Ginny’s Story


Hi, my name is Ginny.  My two sisters and I grew up in an old tar paper shack in the southern part of Arkansas. It was during the early fifties, and like most families in our neck of the woods we were dirt poor. We weren’t aware of our social status  until  many years later.

 My parents had very little formal education. Jobs were scarce for everyone especially folks that couldn’t read or write. My Daddy worked long hard hours in the fields for a dollar a dollar a day. That didn’t exactly put a lot of food on the table.

 Our Momma set out huge gardens each spring. In the late summer she would can all those wonderful veggies. I can still see the sweat running down her wrinkled face as she worked in that hot kitchen. We didn’t own a fan, besides most of the time the electricity would be turned off for months at a time.  It was the canned food that kept us alive during the winter when Daddy didn’t work. The supper meal would consist of sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and canned tomatoes. For some reason we never grew tired of eating the same foods each day. 

Even with those depressing conditions life was good for us girls.  We would play from dust to dawn in the fields and woods that surrounded our house. I think every stray cat and dog somehow managed to find our yard. We didn’t mind, the more animals the better. We had chickens, ducks, guinea hens, a goat, and a milk cow. We loved them all. Next to the cats and dogs the goat was our favorite. We would ride Billy like a pony. Momma would get so angry at us for playing with the goat. We didn’t know how she knew what we were doing. It never dawned on us the smell of Billy followed us into the house.  

Life was great until the year I started first grade. I found out from the more affluent kids in our little town, how different we were.  I thought everyone lived like us. They told me I was nothing but poor white trash.  I didn’t know what it meant, but I knew it couldn’t be good. To be continued…..


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tsonoda148
    May 21, 2011 @ 04:26:25

    Ohhhhhh, I’m liking. I’m reading on…


  2. Barker Babe
    May 21, 2011 @ 05:48:26

    Thanks for supporting me . You are the best. Love u Mary


  3. Mary Ann
    May 29, 2011 @ 16:39:51

    Hi Mary ;i enjoyed this so much had to read it again .Thanks for the good read .Keep it up ! Love Ya ! xox


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