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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
|Morris gets snake bitten
By MORRIS STEPHENSON - |
To write this column as it should be, I have to go back many years ago to when my children, Kurt and Kathy, were very young, perhaps not even in school yet.
Then wife Sue had just purchased a home in a subdivision behind what is now Duncan Ford. At the time, Clements Tractor was hosting a huge July 4th steam engine show. So this sets the time frame.
One summer day, I happened to glance over the end of the carport, which was about 15 feet above the ground. I saw a black snake, probably 5 feet long and wiggling around.
In the next couple of minutes, I watched as she laid two or three eggs atop a small dirt area next to the bottom of the carport. After completing her task, she went straight to the woods and a small creek that never ran dry.
I went back into the house and got the children to follow me around to the back of the house to see the snake eggs. Of course, I had to explain how some snakes had live babies, while others came from eggs, like baby chickens.
|As the sun sets
By CHARLES BOOTHE - |
Who is Ira F. Stanphill?
I'll answer that question shortly.
First, I want to say that most people I know eat "dinner" at some point in the evening.
Well, I eat "supper."
When I was outside playing during childhood, I never, not once, heard my mother call, "It's time for dinner!"
She, and everyone else I knew, said, "It's time for supper!"
In fact, the only mention of "dinner" was "Sunday dinner," which actually was the most important and usually biggest meal of the week right after church in the middle of the day.
Even the occasional meal at church right after the service on Sunday morning was always called "dinner on the grounds."
Breakfast was breakfast, lunch was usually lunch and supper was the evening meal, always.
I am a little surprised to hear some people question why I call it supper, and to be honest, I've been ridiculed a little from time to time for referring to the evening meal that way.