Scarlet Rose Mallow and One Dark Night

By Sharon
September 1, 2015

It started like this: She leaned over with her hand cupped around her mouth, and with her soft low voice against my ear, she whispered: "Wear yore darkest clothes, chile, an' meet me right here jus' 'fore dark. We're gonna git some rose maller seeds." "Aunt Bett, marshmalla seeds? Marshmallas don't . . . " That hand clamped itself over my mouth before I could say another word or even take a breath. Her next whisper was a little louder: "Hush yore mouth, chile, ya cain't grab seeds if ya cain't keep quiet!" The night got worse before it got better.

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Aug 31, 2015 8:41 PM CST
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Sharon, your stories just keep getting better and better with each new installment. In my mind I was transported back several decades and pictured the hills and forests of rural Kentucky. I particularly liked the description of your mindset regarding the shotgun subplot. Tale was both amusing and informational.
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Aug 31, 2015 8:48 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Thank you, J,

Sometimes I think Aunt Bett delighted in drama and trickery, just to be sure I never forgot what she was teaching. At the time I didn't usually think it was a bit funny.

You would have loved it there and then, J. Not so much now. The mountain I usually climbed is still there, untouched, but the people, well, not so much. But I'll tell you, I wouldn't trade the memories made there for anything. It was the best place in the best time for this kind of learnin'! Smiling
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Sep 1, 2015 6:25 AM CST
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Always a treat! Reminds me of the Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew mystery books of years gone by: Not the TV series of the 80's & 90's, but the original books! There was always an air of suspense and a good outcome. And in this case memories were made "for this kind of learnin'!" And I enjoyed every word: Couldn't stop until I finished! Thumbs up
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Sep 1, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Name: Sharon
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I read those too, Leon. Wonderful books for curious minds. And as always, thank you.
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Sep 1, 2015 12:29 PM CST
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Sharon, you always have many memorable tales to share; I so enjoy reading them. Your aunties are so delightful...such teachers...wish we had more people like them passing on their knowledge to youngsters.
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Sep 1, 2015 1:31 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Thanks Betsy. It's always delightful to read words like yours!
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Sep 1, 2015 2:11 PM CST
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Love your stories Sharon. Lovey dubby They take me back to my childhood and some of the lessons I learned.
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Sep 1, 2015 2:33 PM CST
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Our family teachers had a unique teaching method, didn't they, Jean? I didn't even know I was being taught, didn't know I was learning, at the time. I always thought I was just going on another adventure. Smiling
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Sep 1, 2015 2:59 PM CST
Name: Jean
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They really did. But the lessons we learned have stuck with us a lifetime. Thumbs up
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"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
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Sep 1, 2015 3:00 PM CST
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Best kind of lessons, for sure. Lovey dubby
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Sep 1, 2015 6:16 PM CST
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jmorth said:Sharon, your stories just keep getting better and better with each new installment. In my mind I was transported back several decades and pictured the hills and forests of rural Kentucky. I particularly liked the description of your mindset regarding the shotgun subplot. Tale was both amusing and informational.


I agree Thank You!
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