One Man's Fortune

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Seizing The Day

Abel Carter usually rose early, liked to be up long before the sun peeked through the long leaf pines surrounding the neat farmhouse and outbuildings on his 100 acre farm. This was the time of day he enjoyed most, a quiet and peaceful time in which he had his thoughts all to himself.

He quietly built a fire in the baked clay fireplace and swung a small pot of water near the flames. He threw in a handful of freshly ground coffee, then sat back smoking his pipe, savoring the aroma from the pungent brew. It would still be dark for another hour or so, but this was okay too as he liked the darkness right before the dawn gave life to his own small world.

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Love And War

The year was 1870 in the month of March, still a bit cool in this lower part of Georgia. It would soon warm up however, with the ground ready for planting his well plowed fields with corn and cotton.

The small patch of tobacco he'd plant would furnish him a bit of pocket money and his pipe fodder for the coming year. His 100 acre farm was everything he had ever wanted and dreamed of. Until he met Judith Baker, that is.

As always, his mind drifted back 5 years ago, went back to the time when he was fighting the Yankees further north, and dreaming of being right here in this very spot. At times he never expected to be here, never thought when the bullets were whizzing by his head, the cannons blasting in his ears, and the smoke so thick and burning his eyes, that he would make it another day. But here he was now, just as he’d dreamed.

In the next room his wife Judith lay, her eyes closed with her arm around the child she had carried for the last 9 months, cradled tenderly as she’d always imagined. He had quietly kissed her this morning, brushing back the fine blond hair and touching his lips gently to her brow. He remembered when she first told him she was expecting the child. “Thuh doctuh said it wuz gonna be a girl,” she said teasing him, her gray eyes glowing, knowing how badly he wanted a son to help him on their thriving little farm.

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Where The Heart Is

But then she would laugh, the sound which he never tired of, a musical sound which drew him to her from the very first, and she would say “Of coh-wus, he jest wanted me tuh tell you that tuh pull yoah leg. I surely don‘t know why men are so mean tuh each othuh like that” More of her musical laughter would follow, so he would love her even more than he thought possible.

Abel smiled to himself at how lucky he was to return from the terrible war in one piece. Many of the men he had served with had returned with arms and legs missing, with horrible scars and parts of their faces burned beyond recognition, with minds numbed to former dreams of home and family.

Some came home to families with wounds still unhealed, still too infirm to ever tend the many small farms most earned a living from before the war. He sometimes felt guilty, felt he had somehow cheated his brothers-in-arms in some manner for returning as a whole man to such a beautiful piece of land, as well as a beautiful wife waiting patiently for him.

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A Charmed Life

It had always seemed to Abel as if he had been the luckiest guy he knew among his many male friends, and if the truth be known, they did too. His life had been a series of small victories, a plethora of lucky chances with him coming out on top, which even he himself sometimes wondered about.

Abel's good luck continued even when he was fighting in the war, fighting in battles so terrible it seemed as if everyone around him was either wounded or dying. Others fell dead quickly, or continued to fight while dying, bleeding to death right in front of his eyes, ending their own dreams of returning home to their loved ones.

But not him, not Abel Carter. He seemed immune to the mortal damage others suffered in the same struggles he took part in. It was almost as if he were personally chosen to survive the horrible battles. Yes, he had certainly lived a charmed life.

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Sticking to Routines

The sky began to lighten a bit after he finished his coffee and his pipe was finally extinguished. The first cock crowed as Abel walked outside towards the barn to tend the animals as he always did each morning. He first milked old Daisy the cow then threw a dozen or so ears of corn to the mules. The geese as usual came honking for their morning meal, nipping at his hands impatiently as he shelled the corn for their breakfast.

Abel had developed a morning routine and today was no different. He had gotten into the habit of working on a project before he had his breakfast, which Judith always had ready for him when he finished his morning chores. He had made most of the furniture for their house, was always surprising Judith with something special which made her smile her special smile.

Just a few months ago he had made her a quilting frame on several of his morning pre-breakfast efforts. Her delight even surprised him, and so did her tears of joy. "Now I can make thuh quilts I'll leave to our children," she said "thuh same one's they'll give to their own someday. A legacy of love from us both to those we leave behind when we're gone." He loved how she planned far ahead, planned both of their lives long into the future. And love was surely given.

