By Ernest J. Gaines
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Indd 47 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s run and catch up with them. Time I get there, I hear Billy Joe Martin and them coming up behind us. “Look at that baby,” Billy Joe Martin says. “Piss on himself,” Ju-Ju says. “Y’all leave him alone,” Bill says. “Baby, baby, piss on himself,” Billy Joe Martin sings. ” Bill says. “Piss on himself,” Billy Joe Martin says. “Wait,” Bill says. ” “Good-bye, piss pot,” Billy Joe Martin says. Him and Ju-Ju run down the road. They spank their hind parts with their hands and run like horses.
Uncle Al’s pipe almost gets in my face, and it don’t smell good. “Now,” Uncle Al says. “You all ready to go. ” Uncle Al leans over and gets me a potato out of the ashes. He knocks all the ashes off and puts the potato in my pocket. “Wait,” Mama says. ” Gran’mon looks on the mantelpiece and gets a paper bag. There’s something in the bag, and she takes it out and hands the bag to Mama. Mama puts the potato in the bag and puts it in my pocket. Then she goes and gets my book and tucks it under my arm.
Indd 54 10/15/13 10:13 PM A L on g Day in novemb er come back. ” Gran’mon comes back inside and goes to Uncle Al’s room. I look toward the wall and I can hear Daddy moving on the gallery. I hear Mama crying and I look at her. I don’t want see my mama crying, and I lay my head on Uncle Al’s knee and I want cry, too. “Amy, honey,” Daddy calls, “ain’t you coming up home and cook me something to eat? It’s lonely up there without you, honey. You don’t know how lonely it is without you. I can’t stay up there without you, honey.