I’ll never forget the summers when my sisters and I spent the whole summer with our grandparents. Grandpa Jerry Trotter and Granny Velma Trotter. My grandparents live in McNab, Arkansas in the country on large acres of land outside of Fulton, Arkansas. We had many grand adventures and loads of fun the summer visits even though we were in the country. One of my adventures involved learning how to ride and drive a 4-wheeler that belonged to Grandpa Jerry. It was at the fastest bike I have been on in my life.
The 1st time I got on it I accadently push the gas button to much and I made it do a wheelie and fliped over. My cousin, my sister and I were on the 4-wheeler and all 3 of us fell backwards with the bike on top of us luckly no one got hurt with any injuries of any kind. It took at least half of the men in the family to turn it over. I remember my grandma running out of the house to check on us while she was cooking dinner. That night was a family cookout a fish fry as many would call it now. Granny would come to the kitchen and tell us to get out the cookbook and say, “Let’s get started. It would be the three of us with Granny helping her cook while all the men were doing what all men do watching sunday night football and drinking beer while the other kids played outside or watching tv in the other room. Once we finished frying everything I would ask my grandma if we could bake a big huge cake for dessert. My sisters and I both would always fight over the mixing bowl and spoons after my granny finished pouring it into the cake pan . When Granny and Grandpa Trotter got tired of us, we’d jump on our bikes and head to Uncle Richard’s place.
To get to his place, we had to ride a couple of miles out of McNab to Fulton to get to is house. This journey was fun except forthe distance but it was good excercise. While at uncle Richard’s place my sisters stayed at uncle Richard’s house with his 2 children R. J and Raven while I walked across the yard to my Great-grandmother’s house. There I talked to my mamone about the family history about how our family came to be. She told me everything I needed to know who her late husban was, who her mother and father were and how they met and I’d never forget what all she told me that day.
The night rolled in the moon ans stars lit up the sky and it was time to go back to my grandma and grandpa’s house in McNab but, it was to dark to see out way back. We had no flashlight on our bikes or helmets. Our hearts were pounding as we cried our eyes because we were so scared I said to my 2 older sisters Kendra and Jasmine that ” I want to go home, I dont wanna stay down here anymore it’s to scary”. Kendra looked to me and said ” I know Dee everything will be better tomorrow I promise”. I stop crying after that because I knew that my sisters would watch over me. We had survived that night of terror in the dark at my Uncle Richard’s.
He had called my grandparents that it was to dark for us to ride back to McNab so we would stay with him for the night and out grandpaernts would get us in the morning. Pretty soon though, we would have another challenge. While I was trying to get a goodnights rest I had a nightmare that I was never going to see my mommy again. It scared me so much I had to ask my sister could I sleep with in the bed with her. I am proud to say that we were able to sleep peacefully after that. The next morning my uncle woke all 3 of us up and said ” girl’s while your down here I think you need to get your hands dirty a little bit doing farmers work”.
Uncle Richard had a working farm, where we helped out with the horses, pigs, cows and chickens. The pigs were my least favorite and we had to help feed them. Feeding them was pretty gross because they ate anything. We fed them old corn stalks, food scraps and the most disgusting thing was dead chickens. We’d throw all this food in the pigpen and the pigs would go wild for it. We’d also put grain in the trough for them to eat. One time, there was a bunch of new baby pigs and they were so cute, that I wanted to pet one.
I climbed over the barbed wire fence to chase one down, and as soon as I did, here came mama pig after me, all one hundred and fifty pounds. Scared to death, I started screaming and running back to the fence. I put one leg over and sure enough, my thigh got caught in the barbed wire. So there I was, straddled on that barbed wire fence about to be attacked by a one hundred and fifty-pound pig. My sisters started to pull me off, but I was good and stuck. One of uncle Richard’s helpers saw us and rescued me. My sister Jasmine tried scare me when she told me I had to get a tetanus shot or I’d get lockjaw, so off to the doctor we went.
You’d think that would be enough, but not for my sisters and me. My sisters and I both loved to hear our grandparent’s stories and would ask them lots of questions. They’d eventually get tired of talking and tell us to go play. For us playing could be anything, including spying. We would lay on our bellies and crawl like snakes from the den to the bedroom and try to catch them unawares. One day we got lucky and thought we saw smoke coming out of the bathroom where Granny was. We thought this was really curious and wanted to figure out what was going on. We stalked Granny for several days and came to the conclusion she was smoking.
The only reason we could figure she was hiding was because she didn’t want Grandpa Jerry to know she was smoking. This was just too good to keep quite, so we wrote a note to Grandpa Jerry tattling on Granny, knowing she was going to get in trouble. Well, Granny never got in trouble but, we sure did. Grandpa Jerry scolded us for sneaking and spying on Granny. He did a really good job, because that was our last adventure in spying. Some of my best memories in life are those summers with my sisters, our grandparents, our uncle Richard, the country, and our imaginations.