Grandpa Skippy didn't put up a fuss at all; he was way too cold to fuss about the cold. Uncle Seaburn was concerned if the little tree had any roots still attached. He was pleasantly surprised when he removed the tree from the bucket that held it. The little Christmas tree had plenty of roots still attached. Uncle Seaburn looked at Bill and said, Some things are here to stay, while other things are just passing through. This little tree is here to stay. The Ward family traveled from cotton field to cotton field, living out of their covered wagon until they became sharecroppers in Dover, Arkansas, in 1926. There, they encountered Mrs. Cartwright and her children, who were left to fend for themselves while Mr. Cartwright took an extended trip to New Orleans. The Wards took the Cartwrights under their wings, angering Mr. Cartwright when he returned to see them thriving without him.