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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Family Reunion (06/05/08)

TITLE: 'Ol Hairy Ears 'n Me
By Joanne Sher
06/11/08


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It's blasted hot. Hope my hair don't fry off, or my eyeballs. Need 'em to look where she's pointin'.

"Just go over there with everybody and mingle; get something to eat. I'll be back soon."

That's my ma. She's gotta pick up some 'tater salad or somethin'. She'll be back soon, she tol' me. And those folks over there? That's the Abernathy famly reunion.

Lookit all them people. Must be a zillion of 'em. Don't think I seen that many folks in one place my whole life.

Ain't never been ta a reunion before-least not that I can remember. Ma said I went ta one last year, and the year before that. Don't think she ever lied ta me, so I guess I been ta one. Don't really count, tho', if you don't 'member it.

Anyhow, I guess I better head over there and get me somethin' t' eat, like Ma said.

**

Man alive, I ain't never seen this much food. I'm headin' for the plates when I feel somethin' on my back.

This ol' man with more hair in his ears than I got on my whole head got his arm around me and is talkin' ta me like he knows me good. Ain't got any idea who he is.

"Oh, I'd know you anywhere, Son. You're the spitting image of your father, and his father before him. So glad you could make it, Jimmy Jr."

I just smile at him, all polite-like, like Ma taught me.

"Where's your folks, Jimmy Jr.?"

Ain't suppose ta talk with my mouth full, so I jus' point ta where Ma went. Ol' Hairy Ears ain't lookin anyway.

"You fill up that plate, Jimmy Jr., and come sit by me. Got lots of cousins just your age I want you to meet."

Ma always says ta respect your elders, so I do just what Ol' Hairy Ears tol' me to. I pile my plate up with chips 'n cookies 'n fried chicken 'n some a that wiggly square stuff with lumps in it (you know, the stuff ya see through). Anyways, I follow him over ta this five million mile long table and sit next ta him, and start stuffin' all that food inta my belly.

Anyways, he's callin' over all these kids and tellin' em I'm Jimmy Jr. I just smile 'n nod 'n wave, cuz my ma always says ta clean yer plate, and I just ain't got time ta stop eatin' if I wanna git home b'fore dark.

I'm finishin' off a chicken leg when I hear Ol' Hairy Ears talkin' ta some guy, and my hair stands up on my neck.

"That's quite a son you got there, Jimmy."

I try ta slide outta sight, but there ain't nowhere ta go. I'm too big 'round ta slip under the table, and there ain't no room ta git out any other way. I just close my eyes and ask the good Lord ta make me disappear.

I feel someone grab m'collar. I'm in for it this time.

"Young man, didn't I tell you to wait for me? You have no right barging into this party with people you don't know."

It's my Ma again. I just act 'barrassed, like she told me, 'n slide out 'n follow her. She done 'pologized fifty times 'fore we make it ta the car.

"How'd you do, Mark?"

I pull cookies 'n fried chicken 'n pretzels 'n stuff outta my pocket 'n spread 'em out on th' seat. I kin tell Ma's proud of me.

"You kin have alla it, Ma. Can't fit another bite in my belly."

Ma musses up my hair and smiles. I know I dun her good, and heck, it was jus' as fun as she tol' me it would be.

And the best part? Ma said the Wilsons are havin' a reunion next Sundy.


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Betty Castleberry06/12/08
I'm chuckling at your little con man. This is a lot of fun, and very creative. Well done.
Karen Wilber 06/13/08
At some point I began to wonder if that was his family. Hmmmm. :-) I love how his good manners get him through the reunion. This one's fun.
Jan Ackerson 06/15/08
Oh, hilarious! I LOVED the aha! moment, and the dialect was a perfect touch. LOVE this!
LauraLee Shaw06/15/08
Great characterization, smooth flow on the dialect. CREATIVE approach to the topic. LOVE it!
Chely Roach06/15/08
This was so much fun...LOL! Truly a blast to read. Thanks!
Joy Faire Stewart06/15/08
This is great! I wasn't expection the end and loved it. Excellent!
Dee Yoder 06/15/08
Crashin' a family reunion, huh? HI-larious! Love this MC and his dialect. It's a load of fun to read. ( :
Lyn Churchyard06/16/08
Joanne, I'm surprised at you! Crashin' someone's family reunion. Hee Hee, what a hoot. I loved the dialect, you dun good girl. This was so much fun to read. Loved the title - top class.
Mariane Holbrook06/16/08
Who said you couldn't do dialect? What a great piece, a hilarious piece! I LOVED it!!!
Ruthie Forgey06/16/08
Very Clever and entertaining. Nice job!
Yvonne Blake 06/16/08
I liked your dialect.
I thought it was going to turn out differently.
I loved your title and description of "Hairy Ears".
Good writing, as usual.
Amy Michelle Wiley 06/16/08
Ha, two twists in a few paragraphs! I wasn't surprised that he was at the "wrong family" reunion, but the actual twist I didn't see coming. Great job! Very fun.
LaNaye Perkins06/17/08
This was such a hoot to read. You did a fantastic job on this humorous piece. Well done my friend. I loved it all.
Norma-Anne Hough 06/17/08
Lovely read with an wonderful twist at the end.
Well done.
Debbie Wistrom06/18/08
Loved it, this was a fun read. Your approach to the topic-so very creative.
Sara Harricharan 06/18/08
ROFL! Oooh, good "dialect" I just love the flavor it added to this piece, that little guy sure knew what he wanted...crashing into a whole family reunion like that. lolz. Great job! ^_^
Ann Renae Hair06/18/08
What a hoot! So much for him being the spittin' image of his father...

You nailed it again! Super dialogue. Loved the whole story. Smiles!
Catrina Bradley 06/18/08
GREAT job with the hill-billy dialect. And a fun story to boot. The first person pov works wonderfully for this tale. Super!!
Joshua Janoski06/18/08
Absolutely delightful! The voice of the boy made me laugh the entire time, and the ending was perfect. One of my favorites this week. Good job, Joanne! :)
Colin Swann06/21/08
Thanks you masters for your expertise and encouragement that we writers experience from you, right from starting out as beginners.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/21/08
This is wonderful. I want to see more of this character.