Still Learning

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Still Learning

by Brenda K. Johnson
Southern Cultures, Vol. 23, No. 2: Summer 2017

“Out of my Sunday dress and into overalls, we’d catch the dirt road out her back yard and follow sandy ruts, she in one track and I in the other.”

After the eighth chicken and dumpling bowl was stacked back in the cupboard and the rest of our extended family had departed for home or a nap, Mema and I took long walks on Sunday afternoons through endless pine and oak in the backcountry of southeastern North Carolina. Out of my Sunday dress and into overalls, we’d catch the dirt road from her backyard and follow the sandy wheel paths, she in one and I in the other. White parallel lines lay straight ahead but then disappeared into the maze-dense woods. I never wanted this time to change. But lately on weekdays, you could hear logging trucks rumbling huge trees out to the highway.

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