|Mountain Man Freedom (standard:humor, 4464 words)|
|Author: stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer||Added: May 29 2009||Views/Reads: 2449/1302||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|This story is about a mountain man that loved freedom and he tryed to live like other men , getting his a woman to spark and maybe married later, just take a read and see what happens|
Mountain man Uncle Tom lives on the highest ridge in Muddy Fork County, he loves being away from the other settlers that have come and built homesteads to raise their families, paw called him hermit like fellow. Some men just don't like t be hedged in and Tom is that type man' paw said that if Tom could climb to the moon and live he be a happy man. , Tom is Mammy only brother, and him and her was raised up in Virginia where her and paw meet and married while paw was traveling through Virginia to seek his fortune and find work back in those days, they married in mammy home country, and eventually come here to Muddy Fork and settled, and paw put his claim on the hill side farm that we now own and grow corn on. I rode my horse up to Tom shack yesterday and found him setting in a chair he made himself, he was glad to see me come to visit as I often do, well Willie Boy ii am glad you come up here today he said” smiling from ear to ear, why are you so tickled that I come I asked ? Wondering what he had in mind. What are you up to now I asked? Well boy you recall that summer you and I rode into Muddy Fork to get corn seed for you pappy, and we run into that fellow that was wanting someone to come and court his sister that was getting fairly old and the man said” she was in the market for a man, and Willie I got to studying just how good it would be to have a woman up here on this ridge to cook vitals and help around my place , I could teach her to help skin the pelts that I traps and she could clean the fish I catch and help me in a lot of different ways he declares” What on earth has got you to thinking on having you a woman, I asked? You're a loner all you life and now you talking on courting a woman, son I am nigh fifty years old now and I am not as much of a man like I used to be, and I said to myself setting here last night and gazing at the star in the sky, and seeing all those stars have other stars to be beside them and I figured I would be like a star and have me some company like all the stars in the sky have.. Doesn't that make sense he asked? Well I expect it does in some ways, but how do you know this man sister would want and old mountain man like you, well boy that how you come in, I need to get me some clothes that is better than these old buckskin breaches and get some of the shag off my head and shave off this old long beard, and I will take a good bath in the Muddy Fork river and I figured you could talk your Mammy into helping fit me in some proper clothes and breaches , I go to that barber in the township and get my mop cut down to size, and it will all fall into place, and before long I will have me a woman setting her beside me in this shack of mine and be as happy man for sure, I swear I think you have went off your rocker Uncle Tom thinking in your late years you need a woman for company and help around this here shack of yours, you better give this some good thoughts before jumping into something to fast I warn him' I'll help anyway I can to get you all fixed up to go and spark that woman, that you have not even spoke to about sparking her, what did her brother say she look like , I asked? She might be as ugly as a hound's ear for all you know, and who would want a ugly woman setting around to stare at all the time, I added! Her brother called her fair looking, and that's enough to start on he said” he also told me she could read and write and that shows she is smart don't” it he said” Uncle if that is what you want to do I said I would help and I will, saddle that mule of yours and come on with me to the shack and we will tell many about this idea of yours on getting hitched up with a woman ., Tom kept his mule in a little coral he had made in the woods beside his shack not real far away, and he lead him out and saddled him and away we went toward the shack , so we could fill Mammy in on the plans he was making on fixing himself to be courting sparking man, Mammy was not so excited as he was and told him he had went off him rocker but she would help the fool anyway to humor him , so that day Tom and I rode into our small township and he got him his first tailored hair cut, his beard was cut , and we had not see his whole face in years , to tell you the truth he was not so bad of looking gent with all that shag he had let grow on his face for many years , never trimming it or having a razor about his face, him and I arrived back at the shack Mammy never recognized him and thought I had come back with a stranger from the township and left Tom in town, it's me your brother Tom said to Mammy , she said well brother you not as ugly as I imagined Mammy said smiling at her remarks about Tom, I have some breaches of your pappy laid out for Tom and go and fetch them and let him go get into them clothes of your paws and then we will Click here to read the rest of this story (248 more lines)
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