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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)
TITLE: The Motivation o Jody Boy
By Rebecca O'Connor
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Marma GG shuffled herself back mumblinâ anâ grumblinâ ta da stove ta stoke da wood fer warminâ dat small lean-to called home. Wind alays whistled through dem cracks anâ Jody uz snug down in doze feathers not wantinâ ta stir.
âWaza matta GG?â Big Samuel drawled. âDat der Jody Boy fixinâ ta start ya inta a fussinâ commotion?â
Marma GG wuz alays weidinâ a wood spoon in da air when sheâd be talkinâ. Mose oâ GGâs talkinâ wuz a yowlin anyways. GG knew how ta holler and pray, anâ sometimes ya couldnât tell which un she wuz a doinâ! She got spirited in âem both.
âDat der boyâs got da sleepinâ fits anâ dat ainât no lie. Pappy knew hawta cure dem ails, God rest âim! He left me mose by mysef ta fix dat un. I says ta Jesus, âwat we gonna do bout dat boy?â I think Jesus donât know nary a thang ta do âith âim neither, but Jesus gonna work it out fer me when he figgers it.â
Jody Boy wuddnât fast ut nothinâ sept eatin', anâ he could woof it in record time. After breakass, he wuz flat outta da door anâ down at da crick. Datâd be da last oâ âim âtil da nex meal!
Now, lil did Jody know but wat some female gal âith big brown eyes was a movinâ in âith her auntie close by his lean-to. He spied her on his ways back from dat crick. His stare got stuck on her anâ nothinâ could pull it off doze big brown eyes. Heâd never seed da like afore, anâ he be feelinâ kinda funny in da middle oâ hissef. Maybe that be da fits Marma GG uz alays talkinâ âbout. He took a big gulp, fer she wuz a cominâ his ways.
âWatch yer name, boiy?â
âI be Jody BoâŚuhâŚJody. Who be yer name?â
âOh, I be Milly Rose. I jes got ta my aunties.â
They talked on a ways, anâ jes wen Jody wuz feelinâ at ease he spied Dannel cominâ dow da road. Now, Dannel knowed wat pretty wuz wen he seed it. Jody watched uz Dannel and Milly Rose talked. Dannel wuz a cuttinâ Jody off.
âMilly Rose, ya wanna go frogginâ âith me?â Dannel ax.
âShore I guess so, but we gots ta be up ut dark afore da rooster,â Milly nodded tord Jody.
âDats right, Milly. I alays is up afore hearinâ dat olâ cock crowâŚI gots chores anâ all,â Jody lied mose easy.
Well, da day flew by, anâ afore Jody knowed it spring wuz on him and luv bloomed in his heart. He wuz up early nex morninâ anâ da nexâŚone after tâother protectinâ his claim from Dannel.
Marma GG knowed jes wat happent! Dat der Jesus figgered thangs right off, anâ fixt dat Jody Boy real good. GG beed a prayinâ thanks ever since.
âJesus, now dat ya gots Jody a movinâ, nex thang is a pointinâ him ta some oâ dem chores, anâ I be a happy olâ woman!â GG smilt up tord heaven, wood spoon in hand and gave Jesus a kindly wink. Sheâd leave it ta Jesus, cause heâd get it figgered afore too long a time.
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