June 2009
Farm Fresh Memories

A Father's Perspective, From Flat Rock!!!

It’s All ‘Bout Being There, Giving, Caring, Doing,
Going the Extra Mile; It’s All ‘Bout “Love” And Examplin’

 Dedicated to:

My Daddy "Pop" C.C., Corbett Calvin Potter, He’s 85…

And My Two Sons, Joseph Heath Potter and Dustin Torrey Potter

First boys, now men, both fathers (Daddys)…

It was Friday in the full day movin’ clear past suppertime and there was a crowd gatherin’ down to The Flat Rock General Store. All The Store regulars includin’ Slim, Essex, Ms. Ida, the widow Cora, my Daddy "Pop" C.C., Farlow, Willerdean, "Truth," Estelle, Bro., S.R., J.R., "Hatch," Heath and Dustin were present. There was bundles of other community and area folk a congergatin’ ’bout the grounds a stakin’ out lawn chair settin’ places.

Harley Hood and friends were offerin’ a musical salute to the nearin’ of Father’s Day, the third week in June. There, along the back wall of The Store, on white butcher paper in red marker were words of specialness from regulars plus other community and area folk t’ward their Daddys. Bro. was a passin’ out flyers ’bout the comin’ June 21st special Father’s Day program down to the Baptist Church. The flyers carried a note ‘bout the importance of Fathers (Daddys) in developin’ a young boy’s or girl’s life. As I finished readin’ Bro.’s flyer, I recalled both the gettin’ and the givin’ of fatherhood and a poem I penciled down for Heath and Dustin some years back.

"YOU DECIDE!!!"

IF THE COWS NEED HAY
WHEN THE WORK IS
FINISHED AND IT IS
TIME TO PLAY

IF THE CAR IS GOING
THE RIGHT WAY
HOW LATE IS LATE

WHERE YOU ARE AND
WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
WHICH WAY FROM POINT "A"
TO POINT "B"

WHAT YOU WANT
TO BE ONE DAY
HOW TO HANDLE
OBSTACLES ALONG
THE WAY

IF THE WATER IS DEEP
WHERE TO CROSS THE CREEK

WHICH HORSE TO RIDE
WHAT CROPS TO PLANT

IF THE HAY IS DRY
ENOUGH TO BALE YET
WHAT WILL BE THE
EXAMPLE YOU SET

WHO YOU WILL GIVE
YOUR HEART TO ONE DAY
WHEN AND WHERE TO PRAY

IF YOU ARE STILL AFRAID
OF THE DARK
WAS THERE REALLY
AN ARK

I HAVE WALKED WITH YOU,
I HAVE HELD YOUR HAND,
I HAVE TAUGHT YOU MUCH,
NOW SON, "YOU DECIDE!!!"

Followin’ ‘bout 15 plus songs and two curtain calls for Harley Hood and friends, folk tempered down. All those gathered begin to disperse t’ward home for the comin’ news and weather reportin’ from Huntsville. Course, other folk was a thinkin’ of preparin’ for nighttime restin’. Harley Hood noted to me as they were a dismantlin’, for media reportin’ purposes, the crowd was a nearin’ 1,000, all directed t’ward salutin’ the comin’ of Father’s Day from Flat Rock…

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL FATHERS (DADDYS) FOR OUGHT NINE.
THANK YOU ALL FOR "LOVE" AND PROPER EXAMPLIN’!!!

REMEMBER YOUR HERITAGE!!!
ALWAYS, THINK GOOD MEMORIES!!!

Joe Potter is a former vocational agriculture teacher, FFA advisor and retired county agent (Colbert County).