Uncle John

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is written about an influential person in my life.

I introduced him as "Uncle John".  My childhood friend politely said hello but looked at me in disbelief. I did not have time to ask her why because I was anxious to show her the rest of my great- grandpa's ranch. This ranch would  be where I would spend many summers.... and many hours with Uncle John. He would teach me how to drive a tractor, drive a stick shift hay truck (that may or may not go into the proper gear), the importance of hard work, and many more invaluable life lessons. I would watch in amazement at his ability to throw the hay bales onto the hay wagon with such ease. He wore denim overalls and chewed Redman tobacco every day. We would eat lunch under any shade tree we could find. I would listen as he told me stories of his childhood, his fear of snakes, and swimming in swimming holes. I thought the differences in our stories were because he was much older and raised in a different time. I was 14. He was already 62 but could outwork my other uncles that were much younger. He was included at family dinners, holidays and birthday parties. It was only years later that I learned how Uncle John became part of our family. He hopped on a train at the age of 13. The train traveled along my great- grandpa's fence. John saw an opportunity to work, hopped off the train and walked up the hill to the house.   He was given a place to stay and a job that he would continue to work until he was almost 80. He was treated and loved like family. He is now 97, and I am 49. He is now widowed but still lives near the ranch. I am planning to visit him again soon, along with my grandchildren. He will be introduced as their Uncle John.  And I hope they won't look at me doubtingly.


Submitted: May 09, 2021

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