[gardeners] DeDe gives Belle Ringer a job

Cousin DeDe/dede (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 7 Jul 1998 11:32:43 +0000

Dear Cousin Belle,

Preacher's praying for you in your time of trouble and the rest of us is
wringing our hands and exercising our mouths fretting about how you is
bearing up while you is waiting for Justice to come and make things right
and proper and end your time of confinement. (Belle, we ain't gonna tell
anybody outside the family that you is incarcerated; we just saying that
you enrolled yourself in the Beauty College and had  a bit of trouble with 
the paraffin but you'll be on home just as soon as your mustache grows 
back in so as the scars don't show too bad.)

Anyhow, seeing as how you has got time on your hand and no chores to tend
in the garden at present, I thought I'd set you to a bit of work to help 
you pass the time. Belle, we may just have found us a couple of 
new members of the family.  One of 'em lives in Texas a ways down the road 
from Preacher. Christian name of Allen; says his wife goes by the 
name of Judy. I'm enclosing a letter from Allen  so you got all the 
particulars. Thing that makes me think Allen may be kin is his Granny's 
pickle recipe. Sounds just like the one Cousin Sadie's mama used that 
summer when she was trying to grow raspberries in Houston and waiting for 
Sadie to come into this world. 

Then there's this woman calls herself Penny. I got me some doubts. First 
off, the woman's living up there in the North (close to New York City, so 
you know she's most likely fallen on real hard times) and don't eat no 
fatback nor collards, but she claims her mama's people came from 
Charleston and Columbia. So, it's possible I suppose, though I shudder to 
think what terrible depredations forced her people to go up North. We all 
know that folks from Charleston would rather pawn their mama's silver than 
leave. Secondly, she's doesn't say anything about how she cleans up the 
house *'afore* her cleaning lady comes. Only a Yankee would  let the help 
see her mess right off. 

On the other hand, Penny's got herself a notion about how to fix the water 
shortages them folks out West is suffering that sounds like something 
Cousin Martin down in Houston would be proud to call his own. You 
remember Cousin Martin. Well, he's never been the same since that trashy 
New York writer feller done found that letter Cousin Martin left laying 
around never dreaming it would end up in the newspaper. Ever since that 
letter got itself printed, all Martin does is sit around the bus station 
spitting watermelon seeds and waiting for a chance to get a ticket 

Well, I think I've told you enough news for now. You keep your
spirits up and don't forget to powder your nose in the morning. You may be
incarcerated, but you is still a lady and a lady is always ready to receive

Cousin DeDe