You are truly gifted. I don't think you could write these Aunt Bett articles fast enough for me. A book would be the answer. One that I could curl up with while drinking herbal tea, and in between the chapters, remembering my own childhood visits on my great-grand parents farm in southern West Virginia. I'm printing them off for my grandmother (89 yrs) to read.
The stories of Aunt Bett have great value on many levels, informational, historical, and emotional, as well as entertaining. Please write more, and often!
The words your Aunt Bett used are the same as my great-grandfather's, like "pizen" (poison) in your "Croup" story. Everytime you write these Appalachian "folk words", I can see him throwing his head back in a big ol' laugh at the questions the great-grand children had for him (he was a big story-teller). He took us on hikes across the farm to visit the various wild critters and plants. I hate that I cannot recall all his stories the way you can your Aunt Bett's.
Have you read the "Foxfire" series of books on Appalachian culture? I think the reason I like those books so much is they make me think of him, too. Guess I'll always miss him.
Thank you, Sundownr.
I remember Aunt Bett very well, and it helps that I have a lot of my mothers momentos, recipes, etc. I was in my mid to late 20's when Aunt Bett died, and I had spent my life very near her till I was 17 and went away to school. I do remember the words, the pronunciation.
I have read the Foxfire series, it has been several years since I read it, but I know what you mean. There is a book that you would enjoy by David Baldacci called Wish You Well. If you haven't read it, you should. It takes place during the same time as Aunt Bett, but it is set in West Virginia. You would like it, I think.
I have volumes 1 - 12 of the Foxfire series, and I think they have a couple more out now. I just ordered "Wish You Well" from PaperBackSwap, upon your recomendation. Others gave it a good review, too. Can't wait to get it!