Saturday, January 19, 2013
Abernathy's Mill on the Tallapoosa
"Well, Mr. Abernathy was threshing wheat. And back then, you know, we used that wheat straw in our bedding. We had mattresses full of wheat straw, and we'd make a feather bedding on top of that.
"So, while we were there crushing the corn, Dad just drove up there to that pile of wheat straw and said, 'Come on! Let's fill the back full!' And we packed the back seat of that thing with wheat straw, and he let me sit on it to keep the wind from blowing it off until we got back to the house. And man, I felt like I was worth a million dollars, sitting on top of that. Those moments like that, they seem so momentous to me at the time. I never really forget them." -- T.J. Latham
Read more in W. Jeff Bishop's new novel, A Cold Coming -- February, 2013.