Indie at Thanksgiving
I went by to check on Indie before Thanksgiving. I’d gotten so busy I hadn’t been by in a while.
“Bibey, old boy. How ya been? Me and Barney (his skeleton) were gonna put out an all points bulletin for you.”
“I’m sorry Indie. I should been by- eight days a week you know.”
“Hell, you don’t have to tell me- I did it forty years.”
“And you were the best. How you been?”
“You mean is that goon ball in my chest giving me a fit- hell, I don’t think about it much. In Europe they treat cancer as a chronic illness- like arthritis or something. In American we treat it like a damn football game. If you ain’t number one you’re a loser- nutty, huh? It’s just a thing- something to live with.” Indie hooked Barney in the ribs with his cane and pulled him to his side. He opened up the skull cap. “Care for a drink?”
“No thanks, Indie. Gotta work.”
“Suit yourself. Don’t forget to smell the roses, though. You look tired.”
Ain’t that just like Indie? There is is with cancer, and he’s worried about me. “I will Indie.”
“You been down to check on the cabin?” he asked.
“Yeah, she’s all good. No worries there.”
“Come spring I want you to get me out of here a day and go down to the river. I might just go for a swim. The river’ll cure what ails you, you know.”
“Will do.” We visited for a while. “I guess I better get on to the house. The kids are coming in and Marfar’s fixing persimmon pudding.”
“Mm. That pudding is the best. Save some for me. I’ll see you next week.”
I massaged his neck muscles like Ms. Jenkins used to do. “Sure enough. See you then.”
On the way home I thought about how much ole Indie has meant to me. Next to family, he was one of the most important people in my life. Man I was gonna miss him when he was gone. Better go hug all my people and hold ’em close. That sure is what Indie would do.
Y’all have a good Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for my wife and kids, my office staff and my bluegrass friends and golf pals, but I am thankful for all you blog buddies too. One of these fine days, I’m gonna go on my little tour and meet you guys.
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