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Almost Heaven

In the mid through late 70s, I lived in almost Arkansas, Missouri – an area that is steeped in tradition, clannishness, and ticks.  Outsiders are viewed there with a significant amount of suspicion, and not a small amount of predation.  Unless you were born in almost Arkansas, of parents from almost Arkansas, you would never be completely accepted.  During my time there, a local woman died at age 92.  She, originally an outsider, had lived in the community for 90 years.  Her epitaph began, “a beloved stranger to our shores…”

I quickly learned that if I were to journey to the local feed store and ask for assistance, I would probably be ignored.  If, however, I would enquire if “one a you good ol’ boys back there could hep me fer a minute”, assistance would be forthcoming.  Minds do not change easily in that part of the country.  Feuds are common both among and within families.  One couple who lived there had been married for almost 60 years, but had not spoken to each other since the day their son was killed in a logging accident while in the company of his father over 40 years before.  The wife turned her back on the husband, and they spent those years living apart in the same house, neither willing to budge much less forgive or forget.  Such was the mindset of many of the people in that beautiful country.  Thank goodness there were exceptions.

3 comments to Almost Heaven

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