March 15, 2013
Back in the Good Old Days

From an oral history of Camden County, in south Georgia:

Mama couldn’t cook without a little smoked bacon or some meat. Pa would be out working and she would bait him with that to keep him working the next day. He would see that meat in there. He would think it was something special just for him. She made him feel like he was worth a lot. Women did that. They made their men feel like they were worth a lot. They had a way of doing things, of letting the men know they were the providers and were special to them. They would do a little extra for them.

Now we kind of skip some of the good times like we do a bump in the road. Sometimes we miss the best times we’ve had, the togetherness, the relaxing times. People could get hold of those times before televisions. My Uncle Cager and Aunt Betsy Hutchinson would listen to the ‘Grand Old Opry’ on Saturday night. One night I was with Mama down there. Uncle Cager rolled his own cigarettes and he had his and had already smoked it down pretty well. She wanted a draw, and he took it out of his lips and gave it to her. Their love at that moment just touched me. I got to thinking about the Bible talked about considering the lilies of the fields and the sparrows and the bird that feeds the baby in the nest.
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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 15, 2013 12:24 PM
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Reminds me of the movie Lilies of the Field which justly won Sidney Poitier an Academy Award as the first Afro-American actor. The success of the picture probably proves people never really understood it. It's one of the most cynical and at the same time humane films I ever saw. I love it.

Posted by: Peter on March 16, 2013 2:32 PM
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