Because it’s been a while . . .
Note: this is more of a read-aloud. Violet says this is supposed to have a Jabberwocky kind of feel — I think Dr. Seuss has a major hand in there as well.
And other smoky stuff
Hello. Are you wondering about that smoky stuff people call Tobacco? I know about it, so here goes…
A guy named John Rolfe wanted to go to Jamestown. But when he got there he saw that everyone was suffering. Luckily, John Rolfe knew that he could save the people. Into his pocket he reached and pulled out the most amazing, most fantastic thing ever…
“And what, may I ask, is so amazing about a leaf?” cried the townsfolk in disbelief. “Aha, now this is not just any leaf!” said Rolfe. “This is the amazing leaf! The one that will save us all!” he cried. The townsfolk stared. And John Rolfe said, ” Tobacco! Yes, tobacco, yes!” And one man cried, “Hurray! The things we lack will not kick our behind!” The people hurrahed and hurrayed. So the people of Jamestown hired indentured servants to plant and plant the delicious lemony leaf. They sold and sold the delicious lemony leaf. Hurrahing and hurraying was what the people in England did as they smoked until they rotted. In the year sixteen hundred and nineteen, the Jamestown colonists bought slaves from a Dutch ship and the slaves did not hurrah and hurray, for they mustn’t stop working, and planting, and working. Every year Jamestown bought many much more slaves. Success was theirs! Hurrah! Hurray! Their “green gold” goody was amazingly tasty and smoky! Hurray! Hurrah! And weebly-wah!