|Ball Fork of Pond Creek, Pike
County, KY, the Summer of 1948.
First off, very few if any, in that part of the
county had indoor bathrooms at that time. My oldest sister lived
in a "coal camp" house at #5 Camp, of Eastern Coal Company. My parents
along with myself and my brothers lived at Octavia J. Coal Camp, which
was a long walk away, prob about two miles. My second oldest
sister, along with her husband lived next door to us. On this Summer
Sunday someone suggested we all walk over to #5 and see Rose. After we
got to Rose's and stayed for a while, my second oldest sister and her husband
were going to walk to his fathers for a short visit, he lived just a short
distance on Ball Fork. I was the baby of the family and cried to
go with them, so along I went! I can remember being carried on my
brother in laws shoulders!
At any rate, by the time we got there, I , of
course had to go to the outhouse! and they sent me by myself, I had
never gone by myself! and as I sat my little behind over that hole, it
just kept going! I had fell in the pond of poop! I remember
so clearly, my sister crying, and everybody else laughing and laughing!
as I was stripped and bathed in the back yard after being pulled up and
out! Surprised I didn't end up being called Poopsie or worse!
Needless to say, for my entire life, I have been just a tad uneasy with
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