by Glenn Mollette

Asking Dad for Something
Glenn Mollette

We weren’t loaded when I was a kid but life was pretty good. We had creeks to swim in and mountains to roam around and country roads safe for bicycles. When I was younger we had a basketball goal in a cow pasture. Cows always love to stand on the basketball court and they always left evidence they had been there. Cleanup always took place before a basketball game but inevitably the basketball would land in one of those overlooked cow spots and it was somewhat of a mess to say the least. However, a brush here and there and the game always went on.

I’m appreciative of a blessed childhood. At the time I remember thinking that it wasn’t so great but looking back I now wish my kids could have some semblance of my experience.

We didn’t have blockbuster or malls or multi television channels or fast food restaurants and I know I would have enjoyed them as a child but God blessed in so many other simple ways.

I don’t recall asking my father for a lot as a kid. I never really knew for sure what I needed. My grandfather’s store was across the creek and he all kinds of ice cream, soda pop, candy and jumbo pies. My parents ran a small credit account with him week by week and sadly to say I was an abuser often of a good thing.

I remember asking my dad for a bicycle. We made a deal. If I would have my tonsils removed then I would either get a new pony and five dollars or a new bicycle and five dollars. My dad kind of suggested the bicycle and the deal was done.

When I got the five dollars I horded it for the longest time and I couldn’t figure out anything I needed so I decided I wanted to take my folks out to a fancy dinner. My favorite place was the G.C. Murphy grill in Paintsville. They had great hot dogs and the fountain cokes were scrumptious. So the meal was done and we all had hot dogs. I’m sure I had two and it took over half of my money. But it was nice doing something for mom and dad.

I can’t really remember ...

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