upon them.
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And now it was not long until a great change was made in the Lincoln home.
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With the young lad, Dennis Hanks, there were now six children in the family.
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But all were treated with the same kindness; all had the same motherly care.
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And so, in the midst of much hard work, there were many pleasant days for them all.
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The new Mother.

The log house, which Abraham Lincoln called his home, was now more lonely and cheerless than before. The sunlight of his mother's presence had gone out of it forever.

His sister Sarah, twelve years old, was the housekeeper and cook. His father had not yet found time to lay a floor in the house, or to hang a door. There were great crevices between the logs, through which the wind and the rain drifted on every stormy day. There was not much comfort in such a house.

But the lad was never idle. In the long winter days, when there was no work to be done, he spent the time in reading or in trying to improve his writing.

There were very few books in the cabins of that backwoods settlement. But if Abraham Lincoln heard of one, he could not rest till he had borrowed it and read it.

Another summer passed, and then another winter. Then, one day, Mr. Lincoln went on a visit to Kentucky, leaving his two children and their cousin, Dennis Hanks, at home to care for the house and the farm.

I do not know how long he stayed away, but it could not have been many weeks. One evening, the children were surprised to see a four-horse wagon draw up before the door.

Their father was in the wagon; and by his side was a kind-faced woman; and, sitting on the straw at the bottom of the wagon-bed, there were three well-dressed children—two girls and a boy.

And there were some grand things in the wagon, too. There were six split-bottomed chairs, a bureau with drawers, a wooden chest, and a feather bed. All these things were very wonderful to the lad and lassie who had never known the use of such luxuries.

"Abraham and Sarah," said Mr. Lincoln, as he leaped from the wagon, "I have brought you a new mother and a new brother and two new sisters."

The new mother greeted them very kindly, and, no doubt, looked with gentle pity upon them. They were barefooted; their scant clothing was little more than rags and tatters; they did not look much like her own happy children, whom she had cared for so well.

And now it was not long until a great change was made in the Lincoln home. A floor was laid, a door was hung, a window was made, the crevices between the logs were daubed with clay.

The house was furnished in fine style, with the chairs and the bureau and the feather bed. The kind, new mother brought sunshine and hope into the place that had once been so cheerless.

With the young lad, Dennis Hanks, there were now six children in the family. But all were treated with the same kindness; all had the same motherly care. And so, in the midst of much hard work, there were many pleasant days for them all.