Rex was taking off for days at a time with no good accuse on why. On return he would bring food back for a few days but then it would be gone and they would be hungry again. No food to eat at home so there is none to bring to school. The kids at school would make fun of them so Jeannette would hide in the bathroom until they threw whats left of there lunches in the trash then she would pick threw whats still good. They went months without having there clothes washed because the cold wouldn't allow them to dry, so eventually they went to the laundry matt after the stench got unbearable. Looking for fuel for the fire Jeannette and Brian found they could collect coal that had fallen off from coal trucks making there delivery. Although they found some coal it wasn't enough so Jeannette and Brian went and found sticks that were dry enough to burn because with some warmth outside made everything wet and the wood did not want to burn so lori decided to try getting the fire going with kerosene and ended up burning herself. The next day or so Jeannette went to a classmates house to work on a school project. This was the first time she had ever experienced a furness with a thermometer and thats all she dreamed about sense that very moment.
"Dad had taken to disappearing for days at a time. When i asked him where he'd been, his explanations were either so vague or so improbable that i stopped asking."
"I told people that I had forgotten to bring my lunch. No one believed me, so I started hiding in the bathroom during lunch hour."
"Pieces of coal were always falling off the trucks when they made there deliveries, and Brian suggested that he and i get a bucket and collect some."
Rex coming home after disappearing for days at a time.
Jennet hiding in the bathroom during lunch so the kids don't pick on her.
Jeannette and Brian collecting coal that had fallen off from the trucks to heat there house.
After months of not washing there clothes and the stench getting unbarable, rosemary splurged and took them all to the laundry matt.
Lori tried to get the fire going with kerosene and ended up causing an explosion that burned her.
Jeannette went over to a classmates house to work on a school project, while she was there she experienced what having a furness was like for the first time.