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    2011 - 06.10

    Yesterday I was honored to be asked to read a story or two from my book Saturday Night Cocoa Fudge at an adult day care center. I say honored because I was the one that was blessed simply by being with these living chapters of history. After I read the chapter titled “Bitter Lesson”, the director asked if I wanted to read them another story. I said, “How about I ask if anyone wants to tell me a story about being young, in the 30s, 40s or 50s?” Some of them started smiling so to encourage them I said, “Aw c’mon, surely you did something to get in trouble like I did when I was little. I’ll make you a deal; tell us when you did something nice and we’ll smile and act like we believe you.” First they laughed, then they started telling me their stories. Oh, how I wish you could’ve been with me. These beautiful lined faces were wreathed in smiles and they blossomed like a field of flowers. One of the gentlemen told me two stories. One was about being a little boy who attended the funeral of Pretty Boy Floyd. He told me about the beautiful suits the men wore, the handsome fedoras sitting jauntily on their heads. He talked about the big black cars lined up; men still inside them, and everyone knew they were federal agents. Wow, can you imagine?

    He also told me another story that lightened the mood and I welcomed it. He told me about making molasses with his daddy. He said he had to work with the sugar cane and then boil it. (I’m sorry to say I didn’t catch everything he said because a lady kept coming up to me with an adult diaper in her hand. I wasn’t sure if she wanted me to change her or put the diaper on myself.) While it was boiling, he had to skim something off the top and every night he’d give it their 400 pound hog. Man, that was a big ‘un!  “One day it was really hot and that stuff I skimmed off sat in the hot sun all day and fermented! So I gave it to that hog that night and…well missy, have you ever seen a drunk 400 pound hog?” I said, “I think I was married to him once.” They laughed so hard two of them started coughing so hard they lost their dentures.

    I wouldn’t have missed that day for anything. It was truly one of the best days of my life and I can hardly wait to go back.

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