KISSING HER KOWBELL
When I got to my gate I saw Uncle Garrett standing on the porch like he was waiting for me. I stopped with my hand on the gate. I was breathing hard.
Uncle Garret asked me, “You gonna grow old there?”
Nothing was different but everything had changed.
Uncle Garrett made a grab at some bug flying around his face and then he said, “I’m sorry, Buck. I warned you: affections are tricky varmints. Do you understand? ”
I said with a shaky lip, “Everything’s changed.”
Uncle Garrett sounded hurt when he said, “I haven’t changed toward you, Buck. You must know that.”
I said thoughtlessly, “Grandma always said you were headed for trouble.”
Uncle Garrett looked down and said, “I know. And she was right,” and then he looked up at…
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