He grabbed his hammer, saw, and along with a handful of nails, set to work on his latest project. Using some beautiful pieces of heart cypress wood he had stored in an old wagon to season well, he sawed the pieces carefully, planed them smooth, and then formed them into the shape he had envisioned earlier as he sat in the pre-dawn darkness.

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Another Kiss 'Neath A Shroud Of Spanish Moss

He finished the project in just over an hour and carried it back to the house with him. Going back into the bedroom where Judith lay, he gently picked her and the child up and placed them both into the coffin he had just finished putting the final touches on.

Taking the quilt Judith had been so fond of, the quilt in the Rose O’ Sharon pattern Judith had patiently sewn by hand on the very frame he had built months earlier, he tucked it snugly around both of them as gently as he could ever do.

Once again he brushed back Judith’s hair, once again he kissed her tenderly, this time on her ruby lips, and once again he cried his heart out for his only true love. Once again he lost control of his emotions, as he'd done yesterday after Judith had given birth to the stillborn child they had so longed for. And then she had quietly given up her own life as she had looked upon the face of her dead child.


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Ends Of Fortunes

This kind of loss was alien to him, was something he had rarely experienced in his life, was something he was not prepared for with his record of all things good happening to him. Abel gazed upon his wife and son, cried his tears down upon their faces and sobbed his heartaches away, but not for the last time, not until his own life was ended would his own heartbreak cease.

His tears exhausted, he placed the lid upon his handiwork and sat waiting upon his and Judith’s kin to arrive for the burial of his one true love. He would place Judith and his son close by, place them under a huge Spanish moss shrouded oak on the edge of the farm. He would gaze toward them often in the coming years, more often than he ever suspected.

Yes, he had always been lucky, had been fortunate to have had it all. Now he had lost everything, had lost everything and more. For the last time he had looked upon their faces, gazed upon his greatest possessions, wonderful treasures he'd never expected to obtain, never thinking about his great luck again for the rest of his days.

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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I was so fascinated with this story, and then my heart broke. Beautifully done story about one of the common dangers of living back then.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You are so faithful, Becky! I can always depend on you giving me some great comments on my short tales. You'll never know how much I appreciate this, Becky. And I don't know why you aren't rated as a level 8 comment poster. Makes no sense at all as you are so busy commenting it seems.

--RG


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Rub it in. I was an 8 commenter until about a month ago.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Randy, Ditto to what Becky said. Your story telling is smooth. Judith's vernacular is charming and brings life to her character. Your photos and illustrations are excellent. Nice write (sad though). Regards, snakeslane


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SomewayOuttaHere 3 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

Excellent!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I thought you were an 8, Becky! I wonder what's going on? I have faith your 8 will return soon. :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hello Snakeslane, so good of you to take the time to read and comment. I'm always behind in returning the favor of visiting everyone's hubs. Your input is so welcome and these comments are my earnings for my efforts here and I truly feel well paid.

I enjoy putting these tales together so much and am pleased they are so well received. Your praise makes my day! :)

--RG


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey Someway, so pleased you liked my ramblings. Glad you stopped by as you seem to flit in and out so frequently. You ARE the wind! lol :)


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Yet another mini master story of intrigue and great imagery... Nice one man.. as Someway once said.. "Excellent!" I agree... take care.. PD


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LisaMarie724 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Simply Beautiful, but you already know that you are very talented. Also, the photos are breathtaking!


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onegreenparachute 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

Oh I loved this story - but it did break my heart! In so few words I feel as thought I know the whole family. Thanks for a great read.

Voted up and shared.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Peardiver--Thanks mate! I'm pleased you enjoyed this little tale and I do so appreciate your nice comments on it. Thanks again!

--RG


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hello, Lisa Marie! Many thanks for your kind comments on my short tale and on my writing ability. I never know where a story will lead me when I start out with it, nor how it will finally end. I'm very pleased you enjoyed it enough to share with others. Glad you stopped by!

