As promised, here is the true story of how Toys For Lunch? happened!This is another exerpt from my book, “The Parson’s Pot”.
As I related in my last post, we were living in Quitman, Georgia and enjoying making new friends, especially Mrs. Wallace Mathews (Miss Hazel). Now Miss Hazel had a little Grandson named Frankie who was just about Marvin’s age. They were great playmates, but they also knew how to fuss! Frankie’s family was more affluent than the Parsonage family so Frankie had more and better toys . Marvin loved to pay with Frankie’s toys and ended up bringing some of them home from time to time. One day Grace gathered up a sackful of Frankie’s toys and carried them back to Miss hazel’s house. She left them on the porch in one of the rockers.
Now it so happened that Miss Hazel’s nephew, Joe Bowman, was in the habit of coming by Miss hazel’s to pick up his lunch and carry it to the construction site where he was working during the summer. Now, here it comes: Miss Hazel was in the habit of leaving the lunch in a paper sack in one of the rockers on the porch! You guessed it! Miss Hazel had not yet made it to the porch with her nephew Joe’s lunch that morning. Joe breezed by and picked up the sack he found waiting in the rocker! Joe took a lot of ribbing and went hungry when he opened his sack for lunch and discovered that his “lunch” was a sack of toys!
Now another cooking tidbit: On a Saturday morning in winter, Grace was cooking breakfast (grits were on the menu). The only phone in the house was at the opposite end of the long, 12 foot wide hall from the kitchen.
Church member Mr. Dewberry called early that morning and talked and talked and talked. Grace knew that he would never miss her, so she hurried back to the kitchen to stir the grits and returned to the phone. Dear Mr. Dewberry was still talking and never knew she had been gone!
DeWitt (the Parson) soon saw to it that they got an extension phone for the kitchen!
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