It’s Wednesday headin’ t’ward high noon at the Flat Rock General Store. The Store is lined, bundled and stacked full with all The Store regulars, plus other community and area Flat Rock folk, even a few not so bashful strays and strangers.
There along the back wall b’hind the old pot-bellied heater, on white butcher paper in red marker, is the lunch day eatin’ menu:
JOE’S CHILI JUICE
HEART-SHAPED GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES
GOLDEN YELLOW CAKE WITH WARM
CHOCOLATE SAUCE POURED TOPICAL
SWEET MILK, COFFEE & SOUTHERN SWEET TEA
Most folk love my sweet chili, me included. Dustin calls it "chili juice." Usually there are about three gallons on the stove of the cabin at Potter’s Mud Creek Farm. The top 1/3 is my favorite juice or soup, but take a little dig deeper and there is plenty of ground beef, beans and tomatoes. I asked Kole, my second grandson, if he liked my chili one day as he finished off his second bowl of Joe’s Chili Soup with cheese and the sister’s rolls. He said, "Nawh, Pappaw, I just eat it twice a day because it’s settin’ on the cabin stove." HA!
Beyond the eatin’ time silence and seconds requests for both chili and cake, there is a full variation of conversin’ topics—Auburn football, "Truth"’s big old nine-point buck, Farlow’s new tractor and too many other topics to pencil down. Estelle was showin’ off two spring catalogs, one for garden seed orderin’ and another with tannin’ beds and even tattoo removal tools for possible use at her hair factory.
Hatch, S.R. and J.R. was a movin’ Slim in a new used recliner with a cup holder and T.V. remote hider built into the chair arm.
Essex and the Widow Cora are all huddled up at the end of The Store counter. They’re workin’ on the 2011 "Writin’ My Feelin’s to My Sweetheart Contest."
There’s a couple of stragglers who showed up late requestin’ the last of the Eatin’ Day vittles.
A heavy shower begins to fall on the old tin top as most folk begin to disperse for their evenin’ duties and obligations.
Happy Valentine’s Day 2011 to all sweethearts, both young and old.
REMEMBER YOUR HERITAGE!!!
ALWAYS, THINK GOOD MEMORIES!!!
Beyond the personal loss of my first son, Joseph Heath Potter, and my daddy, "Pop" C.C. (Corbett Calvin) Potter, we have lost some other special people these past months. Among them are Jadie Burney, Jerry Crews, Leoma Potter, Gaines Masterson and Noble Holland. Noble was a staunch Heath Potter supporter and now they are in heaven together.
Thank you to all Farm Fresh Memories readers and supporters. I find out each week about another reader who enjoys my column and, in many cases, our paths have never crossed. The latest is Mrs. Earl Hughes of Haleyville in Winston County. Thank you, Ma’am!!