--RG


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@onegreenparachute--Hi Carol, I'm so glad you found the characters in this tale believable enough to be able to relate to them. My wife says I make these short stories too sad for her as she always ends up crying over them. Perhaps she is correct, but then, she cries over cartoons sometimes. lol!

I really want to thank you for your time and nice comments. :)

--RG


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Awesome. This had the cadence and rhythm of the finest poetry. It was a great read from beginning to end. Luck comes along but sometimes is fleeting. I still think he was a lucky man...to have loved as he did. Many never experience such love even once.

Voted up ++++

Sending you Angels this afternoon. :) ps


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Randy, this is another great story of the deep south. You do know your material. When you referenced the 'mules', instead of the 'horses', I KNOW you are a country boy. LOL

The pictures added a nice touch. Your words take me back to my grandparent's farm. They lead such a simple life. Their world was a harsh place, but they knew no other ways.

Your creative stories always ring true to southern ways. Good or bad,

you tell it like it was. The truth be know, I would imagine that your information could read like a non-fiction write.

Congratulations on another successful story!!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Wow, Randy. I was not expecting that ending! Oh, so sad but wonderfully written. I almost expected Abel to take his own life and join his family. So sad for him that he has to live without his wife and child.....


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Pstraubie--Yes, I suppose he was indeed a lucky man to have loved so truly--and been loved as much in return--at least one time in his life, Patricia. As you said, some never have such a chance.

I"m pleased you enjoyed the cadence of the piece also. I try to keep a certain rhythm to my tales and am glad you noticed it. Thanks for the great comments! :)

--RG


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hello again, DJ! Yes, I do know my mules. lol! My father had 4 brothers when he grew up so they each had mule apiece to plow from dawn to dark with. My tales use a lot of info heard from those wonderful old men later on in my life. Three of them served in WWII and had many stories about that terrible conflict also.

Yes, they lead a hard life with little real money during the Great Depression but they ate well though. I really admired them. As I've said before, I write what I know, DJ. Thanks so much for your nice comments and especially for your time. :)

--RG


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@bravewarrior--Hey Shauna! Yes, another sad tale but it depends on my particular mood when I create them. lol! My wife always asks me if my stories are sad when I ask her to read them and I lied about his one just to get her to read it. That's why I saved Judith's and the child's deaths until the last. Of course she got mad at me but she still cried just the same. lol!

Thank you for reading this story, your input is so important to me. :)

--RG


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

What a beautiful story you have told. A sad ending, though. I felt really bad for Abel, poor guy....

I've tried writing short stories, but I don't seem to have the talent for them. I envy writers like yourself who can really tell a great story like this one.

I love your photos, too.

Voted UP, etc. and will share.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thank you Mary for your very nice comments! I'm very pleased you enjoyed my efforts at creating--as a good friend has dubbed these type tales--Neo-Southern Classic stories. I truly do enjoy writing them.

I also enjoy enjoy either taking the photos or finding just the right ones to suit the tale, if at all possible, Mary. I appreciate your sharing this hub too! Thanks for your time! :)

--RG


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adity5 3 years ago

What a beautiful story !! That was a nice read :) Thanks for sharing :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@adity--Many thanks for reading and commenting on this short tale. Your time is much appreciated! :)

--RG


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

I appreciate the technique you used of placing the introductions of coffin and bodies later in the story. I've read this several times and will read it several more. Rated Up ad Awesome.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hello, Patty. Yes, I wiggled around the particular project Abel was working on that morning to set the stage for the ultimate ending of the tale. As many of my usual readers will tell you, there's usually some sort of surprise ending to my tales. Some happier than others. :)

Thank you for for your input on my writing technique, and also for your time, Patty.

--RG


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Hawaiian Scribe 3 years ago from Hawai'i

A beautiful hub written from the heart. I am "following" you and can't wait to read more of your stories. I want to be able to write like you when I grow up. Aloha, Stephanie


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Hawaiian Scribe--HA! Stephanie, you make me feel good to think you aspire to my humble writing ability. Thanks for your kind words and I'm very pleased you enjoyed this tale. I hope you get everything you desire "when you grow up." :)

Randy


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

The story is southern through and through as is the author. You captured the place, time and emotion in a way that pulls the reader in and makes them want to keep reading. The way you introduced the construction of the coffin, by first bring up previous projects was effective at masking the true nature of the situation until the right time. Love stories. I have a rough time with those. Great job, Randy. You have a winner here.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Cam8510--Thank you for your input on the way I managed to mask Abel's morning project, Chris. Also I appreciate your kind words concerning my "southerness." I'm quite pleased with your description.

