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Mississippi Mud - Saved by Grace

Updated on April 30, 2012
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Cain't chu talk?

"Hey! What chu doin' out here pokin' round in the mud with that stick! Does your mama know you're out here?"

"Is your name Bobby John? Teacher called out chur' name this mornin', and she had'ta mark you absent. We had fun today."

"I'cn write my name. And I'cn already count to 25. We had a race today, and I won! I got to pick a prize from the prize box. I got this necklace, see? It's made outa' candy. Teachers don't give out home work on the first day. Are you playin' hookey? Cain't chu talk?"

"Yeah," said Bobby John. "I'cn talk and I ain't playin' hookey neither. I had a hundurd degree tempatur' this mornin'. Mama said maybe I could go tomar' though, if I feel like it. You talk a lot. I ain't got no 'friens' yet. We jus' moved in here from Alabama. My mama is a teacher herself."

"Well, I sure hope you'cn go tomar' Bobby John. I sure hope you don't have to stay home and play in that nasty ole mud hole. You can walk with me ifyew' want to Bobby John. I leave at 7:30. My name is Jessamy Grace, but chu' can just call me Grace."

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"Good morning, Bobby John. You're all cleaned up now. I brought chu' a pencil. It lites up, see? I like your lunch box. Do you have a folder? What grade does your mama teach? You haf' t'be careful down here at this crossin', Bobby John. There's a whole buncha' traffic. We hafta' wait for the school guard t'cross. You wannna sit by me at lunch?"

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That was me, Jessamy Grace Jennings. Bobby John Jenkins and I have been married 25 years. I am a teacher now, speaking proper English and I'm still talking. And I'm still watching out for my Bobby John.

adavis - fiction


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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Docmo, gosh. Thanks. You're the greatest.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      This is great writing ann, and boy you can write some good dialogue. Loved the story!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a sweet story and a great piece of written fiction. You had many people fooled thinking that it was really your history on how you first met your husband at a tender age. Up and beautiful ratings. :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      You did a really good job of not only including southern talk, but a child's southern talk. Good Job! Jamie

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Just a little piece of fiction, Wayne. Thanks for visiting. Ann

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hello to whonunuwho from Alabama boy! A true southerner. You are special! Thanks for the visit. Ann

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Glad you found your true love, SidKemp. You are blessed!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      You liked my story...thank you Dave.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Only twice have I laughed out loud at a comment. This is the cutest! Thanks, Doc.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I do have many sides Michael. This is a bit of my fiction mind, inspired by the boy's picture. Thanks for the support. Ann

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thank you rahul.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Just a little fiction inspired from the picture of that sweet little boy. Thanks for the visit.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thank you Joyce.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      avian, thank you.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Spoken like a true wetnosedog! Hi!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I fooled you teaches. It's fiction. ha ha.

      But you are so loyal to visit. Thank you

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Deborah, Thanks, but it's not me. It's fiction.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Gypsy, I must have been very convincing. It is entirely fiction...not me.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome Ann. So glad you found that boy at the mud hole. You two look like such a wonderful couple. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Anna I love your story.. I love to hear and read about family's and their experiences

      thank you

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sweet hub and enjoyed your sharing of your family experience. Love how children talk like this at times. Thanks for sharing.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Well, that's sweet. I want to play in the mud. And I do-got my own dug up dirt hole to stay cool!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up and awesome. Great story from start to finish!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great cute story Ann, voted up and beautiful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Such a sweet story Ann!!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Sweet story! A lifetime of love is always beautiful to watch! Dialect used here is too CHWEET! :)

      Appeals to the heart and brings smiles and smiles!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Ann you are sooo cool, a writer after my own heart. thanks for showing your tender side

      Love ya,

      Michael

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You growed up right smart, ann, and learnt how to rite gud stories. Thank you for this'n.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      anndavis: That's a cute little story thank you.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      We never know the moment true love begins. Maybe I should have played hookie more often - I didn't find my bride until I was 19!

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Very sweet and thanks for sharing. I'm an old Alabama boy and former teacher for about 25 years. Your pal.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Well no wonder you write dialect so darn well...teachers can do about anything! That is a great little story as to how a lifetime love affair got its start...nicely done! WB