From Hay to Eternity by Sandra Murphy



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ISBN: 9781945447310
Pages: 52
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To the moon and back, here are ten tales with a twist. The unlikely characters have one thing in common--they're ready and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. As the old saying goes, you have to watch out for the quiet ones. 

From a quirky inventor, humored by his neighbors, to two old men out to dinner, to a more-than-meets the eye beverage maker, the stories will take you into the minds of the overlooked and unseen. Ignore them at your own risk.

EXCERPT:

From "Sweet Tea and Deviled Eggs:"

My Daddy was the first to die—not ever, of course, but the first person I knew who up and died before they got really old or sick. They said it was because he drank so much for so long. That night he drank up all the beer from the fridge, got up off the couch and headed to the basement for more. In my mind, I see him tripping over his own feet, falling down the steps. Momma found him in the morning. She was sleeping pretty heavy due to the medicine she was taking, hadn’t heard him fall. The doctor, who doubled as the coroner, said it probably wouldn’t have made any difference. Daddy’d been too drunk to know he was dying.

The funeral was kinda nice over all. We had to go for the plainest casket, but a lot of people showed up. I think some wanted to make sure Daddy was really dead and some were just being nosy. Most came because of Momma.

She looked real pretty in the first new dress she’d had in years. Daddy was tight with money, except for buying beer. He told her, “You never go anywhere, what do you need with a new dress?” and she’d get real quiet. If I said anything to her, she’d just give me a big hug and say, “Your Daddy has his own demons. Let him be.” But she looked real sad to me.

Things got better for us after Daddy died. I guess you shouldn’t be glad someone’s gone, but facts are facts, we were better off. Daddy had insurance from his job so we had living-on money. And most important at the time, we still had health insurance. Momma was happier, but still not well.

She went out more that fall, loved seeing the leaves turn all the colors. She came to parent-teacher nights at school, wearing a new dress with her hair all done up nice. Once in a while, some man would ask her out to dinner but she always said no. “I’ve had enough of a man’s company, it’s time to enjoy my own,” she’d say. They’d look puzzled, but learned not to ask twice.


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