Ha! My wife might disagree about me being a romantic as far as my love stories are concerned. But I suppose most women might think their husbands are lacking in this department. lol!

Thanks again for stopping by Chris, and good luck to you in the contest.

--RG


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Randy, congratulations. I had this one pegged for you from the get go. There was so much emotion tied up in your story, it grabbed readers and wouldn't let them go till the end. Great job, Randy. You are a fine writer.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Many thanks, Chris! Especially coming from you who impressed me much with getting the "southern feel" into your tale so easily. I love how you used Folkston, Georgia in your story. Congrats to you too! :)

--RG


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, every story can't be a happy one! Congratulations on the win, Randy. Voted up and shared!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I appreciate the kudos, Austinstar! And you deserve some yourself for placing in the money with your entry. And yes, I do have a tendency to write sad tales on occasion. It depends on my mood. lol!

--RG


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks to everyone who commented on this tale and I'm so pleased to have won first place in Holle's Southern Fiction Contest with it. I appreciate all of your support for my fiction. You guys are great! :)

Randy


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Oh, this is wonderful news.

This is the writing I was re-reading this morning.

Congratulations on your win!!

DJ


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm pleased you think this tale was worth a second read, and also for your kudos on my win, DJ. I'm inspired to to write a few more now, so be forewarned! lol! Thanks again for your support and such encouraging input on my fictional efforts. :)

Randy


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

Congrats on your win, Randy. I loved this story -- I was not expecting the ending. Heartbreaking, but a great read.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey, SmartAndFun! Sorry to take so long to reply, but I just got in from a round trip to Orlando, Florida today. Many thanks for the kudos on the win and I'm pleased you enjoyed my entry.

Yes, a bit sad , but these tales often are. Depending on my mood when writing them, of course. I worked hard on not giving the ending away during the story, and apparently it was successful.

Thank you so much for your time! :)

Randy


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Hey Randy, I keep seeing the congratulations comments, and wondering what you won on this? Anywho, congratulations!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hello, snakeslane! I won first place in Habee's Southern Fiction Contest. It was fun to participate in and, as you may know, I am a southern boy! lol!

I hope you enjoyed the yarn! :)

--RG


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Nice! Yes I did, keep em coming.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks again, snakeslane. Writing my fiction is the only thing I enjoy about Hubpages anymore, other than the good friends I've made here, that is! :)


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georgialgal1984 3 years ago from Georgia

Wow... What a storyteller you are! You had me with every word, creating each scene within my mind. Wonderful writing my fellow Georgian! Hope your day is wonderful~


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thank you for your time and kind words, Georgiagal. I'm very pleased you found this tale enjoyable. :)


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful and perfect shot to start One Man's Fortune off. What Mike Friedman does with Emerald Cafe you do with CW and post CW Southern historical fiction. I'm reading a new book on Gettysburg right now and can't help but but imagine this story happened in reality to one GA veteran in nearly every detail you've so finely written here my friend. Sad but beautifully so which is rare to read in my experience. Great personal pics too, Randy. Going on a friends FB and on Pinterest with your permission for the latter.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good to hear from you, Alastar. Were you away from HP for awhile? At any rate, I'm so pleased you found this story enjoyable. Your input on these tales means a lot to me as I know how much you enjoy history. It certainly shows in your wonderful American History hubs.

I would be honored for you to share the hub and pics wherever you like. Thanks again for your encouraging comments.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

I did find this story enjoyable reading, Randy. As a matter of fact I enjoy all your creative writes and would be hard-pressed to pick some over others because they're all good. Wish the CWriting in general could attract more readers, with stories like this and other hub writers' stories and poems it certainly deserves to.

Appreciate you noticing the slow-down of my activity on HP recently. Been busy starting a site and beginning a co-writing venture with Angela Phillips, plus some other things. Hope to have something good n new for Hubs soon and get back into it more my friend. There are just too many friends and great writers here to be tardy to the party for long.

