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From front guy, and lead singer/songwriter of Alabama---the greatest nation tune staff of all time---comes an inspiring memoir of religion, relatives, and dwelling the yankee dream.

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He was planning to buy some cows, go through all the work of getting them on the truck and hauling them down to the stockyards, and then hopefully sell them at a profit. The banker said sure and handed him the money. Y. coming back down the sidewalk. He walks in and hands the guy his $700 back, plus half a day’s interest. He had driven out to the cattle farm, gotten the cattle, hauled them back to the stockyards, sold them, got immediate payment, and marched right to the bank, all in a span of a few hours.

My 34 H O M E daddy was a stickler about paying this money back. His word was pretty much the only collateral he had. Years later, when I was on the board of the same bank (now Compass Bank) where he used to borrow money, I heard a great story about my dad. , as they all called him, walked into the bank to borrow $700. He was planning to buy some cows, go through all the work of getting them on the truck and hauling them down to the stockyards, and then hopefully sell them at a profit. The banker said sure and handed him the money.

It came to a grand total of $800. A year of farming your own land; raising cattle, hogs, and chickens; sharecropping on other people’s land; and selling what you could—all for a yearly gross income of $800. com, $800 in 1960 equals about $5,600 today. In other words, not much. But we got by. We raised our own potatoes and vegetables, ate our own meat, and canned everything that could fit in a can. One year when the season was terribly dry and the corn didn’t come up, Reba and I got together and plowed a field and raised these gigantic Congo watermelons—thirty and forty pounds each—and sold them to local country grocery stores.

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