Betty J. Slade

 

  • Colorblind-in your face ugly

    I saw the stark blue color from the top of the road, and I went into a violent panic attack. I turned onto our steep driveway and gunned it. I didn't touch the brakes. I pulled up beside Al, stopped and yelled out the car window, "It's the wrong color. Stop painting." Al turned his head and looked back at the side of the little cabin he was painting. He barked back over his shoulder and the noise of the paint gun, "You picked the color. I've already painted two cabins and I'm almost finished wit…

  • Cut the cord or comb the desert

    "I know, I know," "No, you don't know. If you knew, you wouldn't keep doing it." This was a weekly conversation between m Sweet Al and our daughter before she moved to Pagosa. She'd leave late on Friday night and would drive from Albuquerque to Pagosa. She didn't want to leave the family and would hang around, then drive back on Sunday night to Albuquerque, arriving at 2 in the morning. Al would tell her again, "Don't leave at 10 o'clock at night. It's not safe. Don't go the back way. Why? It's …

  • Granddad goes to Vegas

    How will Grandma keep Granddad down on the farm once he sees Sin City? My Sweet Al was ecstatic to be invite3d to the NASCAR race in Las Vegas, Nev. He packed and repacked for days as he prepared for his trip. This would be an incredible opportunity to take a trip and spend time with our son-in-law and our grandsons. I wish I had a memory of having fun with my grandmother. I don't ever remember laughing or having fun with her. Then again, that was a different time and age for me. I said to Al, "…

  • Second chances and the next generation

    I stood at the front of the courtroom and pleaded the young man's case. When asked who will speak for him, I said, "I will. I have known this young man since he was 10 years old. He's a sweet boy. Now 16 in high school, I know he's had scrapes with the law, but he hasn't been given a fair chance in this world." I heard from the bench, "Who will take him home? He is underage and we don't have a place for him." His mother, who was wearing an ankle tracker, had bounced in and out of jail many times…


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