Once Upon A Time… – Kalebra Kelby
Moments, Nature, Things I hope my children will read one day

Once Upon A Time…

May 29, 2016

Once upon a time there was a little girl who had three uncles: The Business Man, The Cowboy and The Hippy and she loved them all and as a little girl, she only knew she loved them but as she grew into an adult she began to understand just how blessed she was to have them, these characters, in her life. They are gone now and she thinks about all of them often but on this day she was just thinking about…

The Cowboy.

He drank too much, cussed too much, fought too much, married too much and got in way too much trouble. “Life is hard!” And he made it harder (certainly on himself) but man, was he full of life! If it were possible to be so full of life as to be bigger than it, then that’s what he was, bigger than life. Well, certainly, louder than it. Hahahaha! He had one good eye, one re-attached finger (she was always told not to ask) and one bad temper but he also had the love of every person who truly knew him — especially the children. Sure, men were terrified of him as he growled and frothed at the mouth “son of a bit%@!” so that he could set them straight, but all she could do was giggle because she had been given “that wink.” The one that he would give that said, “Don’t worry about what you’re seeing or hearing, I’ve got this under control.”

Married four, no five, times? However many times, it’s safe to say women loved him but clearly being “full of life” means you can also be full of something else but, luckily, young nieces didn’t have to stand in judgement of that. Whew!

Oh and he had the best quotes! Like, “Never follow a snake into its own hole.” That was one of her favorites,
she felt it had served her well her whole life.

Anyway, it had been about fifteen years since she had seen her cowboy uncle when she suddenly found herself with the good fortune to sit down by the lake and talk with him. She didn’t really have the time that day but the opportunity was too great to let any more time pass between them so she sat down. She had thirty minutes — she spent an hour and a half. They shared memories and stories and laughed and cried (he would have said the sun was in his eyes) and sat quietly, grateful for the time together.

The very next day my mother called to tell me that my cowboy uncle had passed away…

Oh how I cried…I cannot begin to tell you but then I looked out onto this lake and the bench we sat on and I knew he’d be here and I knew that’s why he had come the day before and I knew I would be replaying that day and our conversation forever
and all I could hear was his voice in my head saying,…

“Son of a bit%@!” and then “that wink.”

And oh how I laughed…and now I get to raise a cup to him each morning as I can just imagine him sitting on the bench where we sat or cussing the gators or enjoying a sunset in the evenings and it makes me happy.

Love always.

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  • Reply clinton ferrara May 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I was also lucky to have favorite uncles in my life. Thanks for sharing your story. It brought back some fond memories of my own.

    • Reply Kalebra May 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      It was my pleasure Clinton and I’m so happy I could do that for you. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for trekking all the way over here. 🙂

  • Reply clinton ferrara May 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I had to hear the rest of the story. Have a fun weekend yourself. Today has been a fine old lazy day and tomorrow is a holiday. Butterflies and birds all over the place.

    • Reply Kalebra June 1, 2016 at 8:32 am

      “Butterflies and birds all over the place.” 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Reply steve kalman May 30, 2016 at 10:35 am

    It is a good day for memories. Thanks for posting this special one.

    I hope you’re having a great day with family and friends.

    • Reply Kalebra June 1, 2016 at 8:32 am

      I did indeed Steve and may I say it’s nice talking to you here, thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply Susan Pang May 31, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Great story….thanks for reminding me about those “Cowboys” in my life! 😍

    • Reply Kalebra June 1, 2016 at 8:31 am

      My pleasure Susan and thank you for reading about mine — have a great day! 🙂

  • Reply Piotr Kulczycki May 31, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Great story! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Cheers!

    • Reply Kalebra June 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you for reading it. 🙂

  • Reply Erica (@rannylouise) June 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Precious memories. 😊 I adore these little glimpses into your life. 🇺🇸

    • Reply Kalebra June 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you Erica. 😊

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