SOMETIMES I HAD FUN. I WAS CREATIVE AND I JUST DID THINGS, CLIMB THINGS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO INVENT GAMES OR PLAY, YOU USE WHAT YOU HAVE. THE FARM HAD PLENTY OF INTERESTING PLACES TO PLAY. HUGE COTTONWOOD TREES BELOW THE HOUSE TO CLIMB, A LARGE NATURAL SAND PIT TO THE LEFT OF THAT OLD HOMESTEADERS HOUSE WE LIVED IN UNTIL CHARLES BUILT A HOUSE.

FRANCES ALWAYS TOLD STORIES ABOUT ME THAT MY CHILDREN LOVED. SHE TOLD ABOUT BROTHER PLANTING GRASS IN FRONT OF THAT HOUSE WE LIVED IN, WHERE THE CLEACHY ROAD WENT ON DOWN THE HILL TOWARD THE BARN, GRANERY, AND WHERE THE COW PEN’S WERE.

I DO KNOW SHE SHOOK HER FINGER IN MY FACE AND THREATENED WHAT SHE WOULD DO IF I MESSED WITH THAT FRESHLY PLANTED GRASS.

HONESTLY I WOULD NEVER HAVE CONSIDERED DOING ANYTHING TO THAT TERRITORY HAD SHE NOT DONE THAT. WELL I HAD TO FIGURE A WAY TO MESS WITH THAT WITHOUT GETTING NAILED FOR DOING IT. AND A PLAN CAME TO ME. I DO NOT RECALL DOING THE FOLLOWING. I HOPPED ACROSS THE GRASS ON MY TIPPY TOES. THEN THE TALE AS SHE TOLD IT,GOES, I BROUGHT FRANCES AND SHOWED HER WHERE THE DOG WALKED ACROSS THE AREA.

SHE SAID THERE WERE NOTHING BUT THE TOE PRINT, AND IT TOOK HER AWHILE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT I HAD DONE. BLESS HER LITTLE HEART. I DID RECIEVE FROM HER MANY SWITCHINGS WITH THIN BRANCHES OF LITTLE, GREEN WILLOW TREE’S. I HAVE MEMORIES OF SOME OF THOSE ON MY BARE LEGS. AT THAT LONG AGO TIME I WORE DRESS’S SHE SEWED ME OUT OF CHICKEN FEED SACKS THAT WERE MADE OUT OF COTTON PRINT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING AN EXTRA BONUS TO PROMOTE SALES. LITTLE TINY DRESS, NO PROTECTION FOR MY LEGS.

WHEN BROTHER AND I WERE IN TROUBLE TOGEATHER AT LEAST HE WORE DENEM LONG PANTS AND HAD NO BARE LEGS. LUCKY HIM.

ONE MEMORY I DO HAVE. WE HAD TO GO AND CUT THE BRANCHES OUR SWITCHING’S. ONCE! I BROUGHT A LITTLE BITTY TWIG BACK. WRATH CAME DOWN AND I WAS SENT BACK TO GET AN APPROIATE BRANCH WITH THE PROMISE OF A MORE SEVERE SWITCHING THAN WAS THE USUAL. I DIDN”T DO THAT AGAIN.

MY MOTHER WAS NOT THE PHYSICAL ABUSER IN OUR HOME. MOST PEOPLE SEEM TO JUDGE THAT TYPE OF CORRECTION TO BE ABUSEIVE, I DID NOT LIKE IT, BUT I DO NOT AGREE WITH THAT OPENION. I NEVER USED A SWITCH ON MARK AND COLEEN. I DID A LIGHT SWAT A FEW TIMES. AS THEY GREW OLDER, I WOULD SIT THEM DOWN AND TALK ABOUT WHATEVER I WAS DISAPOINTED ABOUT. THEY WOULD ALWAYS SAY, “NO MOMA, JUST SWAT US. DON’T TALK TO US.”

PATRICIA

 

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