Somewhere down the road Randy, when the numbers are at a certain point, would be honored if you would consider an historical fiction write as a guest on my website.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Glad to hear you are branching out to other things, Alastar. I too am spending less time here because my fiction is slowly being idled and therefore deleted from HP. They finally idled my "Images of Valor Dying" about the Civil War photographer. I think HP is tired of creative writing and has put in to rid the site of it. Oh well, there are much better places to write anyway.

Like you, I have too many friends here I'd miss if I left completely, Alastar. I also have other irons in the fire at the present time. I'd be honored to write something for your site, or you could choose one of my tales already on HP. Looks like they'll all be deleted before long anyway. lol!

Thanks again and I'll see you later. Be sure and let me know about your new site when it is up and running. I'm sure it will be a success.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

So sorry to hear that Randy. "Images of Valor Dying" is a superior write. Sure hope a place can still be found for CW, but if not like you say there other ways. HP is a wonderful community but there's everything good in creating other platforms if one desires to. The site is up and doing well for the small number of articles at present. The first history- leisure one should be up next few days. It's about protected old-growth trees at a state park and the destruction of locally owned forests that owners are being forced to sell the timber on in these tight financial times. Great idea with your deleted stories. Soon, we'll put the first one on my friend. Very excited and a most worthy addition(s).


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sounds great, Alastar. I'm a tree lover myself and have just a very few I'm particularly fond of on my farm and in the surrounding area. Notice the photo of Beth beneath the huge live oak at the very bottom of this hub. It is over 30 feet in circumference and the limbs once covered the ground before it was trimmed by the owner. Sacrilege!

Looking forward to reading your article. :)


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Wow, not at all the ending I was expecting. Very sad indeed. But well- written Randy. My husband still has quilts his great grandmother made. Beautiful story.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@CraftytotheCore--The old quilts made by our ancestors filled many needs for these simple folks during this part of our country's history. Among these needs are beauty, artistry, warmth, history, and unfortunately as in this tale, as provisions for the dearly departed.

Thank you taking the time to read this short tale and for the nice comments. Welcome to HubPages. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Touching!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks for reading this one, John. I appreciate your time and comments.


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Pearldiver 2 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Just me mate.... another reread of a good yarn and a chance to say... "Yehaaaa!! Winners are Grinners!!" ... PM me and I'll give you a site where they love writing folk like us... take care out there snake! PD


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yo PD! Glad to hear from you. Thanks for drooping by and I'll sure get in contact with you about the site you reference. Thanks for the input! :)

--RG


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Oh my gosh the tears flow so heavy. Randy, this story is so beautiful. I cannot say more than it touched my heart and all my emotions and moved me to the awareness once again that you are a master of story telling. Beautiful.

UP,A,B,I and H+


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Mark Ewbie 2 years ago from Euroland

Well -deserved award for this Randy.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks you as always, Phyllis. My tales are often a bit sad my wife tells me. It's hard to get her to read them unless I lie to her and tell her they have a sad ending. She always gets mad at me when she finishes the sad tale...with tears in her eyes. :)

Your comments are very welcome and pleasing to me, Phyllis. :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

OMGosh ! I just saw the award. It truly is the Most Awesome Hub. A hearty congratulations.

How do we find out what the awards are? I cannot find the results.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Oh ! I just found it. I am so happy for you, Randy.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sorry guys, the award was for "A Certain Place In The World," not this one! DOH!!

The awards are on the main feed page Phyllis, on the blog!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sorry Mark, thanks for the congrats but I mistakenly thought this one was awarded a hubbie.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 21 months ago from Planet Earth

Randy - this is heart-wrenching! It's beautifully written, as always. You always put deep messages in your work - you're one of the most gifted writers on this site. Hope you know that!


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Randy Godwin 21 months ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm very pleased you liked it, Marcy. I sort of threw this one together as I went and was very mindful of the word limit as I wrote it. Most of my tales seem to write themselves and I'm glad of it. lol!

I still wonder about my writing ability, but folks like you give me confidence and encouragement to do more. I'm very grateful for that I hope you know. :)

Thanks for your time and opinions as always.

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