From Grandma's Pen - 1999

 

Well, here it is past the time Don gave us to get our news in, and he says he hasn't heard from very many yet.

As you all might know by now, I have had two falls; one at Thanksgiving time, and one two months or so ago. Due to this, I have been shut in most of the time. If Linda hadn't been with me, I don't know what I would have done. She and Lil have had to do just about everything for me. But, I am back to normal now, or I think I am.

I did get to take my annual trip back to West Virginia on Memorial Day to my Dad's and Mother's graves. Keith was home, and he took Linda, Clara Mae, and me. As you know, Aunt Pete and I are the only two left out of our family of twelve. You can read the first issue of the "Hayman Holler" to find out about all my brothers and sisters.

Linda, Lil, and I went to visit Aunt Pete. That night when I came back home was when I fell and hurt my head so badly. You should see my pictures. I look like I have been beaten up on.

I told Phyllis I didn't have anything to write about, so she wanted me to write about some of the things I did when I was young. She said to tell you one of the scary stories I was telling her.

When I was about fifteen years old, I got a job picking and sorting apples at a big apple orchard. It was about three miles from home, and I had to get up before daylight in order to get to work on time. I had to walk down in a "holler" where they had said a wildcat would jump out and scratch in the leaves behind you. It was very dark, and I carried a lantern to see. You can believe I thought it might happen to me. But, I went anyway, and I will always remember how scared I was.

Well, that's my scary story. I've got several of them, but that's just one I'll put in this time. If you would like to hear some more of these scary stories, let me know. I will write them up for next year, if I'm here.

Anyway, when I got my first check, I bought a pair of bib overalls for climbing the ladder and picking apples. After the job was over, Mom gave them to Dad, and wouldn't let me wear them. She said "Ladies aren't supposed to wear men's clothing." She should see how ladies dress today.

That's all, except hope to see you all at the reunion.