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Letter To A Roughneck Son

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posted by Jay on September 14th, 2009 at 8:25 PM

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Dearest Son,

I'm writing this slow because I know you can't read real fast. We don't live where we did when you left home. Your Dad read in the newspaper that most accidents happen within 20 miles of your home, so we moved. I won't be able to send you the address because the last Drillerís family that lived here took the numbers off the house when they moved so they wouldn't have to change their address.

The new place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. But, it doesn't work so well. I put a load of clothes in and pulled the chain.
We ain't seen 'em since.
The weather ain't bad here either. It rained twice last week, the first time for three days and the second time for four days.

About that coat you asked me to send, your Uncle Billy Jack said it would be too heavy and cost too much to send in the mail with the buttons on so we cut them off and put them in the pockets.

Bubba locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were real worried about it for a while 'cause it took him two hours to get me and your father out.

Oh, and your sister had a baby this morning but I haven't found out what it is yet. So, I don't know if you're an aunt or an uncle. I'll keep you posted on that. The baby looks just like your brother Bubba.

Your cousin Billy Ray fell into a vat of whiskey last week. Some men tried to pull him out but he fought them off and drowned. We had him cremated. He burned for two and a half days.

Three of your old school friends went off a bridge in a pick up truck.
Cletus was driving. He rolled down the window and swam to safety. Roscoe and Buck were in the bed of the truck and died. The Sheriff said it appears they drowned 'cause they weren't able to get the tailgate down.

There isn't much more news right now. Nothing much out of the normal has happened.

Love from your favorite Aunt,

Mom

P.S. I was going to send you $10.00 but I have already closed the envelope.

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