Humanity, Darling

Overview

Have you ever overheard or seen something funny or touching and later on told someone else about it? After you got through doing it, did that person kinda squint at you and ask, "Did that really happen?" What did you say back? Most likely you said, while avoiding direct eye contact, "It sure did." Chances are, though, the incident did not really happen as you described it. Probably, you changed things a wee bit to make the occurrence more entertaining or interesting.

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Overview

Have you ever overheard or seen something funny or touching and later on told someone else about it? After you got through doing it, did that person kinda squint at you and ask, "Did that really happen?" What did you say back? Most likely you said, while avoiding direct eye contact, "It sure did." Chances are, though, the incident did not really happen as you described it. Probably, you changed things a wee bit to make the occurrence more entertaining or interesting.

The collection of monologues, dialogues, and the like that you'll find in these pages came from things either I saw or heard (usually overheard), or someone else saw or heard (usually overheard), and told me about. These pieces, snapshots really, originated in familiar places: the home; the church; the courthouse; the workplace; the hospital; the supermarket; indeed, anywhere two or more people were gathered.

Before you ask me did these things really happen--yes, they did. Well, they, sorta, kinda did. I might have added or subtracted something here and there in fictionalizing them, but I tried not to change their fundamental nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595093908
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/9/2000
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Prologue
1. As soon as 3
In the Family
2. Well, I'll tell you 7
3. Big Eye caught Mama at a bad time 9
4. I ain't got 11
5. Mama saw the red string 13
6. Big ol' man 19
7. Mama didn't like it 21
8. Daddy told the man to go on 27
9. Mama kept on working after Daddy retired 29
10. Evening, ma'am 31
On the Other Side
11. Mama was with Grandmama 37
12. I never hear that clock 39
13. Daddy hadn't been dead an hour 41
14. I know y'all mean well 45
15. Every time Harley got drunk 49
16. A friend of mine told me 53
In the Pew
17. We're all Methodists 57
18. What do I think 59
19. The hateful thing, she come 61
20. She told me she went to 65
21. We call on Brother Harper to lead us 67
At the Bar
22. Would you state your full name, please 71
23. Mark my words 81
24. Are there any questions 83
25. You're pleading guilty 85
26. How long have you known 87
On the Other Hand
27. I got on the train there in Dothan 91
28. I got me this here government job 93
29. What do you do 95
30. You ever seen my granddaughter 97
31. My daughter and William 99
32. She's so mean 101
About Life
33. Life is like a game 105
34. Life ain't nothing 107
In Their View
35. I try not to make 111
36. Auburn fans 113
37. Do I think things have changed 115
38. See where that girl 117
39. And how about your education 119
40. Ever just sit around 123
In the Hospital
41. Don't never let them put me 127
42. I took Charlie down to the hospital 133
43. Hey, Daddy. I was beginnin' 135
About the Author 139
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