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Kountry Life Memories

Uncle Joe and Aunt Gracie
I am almost 50 now, and back in the late '50's and early '60's my fondest memories were of visits to see my great aunt and uncle in Arkansas. They had a big old farmhouse in the mountains with a porch that went all the way around the house. The best water I ever tasted was from a dipper out of a bucket drawn from their well. My uncle Joe tried to learn to ride a bicycle one time, and took off downhill on the dirt road. The trouble was, nobody ever bothered to teach him how to apply the brakes. I remember that he landed tangled up in the barbed wire fence on the side of the road scatched up and shaken but nothing serious. My whole family laughed about that for years. Other things I remember with fondness - like digging potatoes and picking corn, shooting 22's at rabbits in the fields, using the outhouse, and being scared to death of their milk cow for some reason. Looking back, they were poor, but never knew it. How I wish I had similar experiences and pleasures to instill in my children, but city living just isn't the same. I have recently bought my place in the country though, to help create some good memories for my grandchildren.

Steve D., from TX, entered 2001-11-09

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