His Aunt Addy sure did remind him a lot more of his Pa and this lady here reminded him a little bit of his Ma. The way she was dressed and the way she talked and stuff. Josh was more like his Pa he supposed. His Ma was real prim and proper and had tried to show his Pa how to be the same, but every time his Pa did something like that he looked real goofy like and complained the entire time. Josh had gotten in trouble too many times by his Ma for laughing at his Pa when he had to do that stuff!
Addy made him feel right at home and comfortable. That squeeze on his shoulder was just what he needed when she had mentioned his Ma passing. While she might have been prim and proper and maybe a bit too strict, Josh sure missed her something awful. He was glad when they started talking about something else.
He didn't believe Addy when she said she wasn't smart. She had shown him some of the very best things in all the world he supposed! Just like that one eyed cat and the way she could whistle was just something special! He swore one day he was going to be able to do the same, though right now he could do nothing but blow hot air between his lips. Learning to whistle like her was way higher on his priority list than to learn his alphabet.
"So, Master Josh... Joshua, I suppose. Do you know your alphabet yet, young man?"
Master Josh?! Wow that made him sound something official! He shook his head though and finally spoke for the first time.
"I think my Ma tried to show me some of that stuff, but I don't really remember it. Something about A's and apples and B's and bears..." He tilted his head with a bit confused like expression. "Is that right?" He said to the girl as he took Addy's hand for a moment only to let go quickly when the girl finally agreed to come out to see the horses and the cat. He ran ahead and pushed open the door. Now was a good time to try and do that whistle.
He pursed his lips together, formed an 'o' and blew hard as he could through his lips. "I'm callin' the cat!" He explained to the two women. But again, nothing but hot air between his lips. He tried again. Lips together, 'o' and blow! He blew so hard his face was turning red as he stood there holding the door open for the two ladies.