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Archive for April, 2014

April 19th, 2014 by

A Story about Angie, Daddy, and Annie Armstrong

During football season of 1971, when I was in 1st grade, the TV repair man came to the house and declared the black and white television “Unfixable.” Mama and Daddy had just finished building a house and had no money for expensive extras. So, we did without. The only memories I have from this Unfortunate Experience is that occasionally […]

April 16th, 2014 by

Aarrgghh and Ahoy!

I mentioned to Chuck that I thought a Disney cruise would be fun sometime. “Absolutely not,” his typical response to things not his idea. “Do you know how much those things cost?!” Then, early in the summer, the Ramseys told us that they had booked one for October. After we got the kids settled back in school, […]

April 9th, 2014 by

It’s Not about Mama

I’m not ready to talk about Mama. She’s been dead for 13 years, and I still feel like I’ve been sucker punched in the gut when I think about it. You’re supposed to take care of your mama but not while you’re pregnant. That’s when she’s supposed to take care of you. You’re not supposed […]

April 6th, 2014 by

Because He Lives

At 43 years old, Daddy died suddenly, unexpectedly, and far too young. Mama married him when they were both 19. He was all she had known for 24 years. She had three daughters to finish raising (two in college and one in junior high) and their small business to run. How could she could she […]

April 3rd, 2014 by

Never the Same

Early in 1976, Daddy came home and said to Mama, “I bought something today.” “Uh oh.” “It’s not for us. It’s for our grandkids.” (His daughters were 10, 16, and 19.) “Uh oh.” “I bought that lake cabin.” He had a wooden sign made that said, “The King’s Inn” and hung it over the fireplace (the […]