Friday, September 4, 2015


My neighbor Miss Ann stopped by a few days ago with a story she had written about her mother and a couple of snakes. She had also attached a picture of herself as a child sitting in the very yard where the snakes were killed, the very yard her mother swept clean every day.

I hated to post this story and picture because I feel like Ann would so enjoy having her own blog...how much she would enjoy writing and telling stories of her childhood...posting her poetry and her drawings, but she says no. So here you go. Enjoy!


Short woman:Tall gun

When I was a girl we lived on a dirt road. To get to our house you had to turn onto a long dirt path. We lived in a house we rented. It was not much but it was solid. Mama and I were in the front yard. She had a stick broom to sweep the yard with. Back then people sweep their yard so it would look nice.

     Now my mama was only five feet tall and a little on the stout side. That did not seem to make her scared of anything.

      She was born in 1908 and came up hard so not much phased her. While we were in the yard she turned to me and told me to get on the porch. She went to the house and came out with a tall gun. It was a double barrel shot gun, fully loaded. She went to the edge of the yard and I heard a loud Boom then another loud Boom. That big gun did not even knock her down.

     I was still on the porch. I ask mama why are you shooting. She calmly told me she saw two snakes in the tree at the edge of the yard, but she said not to worry, she shot them both.

     Well I never saw the snakes, but if she said she shot two black snakes with that big gun I was not going to say anything. She then went and got her stick broom and went to sweeping the front dirt yard. She may be only five feet tall but that never stopped her.


                                           Miss Ann



Do you agree that Ann would enjoy keeping a blog? She has lots of old pictures and great stories to tell. She also writes poetry and has brought some of her poems for me to put on my blog. 

Thank you!

Love,
Henny




16 comments:

  1. I love all the old stories I think she would make a really interesting blog.

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  2. Yes. Miss Ann please share your stories and pictures with us, you sound like a storyteller !
    I'm wondering if she shot hose two snakes with one bullet .....hmm.
    What a neat picture Henny.
    ~Jo

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  3. What a great story! I would love the see more photos and read more of Miss Ann's stories.

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  4. Okay, my vote is A Blog for Miss Ann. In fact, that can be the title. See? She's halfway there!

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  5. She definitely needs to start her own blog.

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  6. It was definitely a great story. Please give her our thanks!

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  7. I think it would be great if she would start a blog and share her stories.

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  8. Miss Ann needs a blog and we need her stories and pictures. I love old pictures and always wonder about the people in them and what the occasion for the picture might be.

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  9. There's a difference between writing a story and keeping a blog. Obviously she has lots of material to put on a blog but she needs the will to produce a blog. I think she should blog.

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  10. I'm all for Miss Ann having a blog but I do understand when people are reluctant to start one. They probably think they'd run out of stories and then what. Please tell her we really liked her story.

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  11. Oh yes Miss Ann needs to tell us all her stories:)

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  12. Whether she blogs or not, she should definitely write her stories down.

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  13. I'd love to read more of Miss Ann's stories and see more old pictures. She sure was a pretty little girl. I hope she's writing her stories so there's a record, even if she won't start a blog. You can share them with us. Please thank her for sharing her memories.

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  14. Yes indeed, these real life stories are lost so many times. We only know what the History Books tell us and they do not include enough real life. It is important that future generations have the chance to read and learn. The way the world is going we may need some of this information in the future.

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  15. Hi! That was one brave lady and so nice of you to share the story for her! Nancy

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  16. Inspiring story of how ladies handled things in the old days. The thought of a snake scares me crazy so I'm impressed with how nonchalant Ann's mama was. I would love to read Ann's blog should she decide to start one.

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