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Grandson Ricky

February 23, 2013

This is an excerpt from my second book, “Memory Harvest of a Sharecropper’s Son,” which is now available in Amazon Kindle format and in printed format. This story is about my grandson, Ricky.

I definitely remember the night Ricky was born in 1980. Bill and family were at our house and Sue went into labor. I took Bill and Sue to the hospital and was there with them when Ricky was born. When he came home from the hospital, I went after them and brought them home.

A funny memory of Ricky was the first time we went to Samuel Farm for a family get-together. As Billie and I walked in toward the table they had set up, Bill sent Ricky and Howard (Ricky’s friend) to come take over carrying the cooler. The two boys began carrying the cooler when a couple of guineas came toward them. They dropped the cooler and ran from the guineas.

Later, we entered the animal petting area with some of the kids so they could feed the animals and pet them. Billie was standing with little, petite Brittany, letting her feed a small goat. Ricky was standing behind Billie and reaching around her to feed the goat. He said he did not want the goat to butt him.

Howard was always with Ricky anywhere they went. When they would come to our house for a holiday dinner, Howard was there. He always called us Granny and Granddad. We consider him about the same as one of our grandchildren.

Once they were keeping our Poodle, Cocoa, while we were out of town. They had a plastic baggy with Iams mini-chunks dry dog food in it. Howard and Ricky came in late that evening after being out. Ricky came back into the living room where Howard was sitting eating from the bag of dry dog food. Ricky stopped him and told him what it was. Howard thought it looked like Cocoa-Puffs.

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