|Uncle Melvin (standard:humor, 2757 words)|
|Author: stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer||Added: May 10 2009||Views/Reads: 1830/1211||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Back woods tales of old days and times passed|
Uncle Melvin Paw set at the supper table he is nibbling on large pone of maw corn bread, and talking at the same time, guess you all know who is coming to visit this Saturday he asked? And looked to us at the table for And answer, well maw was the first to bellow back at paw question, I suppose it that old sot brother of yours that is coming maw replied! Now woman don't have talk like that before the children, so Melvin hit the jug now and again, but he's not so bad a sort he just hasn't got a wife to tend to and that keeps him lonely and most likely that why he drinks whiskey because he is so lonely living on that poor old ridge yonder in Taylor county, give his some slack woman he not so bad of sort he is my brother anyhow and that makes him a part of this family and I be dogged if I am having you slander his name before little red and Ervin our boys that is setting here at this table listing to ever word that is said” paw remind maw. If you was half the man you should be you would run him off the place, maw suggest, now see here woman there you go again hurting my feeling, Ervin take red and go to the wood pile and cut up maw some fire wood for the cook stove while me and your maw has a talk, paw tell me. Paw and maw always make us me and little red leave the room when there is some talk they don't want us to hear. Red and I make our way out of the kitchen and do as paw has commanded, I know maw is right about uncle Melvin , ever spring that he shows up there is trouble of some kind, last summer he come and got our nearest neighbors in a quarrel with paw and maw, the Turners family lives about a mile around the ridge from our place they own about the same land as paw does about sixty acres more or less , and nary bit of our land or their land has a fence on it because paw and old man Turner don't have no money to buy wire to fence their land ,Melvin had been taking a walk one even last year in the cool of the day and was near the land boundary of paw and old man turner, and he seen old man Tuners boys clearing some grown near the line and they dug out a stump and rolled it off onto paw land, and what did Uncle Melvin do he hurried back to our place and told paw about the Turner putting stumps and brush over on our land, and paw got mad and went over to old man Turner place and inquired about the boys putting tree stump over on paw land , and paw and Turner had harsh words and hasn't spoke to each other in now almost a full year, and before Melvin come here on our place us Bishops got along good with our neighbors the Turners. Maw was right about Melvin he was a nosey man that just love to start trouble, and his drinking was another thing that trouble Maw her being a saint at the little rock chapel church and trying to live like the lord would have a woman to live here in these parts” Summer before that summer when he come he got paw drunk down at the township , paw let him go along on the wagon to help pick up some seeds at the township for planting corn season, and Melvin ,according to paw insisted that he and paw have a drink at the small saloon because it was a trifling hot day out in May and Melvin claim to paw that he has swallowed a swallowed a grass hopper that never went down his throat and was hung in his tonsils' and was chocking him and causing his to cough , Melvin told paw that the grasshopper was kicking around in his throat and he needed something to wash the kicking hopper on down, and paw fell for Melvin trick to visit the saloon and to make a long story short that was paw tale to Maw , Maw asked Paw why he come in drunk as well as Melvin and paw never and answer for that question. And maw is right some men just go looking for trouble and Melvin was numbered in those types of fellows, I dreaded seeing Melvin showing up but as usually he come on Saturday just as paw has said' maw was washing some clothes out in the nearby creek when Melvin come riding that old poor mule of his that looked like a razor blade you could see ever rib, maw accused him of starving his mule and that makes paw mad , this Time he come singing and was drunk and happy as a lark he spoke a howdy to maw when he passed her at the creek and tip his hat and she never even spoke to him, he asked Me and Red to take his mule to the barn shed and told us to fetch paw from the corn field where he was plowing out corn , I sent Red to fetch paw and I took his mule to the barn, like he ordered, Well boys “it's good to be back here at horse creek again, among my kin, he tells me and Red, little Fred have you been fishing this spring yet he asked me? I answered him with a yes and his eyes were blood shot from the strong whiskey he always carried in his saddle bag , paw come to the shack and him and Melvin shook hands and hugged each other, it was like this ever year , he come to visit for the one purpose of eating maw good grub, and setting under the big oak tree in the yard and watches me and paw chop weeds out of the garden and corn patches that are planted along the slopes of our little farm, growing corn is the Click here to read the rest of this story (127 more lines)
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