“Now, when I built my barn up yonder, I given’em a dance. Oh gosh! That was a tremendous crowd. And that was a barn dance. Yeah, a barn dance. I put a floor in it, and made a upstairs. Made stalls downstairs and then put a floor in it upstairs. And they wanted a dance. And I just says, “Well just go ahead, what you want.” And I never will forget, Lena, she was Odell’s girl, and Stacey and Bonnie. They come, but they said, “Now, Grandpa will get us.” But he didn’t; he just laughed about it.”
—Reed Hawkins, 1895 Buncombe County – “Rough Weather Makes Good Timber”
Today’s Thankful November giveaway is a used copy of the book “Rough Weather Makes Good Timber” by Patsy Moore Ginns. To be entered in the giveaway leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends Saturday November 9.
The winner of Jeff Biggers’ book “The United Stages of Appalachia” is Carol who said: “I was just thinking yesterday about how life is so much easier with a thankful heart. Complaining just feeds into misery. I’m looking forward to the November posts.” Carol email your address to me at [email protected] and I’ll get the book to you!