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Slice of Life: Y’all come meet “Cousin Larry”
by Terri Badham Wilks
Jan 03, 2011 | 1580 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
My favorite quote from the TV series “Star Trek, the Next Generations” is “It’s not the variety of life, that makes life interesting, but the variety in me, that makes life interesting.” It is also, the variety in the people, that makes life interesting.

As common, here in America, we have great, large, collections of friends and family, with lots of variety. We have skilled medical workers, scientists, businessmen, musicians, artists, motorcyclists, sportsmen, homemakers, and manual laborers,….. doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs.

One of our most interesting family members is southern country boy “Cousin Larry”.

Barb and Larry migrated out here to Utah back in the eighties, raised a family, and then took a job back in Alabama, just a few years ago. Barb pleasantly takes care of Larry, half the ladies in town and her invalid mother. She’s one of those ladies who can out-organize, out-clean and out-cook anyone I know.

The economic lay-offs have taken there toll everywhere. Although Larry’s awesome fix-it skills built solid rocket motors for NASA missiles; Larry as so many others, had to take early retirement, because when lay-off hit you in your sixties, the options and desire for jobs, aren’t as wide. (That’s probably the only thing that makes the unemployment numbers look like their improving. Some people have quit looking for work, taken retirement and are trying to bring in extra money another way. Well, I better not start on a political opinion.)

I want to introduce you to “Cousin Larry”. With his permission, I am sending on his email to you, to add variety to your life.

Howdy folks,

Up heah in the north of Dixie we had a sho nuff WHITE Christmas. Yep, Saturday & Monday everything was covered in 4 inches of snow. Barb, bless her pea-picking little heart, said it’s just like home, meaning Utah. That’s the most snow on record falling on Christmas Day in Madison County, AL. The weather Guru’s records show many moons ago, 9 inches of snow fell on the 22nd of Dec and lasted past Christmas Day. It slacked off about 1100 hrs but snowed a little more in the PM and on & off most of Sunday. Just like Utah, when it snows like that, lots of folks like to use their vehicles (mostly 4x4’s) for sleighs, and run off the road down a steep slope into the ditch, then have the local wrecker truck get them out. We have a sleigh, so we don’t do that with our cars.

I hear tell from folks in Utah that they didn’t have any snow on Christmas Day this year. That’s about as usual as Alabama having a White Christmas.

We had a mighty fine Christmas, and hope y’all did too. Santa didn’t bring us everything we wanted, but pretty near all of it.

It warmed up to near 40 degrees today, with full sunlight and I reckon about half the white stuff melted. And that’s the way it was on Christmas weekend 2010 in the North of Dixie.

We pray that all you folks have a great 2011, and may the DOW rise to new highs so I don’t never have to go back to work and so all you folks that’s not retired maybe can.

Larry, Barbara & Phyllis

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Cousin Larry as much as we do. We always hope to hear from him again soon.

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