The story so far: Eva is a little girl living in post-war Germany. Because she might be in danger of contracting Tbc she is sent to a children's home, which is also used as a sanatorium, on the island of Norderney in the North Sea. She is away from home, on her own, for the first time in her life.
Eva Goes On Holiday # 3
Miss Manfred took the Heidi book away from me. I cried a bit because I like my Heidi book and I wanted to read it again. Miss Manfred said that she would read it to all of us, in the afternoon, when we are all lying on our beds having a rest.
My Mum sent me some sweeties because I asked for them but Miss Manfred
took them away too and she shared them out to everybody. But that’s all right because Miss Manfred shares out everybody’s sweeties and we get some every afternoon.
It is very nice to lie on my bed and suck a sweetie and Miss Manfred reads my Heidi book out loud and sometimes we all fall asleep after a bit.
This morning Miss Manfred asked me if I could go and clean the rubbish bin in the toilets. I said I would and found the Vim and a brush and some cloths in the cleaning cupboard. Then I took the things into the toilets. There was nobody else there. I shut the door and because the bin was full of rubbish and I didn’t know what to do with it I tipped it all out on the floor. The bin was very dirty. I tipped in the Vim and got some water on the brush and scrubbed the bin until it was much cleaner. I dried it with the cloths. It was lovely and white after I finished cleaning it.
There was still the rubbish from the bin on the floor. I picked it all up again and put it back into the bin. I left nothing lying on the floor because I wiped the floor with the cloths too. It took a very long time.
Then I went out to play with the other children.
When it was teatime Miss Manfred asked me if I had remembered to clean the bin. She should know without asking because it took me a long time and I missed a lot of playing time because I was in the toilets. When I said yes, she said, are you sure, and she looked at me like Miss Speer does when she asks why there are no names on the blackboard. Her face was all shut in and her mouth was closed and in a line and her face came right down to mine and she asked again, if I was sure. Well, of course, I was and I was a bit frightened because she didn’t smile and I told her to go and look and that I had put everything back in the cleaning cupboard afterwards.
Miss Manfred said, very well then, but she didn’t smile and she didn’t say thank you either, which Mum says you must always do when somebody does something for you.