Life With Some Luxuries

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Life With Some Luxuries

It is supposed that most of us have heard the expression, ‘I felt sorry for the man without shoes until I met the man with no feet’.

It is supposed that one living in the proverbial lap of luxury, say, in a penthouse on a lovely sea, has the world by the ying-yang! That is, perhaps knowing the ‘dark negative side’ and knowing the ‘bright positive side’ of life. Or, not.

It’s doubtful that anyone ‘has the world by the ying yang’, but so many do know and can clearly distinguish between the two. My friends are farmers, pest-control people, and some wealthy folks as well. You can find that kind of living quite often in the small town scenario. Everyone is treated equally, though the register might show some big deficits in terms of wealth.

Take me, for example, I was born in Appalachian poverty and remember so well the kerosene lamps, bed chambers, and the occasional trip in dark of night to the outhouse.

Now, that doesn’t buy me a ticket anywhere, but those memories surely make me duly appreciate of a nice home with some luxury features. Those memories are always with me and they provide a ‘stop’ measure if there comes a time when I so easily ‘wear’ luxuries and forget how life can be in the lower rent districts…I’ve lived there, know them well.

In fact, I can track my memories and remember some lovely simple moments of youth, like, when my grandmother held me on her lap in an old stuffed chair, her spittle can on the floor next to her. She would cut a big red apple in two halves and with that knife ‘mush’ that apple up it into her version of apple sauce, then fed it to me…

I can remember when my Mom was a boarding house cook, when we had a room across from the kitchen, and, as I sat listening to a radio broadcast of a baseball game she brought me a plate of her wonderful cooking – kissing me on the cheek and saying her love words to me…

I can remember my club-footed cousin JD and I playing ‘cowboys and indians’ on those old country roads, exploring around the old sawmill watching for copperheads…

I can remember my grandpa coming around the mountain on an old railroad track tooting the old steam engine’s whistle, announcing the arrival of another bunch of logs from the other side of the mountain.

Well, I grew through those early days and experienced the comraderie of my football and basketball buddies in a gated historic city there the ‘Atomic Bomb’ was built, and on the periphery, watching my Mom struggle still with the rent payments and a sister that was growing too fast, age fifteen, going on twenty-one.

So, why all this rummaging through the past, the ‘ying and yang’ of living? Here in ‘Twilight’ there is time to reflect likely too much on the past and the present, how people make their adjustments as they play out their lives. Compared to those long-ago days I’ve fared very well in the pre-twilight years, not a ‘fat-cat’ by any stretch but will likely be buried with a bit of legacy for the kids. I’m envious of no one, but I still have my dreams as an author of a ‘best-selling’ book. My 17th novel, “The Pickett Factor” is being launched in a couple of weeks, and I like its chances…if I get some help from my friends.

As I ramble here, I’m just hopeful that people can understand that where they are on any kind of measuring chart, financial or otherwise, it’s basically where your heart and mind are that truly matters.

Billy Ray Chitwood – October 30, 2018

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8 comments on “Life With Some Luxuries”

  1. That was a generation that could anything with a knife and piece of fruit. Boy did that surface some memories of my grandparents. Congrats on your release…wishing for you a best seller!

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  2. Great memories, Billy Ray. I have similar recollections of time spent exploring the woods, trips to the outhouse, fishing the day away, doing chores, and visiting with relatives who told the wildest stories. The list goes on and on. I think, in a way, people are lucky who live without the luxuries of life (as long as the hardships are too deep). I remember making our own fun, using our imaginations, and learning some lifelong lessons about resilience and responsibility. Enjoy the memories, my friend.

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    1. Hi, da-AL, I’ve failed miserably at promoting my books. I do the tweeting, the blogging, different platforms, and sales are minimal…in fact, I’ve bemoaned that fact in a previous post. My most successful book to this point is “Mama’s Madness” – I did virtually no marketing (might have given FREE some books initially on Amazon) and somehow received sixty-odd reviews, most of them gratifying and generous… I would love to know the secret to successful marketing of a book, but, alas, I do not…there are so many of us out there plagued by the same problem…a glutted market, but still one that a good book can prevail… One last thing, da-AL, writing for me is therapy, keeps me alive and vigorous of mind – I can live through the characters I create on the laptop,,,I love writing, once taught the subject, and I’m too damned old to take time away from writing to delve into Marketing structures. I’m shamefully neglectful of my blog friends because I’m constantly writing. I’m working now on my nineteenth book. Like so many of my fictional forays, this one is inspired by an actual hard-to-believe crime that I just had to try understanding the psychopathy-sociopathy of the killer in the true case…
      I’ll stop rambling and say ‘thank you’ and sorry I’m not too substantive on the ‘promotion front’..
      My best wishes to you da-AL. Hopefully, we can stay in touch. Bill C. ♥

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