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Mom and Dad

March 2, 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 Mom and Dad.

Dad told me that one time he was going somewhere in his early years of marriage. He saw a car parked in the edge of a cotton patch and a young man sitting on the ground. His hoe was leaned against the car. Dad slowed down and yelled, “You lazy bum. Get up and get that cotton chopped.”

The young man jumped up and began cussing at Dad. The young man, who was bigger than Dad, jumped in his old car and pulled out on the road behind Dad. Dad speeded up and was able to outrun the man. Dad said he didn’t pull that stunt again.

Dad taught Mom how to drive. At that time, a Driver’s License was not required in the state of Texas. Right after she learned, Dad had her driving to go visit his twin sister. Dad was always pulling stunts on Mom. He began to touch Mom and caress her while she was driving. She would push his hands away and tell him not to bother her while she was driving.

Dad continued and as Mom made a left turn onto a dirt road, she did not straighten the wheel because she was busy pushing Dad’s hands away. She continued turning left right through a barbed-wire fence.

Several times through the years when we made that same turn, Dad would point out that this was where Mom ran through the fence. Of course, Mom would remind us that Dad had caused it.

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