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 Texas : Features : Columns : Spunky Flat and Beyond :
Spunky Flat and Beyond - A Memoir


MONSTERS OF BIG CREEK
A Mother's Wisdom

by George Lester
George Lester
Bordering our farm to the east was a stream improperly named "Big Creek". Most of the year it didn't flow at all and only had a few pools remaining in spots. Regardless, it was the favorite part of the farm for Sam and me. We took every opportunity to venture down there and play in the woods surrounding it.

Once when our older brother, Morris came to visit he asked if we would like to camp out over night on the creek bed. This sounded great and I was excited all the day as we prepared for the big night. The event that night went well as we sat around the campfire and listened to the sounds of nature surrounding us. My brothers soon detected that I was a bit leery of the wall of darkness that crowded the faint glow of the blaze before us. They wondered out loud about the kinds of animals lurking out there in the shadows. It didn't take much of this until I was ready to hike back to the house but I didn't want them to know. Besides, it was almost a mile walk in the dark to get home.

I was about to run out of ideas on how to get out of this when I saw the headlights of a car approaching. Our parents were coming to check on us before retiring for the night. Sam and Morris assured them that everything was fine, and we were having a good time. My mind was spinning as I tried to think of an honorable way to get out of this and spend the night in my nice, soft, safe bed at home. As they got back in the car I suddenly got a brilliant idea. I ran to my mother and exclaimed. " Mama, I know you won't get any sleep tonight worrying about me so I guess I'd better go back with you." She hugged me and said that she probably wouldn't get any sleep, so yes, I'd better go back with them. That trip back home was the most enjoyable ride I had ever taken.

I don't know how much later it was that I realized what really happened that night. Sam and Morris teased me about it for a long time, but that night all I thought about was being saved from the monsters of Big Creek.


George Lester
4-27-2004
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