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The Fellowship of the fork

The fellowship of the fork

Long ago and in a far away place

People did not need to have an invitation to visit

Nor did they have to call before they came

Sunday afternoon after church and a long lunch

“Well why don’t we go see who is home?”

We would all pile in the old car

And we would go to the houses of family and friends

They would welcome us gladly

We would stay and stay

Always something to eat


My dad had six brothers and three sisters

Counting spouses, kids, in-laws, friends and strangers it was a bunch

Dad, my brother Bob, cousin Earl and some others

Would go fishing

The boat they had built from just planks

Up to Possum Creek or one or more of the other sweet spots

They would catch many pounds of usually Crappie


The word would go out that the fish fry would be at our house

The big black wash tub would be filled with lard

Bob would make the hushpuppies including beer

Obviously beef was only for hush puppies

The women would bring the slaw etc

And of course from Uncle Escol’s store lots of belly washers


We kids were underfoot listening to the grown up stories

We learned a lot about life there

The dress was very casual

Usually what they had worn fishing or working that day

When the fish was done we stopped

One of the Acuff brothers told the Lord we were grateful

Were we ever?


John Acuff

Country Lawyer

Apr 2019
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