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The Farmwife on Listening to Your Elders, Part II
Mr. Jasper taught us how to ‘reunite’ a first calf heifer with her baby. It took a slow approach, a soft voice and a quick step back when mama wanted to kick. If you think about it, there is a life lesson there, as well. Danny and Johnny have been a wealth of information regarding the garden. George has given us some great information regarding what will and won’t grow on our property. Mrs. Dorothy is always available with a great recipe, and Mrs. Raley was very quick to instruct me in how to catch fish and frogs, and where the best water holes used to be. Each and every lesson and story contributed to both a practical and figurative life education.

By far, some of my most fun farming ‘classes’ have come from Alona’s Beauty Shop. No matter what time you go in, there is someone there who has lived it, cooked it, eaten it, grown it, killed it and kept on walking. My favorite time to go was when Mrs. Dot was there. It was a sad day in my life when she left this earth, but I will hold her lessons closely.

It was Mrs. Dot who acted as my Country Dictionary. One day, someone mentioned that they were really craving some cat heads. Mrs. Dot saw my face turn a little green and she started chuckling. “Don’t worry, honey. She ain’t gonna go out and kill no cats. What she’s wanting is some biscuits.” As my stomach settled back down, I learned that Catheads are actually large, made-from-scratch biscuits, usually served with milk gravy – with or without sausage bits. Okay. I was good with that. But then they started to reminisce about different foods they would eat. While I was sitting there, I actually learned the best way to cook a possum. And they weren’t talking biscuits here, either. I finally had to ask Mrs. Dot just where they found those possums, and was relieved to know they were freshly caught, and not road kill. Please scroll up for "Listening to Your Elders, Part III
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