This Is Stag Country

Bubbles Ketchum was raised in Mott, cheer-led for the Mohicans, moved here when she had little Madison — cute as a bug. Madison has been a standout for Lady Stags volleyball since eighth grade.

Grady Marlow swore Madison wasn’t his child when she was born, but Tiny Ketchum, Bubbles’s daddy, talked to him about it. Bubbles wore white at the wedding. They parked Madison with Tiny and Fabrice and honeymooned somewhere, then Grady went to work
dispatching vehicles for Ketchum Trucking.

No more kids since then. Bobbi Gail says Fabrice told her Bubbles said Grady tested low for sperm count. Bubbles makes Grady wear boxers on account of it, says men should stay cool down there. They’re trying for a boy now, but it may not be in the cards.

My Monty — rest in peace — didn’t lack fire power. I had my tubes tied after Trojan come caterwampus and scared us to death. Monty took one look at that poor baby and said, “This boy will lead us to Bi-District! His head looks just like a football.” I said, “Monty, shut up!” and busted out crying right there in delivery.

(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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