"Or like how Frank picked me up, no matter how fun it was." I replied laughing. "Yeah, Kitty come here, now Gideon, you offer your arm and take a walk." Milly advised as I walked over, taking Gideon's offered arm and walking to the other side of the room. "And once you get them alone from their family, to sneak an arm around their shoulders." Milly advised as we laughed when Gideon gave her a wide-eyed look before slowly doing as she suggested, blushing as he did so. "This is known as courting." Milly told them with a smile.
I grinned at Milly as I walked back over to her with Gideon. "So we're going to teach you boys how to go-a courting." I told the boys with a smile as the boys stared at us. "Going what?" Caleb asked. "Just listen. Goin' courtin', goin' courtin'/ Oh it sets your senses in a whirl. Goin' courtin', goin' courtin'/ Dudin' up to go and see your girl." I sang, walking over to Daniel and Ephraim. "Oh, it's fun to hunt and shoot a gun, Or to catch a rabbit on the run/ But you'll find it's twice as sportin' goin' courtin'." I sang with a smile as Milly took over.
"Now there's lots o' things you gotta know. Be sure the parlor light is low/ Y' sidle up and squeeze her hand/ Let me tell you fella's that is grand." she said with a smile as she looked over to me. I grinned and Daniel moved closer to me and I let my head fall onto his shoulder, the two of us laughing afterwards as Milly continued.
"You hem and haw a little while/ She gives you kinda half a smile. You cuddle up she moves away." I groaned as I did so, causing Milly to laugh, knowing that I was a big cuddler. "Then the strategy comes into play." Milly sang as I got up. "Goin' courtin', goin' courtin'/ If you find it hard to break the ice/ Goin' courtin', goin' courtin'/ Here's a little feminine advice." I sang as I walked over to Benjamin and Frank, the two turning to look at me, listening intently.
"Roll your eyes and heave a little sigh. Grunt and groan like you're about to die." I laughed at the two as they did so before skipping around their chairs to Milly's side. "That is what's known as emotin' goin' courtin'!" I sang as Benjamin stood up. "How 'bout sparkin'?" he asked. "And parlor's darkin' and you're longing for a fond embrace." Milly said with a sigh. "What about pettin'?" Gideon asked. "And sofa settin'?" Ephraim added. "Ah, suppose she ups and slaps your face?" Caleb asked as he walked over to us as well.
"Actually, that would be me, that's always my go-to move." I replied with a laugh. "Just remember "blessed are the meek"/ Don't forget to turn the other cheek, Pretty soon you'll both be larkin', Goin' sparkin'." Milly replied, turning to me with a raised eyebrow. "Why don't you take over from here, Kitty?" she offered. I nodded with a smile.
"Goin' dancin'!" I sang brightly causing the boys to gape at me. "Going dancing?!" they asked. "At a fancy ball or minuet/ Goin' dancin', You'll impress her with your etiquette." I replied. "You mean men are learning how to dance?" Frank asked. "Yes, it came direct from Paris, France/ It'll help your romancin' goin' dancin'." I replied. "Now, watch me, place your hand here and here and go like this." I instructed, showing Frank how to dance. "Alright, the rest of you pair up, Benjamin, you too." I told the male as I pulled him up from his seat. We spent the next few minutes messing around as the boys got the hang of the dance. "There we go! You got it!" I praised the boys a few minutes later.
"Keep your dancin'!" Gideon exclaimed. "And Huntin'!" "And shootin'!" "And fightin!" "And trappin'!" the boys exclaimed as they gathered around us with large smiles. "Cause we're going courtin!" we all sang with a laugh. After the excitement I quietly headed back out to the barn to check on my other dyes. I quietly slipped my apron back on along with my mask before stirring one of the pots, lifting the shirt out of it to check the color. "What you doin' now, Kitty?" a voice asked. I turned to see Daniel walk into the barn. "I'm checking the dye. Some colors take within a few minutes while others, like this one, have to sit over night." I replied. "Oh. That's kinda cool. But why are you making and dying shirts?" he asked as I showed him the once starch white shirt that was now a light green. "I'm making them for you boys so you have something nice and new to wear to the barn raisin'." I replied