It's in Joey & Co
Jack Maynard, the only member of the family to have finished, was lounging in the doorway, smoking his pipe when the boys came tearing up to the house, triumphantly waving bunches of correspondence for everyone.
"Hand over!" he said. "Now keep still, both of you." He raised his voice in a long melodious yodel, winding up with "Posty!"
Everyone promptly left everything and converged on the hall where he now stood beside the table, sorting out the packets. Joey, who had been bathing little Phil, arrived with her in a big towel. Margot with a shriek, shot along from the kitchen where she had been stoning plums for Anna. Len and Con, busy with the dusting of the bedrooms, slid down the bannisters and Ruey, whose turn it was for the bathroom, came with polish canister in one hand and cloth in the other. Roger and Roddy had been shaving down sticks as kindlings for Anna who insisted on using the old-fashioned charcoal stove for her cakes and pastry, though she condescended to the brand-new electric cooker Jack had installed for everything else.
The cause of all the excitement grinned as he scanned the motley crew. "Stand easy, the lot of you! Now don't natter and give me time to sort these out. Joey, at least ten letters for you and a parcel that looks like some kid's M.S. for you to vet."
Joey pulled a face as she took the parcel and scanned the address which was written in an untidy script hand. "That wretched infant from Rochdale! This is the third M.S. she's sent me since I wrote and told her to go ahead and some day she might write a book that a publisher would take. Either she spends most of her days at it or else she's resurrecting all her old ones by degrees for my benefit! That all for me?
I don't know why a doctor who specialises treating in pulmonary TB is smoking
, but it's nice to see everyone helping with the housework (although I'm not sure a can of polish is the most useful thing for cleaning the bathroom) and prissy Len sliding down the banister
Ah, those halcyon days of yore, when the post used to bring letters from family and friends, instead of just bills and junk mail ...