“Something Bright,” Zenna Henderson, 1960 – A young girl living in the Depression meets a generous but peculiar neighbor.
Comments: Read in Galaxy: Volume 1.
Excerpt: “Do you remember the Depression? The black shadow across time? That hurting place in the consciousness of the world? Maybe not. Maybe it’s like asking do you remember the Dark Ages. Except what would I know about the price of eggs in the Dark Ages? I knew plenty about prices in the Depression.
If you had a quarter—first find your quarter—and five hungry kids, you could supper them on two cans of soup and a loaf of day-old bread, or two quarts of milk and a loaf of day-old bread. It was filling and—in an after-thoughty kind of way—nourishing. But if you were one of the hungry five, you eventually began to feel erosion set in, and your teeth ached for substance.
But to go back to eggs. Those were a precious commodity. You savored them slowly or gulped them eagerly—unmistakably as eggs—boiled or fried. That’s one reason why I remember Mrs. Klevity. She had eggs for breakfast! And every day! That’s one reason why I remember Mrs. Klevity.”
Author: Wikipedia: “Zenna Chlarson Henderson (November 1, 1917 – May 11, 1983) was an American science fiction and fantasy novella and short story author, and an elementary school teacher.”