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Papa Stories

December 31st, 2002 · 2 Comments · Potpourri

I’ve read through Papa’s section of the Rush Family book several times now. Many of the stories I have heard straight from his mouth hundreds of times before, but that doesn’t make them any less great. This particular story has always entertained me and made me proud to be his grandson, ever since I was old enough to understand English:

“When I was fourteen I ran away from home. I wasn’t going anywhere special, I was just going. I left Beaumont with one dollar in my pocket. It didn’t last long. One little town I stopped in didn’t have piped in water, and I had to pay a nickel for a bottle of water. I wound up in Memphis, Tennessee with one penny in my pocket. I had eaten two donuts [FJG – Yes, he did eventually become a policeman.] as I hitch-hiked up there.I sat on a park bench, looking at a hole in my shoe, trying to decide if I should spend the penny on a post card for my current girl friend or be practical and spend it on a box of matches to finish up my cigarettes. She was in Beaumont, and the cigarettes were in Memphis, so I bought the matches.

About that time I decided that running away from home was a good deal more complicated than Mark Twain had made it sound, so I started hitch-hiking back home. All the way home I was thinking about how much I would eat, as soon as the family got through giving me a joyful welcome. It didn’t work out that way. Dad had been in a car wreck and was in the hospital, Mom was there with him, and Jef and Bill were looking all over Louisiana for me, vowing they would kill me when they found me. There was some cold chicken in the ice box, but my stomach had shrunk so bad from not eating that a single drum stick was all I could eat. To make matters worse, Uncle Clyde (a city detective) came around asking a lot of questions. It seems a stolen car had left town the same day I did. It took a while, but I finally convinced him I didn’t take it.”

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