"I Remember When"
by Valton Jobe
Another year has come and gone
and time is drawing near,
For the Jobes and all their kinfolks
to meet again this year.
We will meet this year in Sulphur Springs
at the Inn just east of town,
it's on old highway sixty-seven, and easy to be found.
We'll spin some yarns and tell some jokes
We'll laugh and some may cry,
when we begin to reminisce of things in days gone by.
We'll eat the food that's been prepared
We'll drink a coke and then,
we're bound to hear somebody say
"I Remember When"!
I remember when we were growing up
on a Hopkins County Farm,
Picking cotton, gather'n corn, hauling hay to the barn.
The girls would gather up the eggs the boys would slop the hogs,
our mother cooking biscuits, daddy chopping fireplace logs.
I remember when the winters cold and March winds had passed by,
a happy bunch of kids we were, cause "bare-foot" days were nigh.
Church Meetings in the summertime school plays in the Fall,
it didn't matter where they were we tried to make them all.
And at the close of school each year there's one thing we all knew,
almost every one of them had a "Hopkins County Stew".
I remember planting crops each year and tilling them with care,
Boll-Weavels or an overflow leaving fields completely bare.
Picking ripe blackberries down by a creek or slough,
covered up with chiggers by the time that we were through.
I remember crossing Caney Creek on a foot-log much to small,
but we were rough and tough back then,
"So What" If we should fall!
Will anyone remember when they caught the Itch at school,
or spending Sunday afternoon in a creek or muddy pool?
Playing hop-scotch, spinning tops, pitching horseshoes too,
playing jacks on the floor at night?, not much else to do.
To the younger generation these memories won't mean much,
you may not understand because you've not experienced such.
But someday when you're growing old,
and with you're loved ones meet,
the memories that you recall,will be to you as sweet.
And when you come together with your family and kin,
you're sure to hear somebody say,
"I Remember When"!