As I keep forgetting things,
names and faces, I wish Lucille would remove that sign from her kitchen (of all the
things I have lost - I miss my mind the most). Actually, there has
been no case of known mental
aberrations in my family, with the possible exception of my
mother's mother, Paralee Bryant, who made her home with my Dad and Mom most of her declining years. I
remember her, as being somewhat non-committal in her dotage years, or maybe to put it
kindly, we thought of her as being "somewhat off the
wall" but always in good spirits. I do
wish I had asked her just why, so it was
|said, that she took after my Grandfather Bryant with a
butcher knife? I wonder if she knew why? And I wonder if she may have caught him? After all,
he was never seen or heard of again.
I guess the only reason I bring up these questions about my Maternal Grandmother is
that I am somewhat concerned about my "short term"
memory loss. But, I do remember in meticulous details the things
that happen in the more distant past. For example, the four acres
tract across the road
|from us has been grown up in mesquite for
years. Some fifty or so previous years, this tract had been a favorite
"stopover" for "First Monday Traders" who would, along with their goats, horses,
cattle and mules, spend the night there prior to driving on to Comanche for the
First Monday Trades Day. Finally, after a history, of fifty-plus years as a
"First Monday" stopover, followed by some ten
or twenty years in brush and shinnery, we bulldozed the acreage, cleared the brush, and
planted it in "Desert Gold", a
commercial variety of white rind, yellow-meat watermelons. Although a
commercial variety, those melons we produced that first year were the most tender and the sweetest
variety I ever ate.
Now I wonder, was the flavor from it being "new ground"
or was the flavor derived from the goat, the mule, cattle, or other sources of
fertility? Those are questions I hope our highly-esteemed and knowledgeable County Agent,
Bob Whitney, will do some
research on: Which different types of fertilizer will do for flavor
enhancements of our various crops? To my knowledge, this would be a FIRST.