Over there in the hills and hollers of Calvertville where I was found one day under a cabbage leaf and taken in to raise, we had a phone system with the switchboard anchored in the living room of Edith and Harry Buckner's house and you could listen as others talked; many did.
It is difficult then and now for some people, I am going to say it, especially women, to end a phone conversation before the shot clock sounds. I overheard BW talking to our daughter last week.
BW: Well, I must go and get busy. I have a 100 things to get done before Friday evening. Oh, I meant to ask you, are you attending the family reunion Saturday? The last I heard only about half of the group will be there. I hope you do.
BW: Well we hope you do. Really, I must go get some things done. Did you hear that the K2 renovation work is progressing quite well? TW said that she is so tired of moving boxes and things from place to place.
BW: I'll let you go, I don't want to take up any more of your time. How are the girls doing in school? Audrey is now in the band, and a leader of academics also. Tess is making excellent grades and is helpful and kind. Wonderful. You two are doing a wonderful job rearing our two granddaughters. We are so proud of them.
BW: You are welcome. I know you are busy while the girls are at school. Did you see the program on TV about the Jungle?
BW: I need to go. What did we decide to do about Christmas gifts this year? You know it is our time to host the family gathering.
BW: That is what I remember. That is all I needed. Are you going to make that wonderful salad for Thanksgiving? It is your dad's favorite and it wouldn't be Thanksgiving dinner without it.
BW: I know, I know. Thanks for the advice about the seasonal decorations. Sometimes I try to do too much and miss out on the true meaning of the time. Do you still go as a family and cut a tree? I remember all of the years we did that when you and your sister were growing up. Those were special times. Now it is the artificial tree for us because it is easier. It looks alright especially with all of the decorations we have gathered over the years.
BW: That is all I needed, now I can get started on my plans for the holidays that seem to come earlier each year. From Halloween through New Year's Day there is so much to get done and so many activities to attend it is tiring but exhilarating.
BW: Do you remember what we did with that box of decorations we had in Decatur? The ones we wanted to save when we had grandchildren? I don't know either.
It has been great talking to you. I love you. Bye. By the way ...
Larry grew up north of Calvertville on a farm and graduated from Worthington High School and Indiana State University -- four times. He can be reached at Goosecrick@aol.com or (317) 839-7656. Write him at 6860 Sunrise Drive, Plainfield, Ind., 46168.