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Topic: Work (07/27/06)
TITLE: Working Hands
By Betty Castleberry
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Bonnie looked up and saw her mother sitting on the swing. She ran to the porch, her long brown braid swinging. ‘Mama, what you doin’ ”? she asked.
“I’m just restin' on the swing, baby.”
“Mama, even when you rest, you work” Bonnie stated innocently.
Marie looked thoughtfully out towards the field where she could see her husband at work. “Well, now, that’s a matter of opinion, I suppose. You see daddy out there on his tractor?” Marie pointed to a cloud of dust trailing a flash of red, where her husband was perched on his old Farmall tractor. “Now Daddy could go to work at Uncle Willie’s feed store any time he wants. The thing is, he doesn’t want to. It would be a lot easier on him all right. He wouldn’t have to fight the dirt and the bugs and worry about it rainin’ none. Daddy feels called by the Lord to farm this land, though. He wouldn’t be happy doin' anything else."
“Now me, I feel called by the Lord to take care of you and Daddy. We may not have a fancy house, but I try to keep it clean so you have a decent place to live. I like cookin' for you and Daddy, too. It's never work if you enjoy it, and if the Lord calls you to do it, He’ll be there to encourage you every step of the way. Do you understand, baby doll?”
Bonnie cocked her head and said, “I guess so.” The two sat in silence a few minutes, watching a big black beetle crawl across the porch. It abruptly changed directions, and headed towards the rose bushes. “Mama, Bonnie asked, “why are your hands so red?”
“They’re workin’ hands, baby.” She held her hands out in front of her, and studied the callouses on her palms. “Yes indeed. They’re workin’ hands”.
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