“This Little Light o’Mine”
This here’s Liam. I reckon you all know by now I’m Liam Goodwell. Of the Denton County Missouri, USA Goodwells.
And I s’pose by now I’m liable to be a’callin’ you all friends. I reckon, too, you all know plenty ’bout me and mine and I shore hope I ain’t skeert none o’you away. But seein’ as the good Lord give we Goodwells been a fine and high-mindedly good road in this world, with ad-ventures poppin’ up here and yonder, well, I figured somewhere on down the line, folks might jest find them an amusin’ and inter-estin’ dinner table talk-em’up.
And truth be told, I jest don’t want these here ol’ stories and memories and thoughts and colors and flashes and tweeks and what all to float away like them dandeline puffballs with tick tock time a’passin’.
Shore sounds pre-suptious o’ me, don’t it.
Why, I ain’t nothin’ if I ain’t humble. B
But I digress.
Now, to anybody deignin’ to pay attention to my rattlin’s on, I don’t claim to have me no special powers, ‘ceptin’ maybe my mean fastball. Miss Meadow, down to the school, she’ll tell me a’gin and a’gin how my thinkin’ paths and my word sortin’ is a sight to behold, ‘cept o’course, unless she got her special sight, she’d be a listenary, not a visionary.
Still, ’twas her give me these notebooks this summer, encouragin’ me to write what ever dusted itself ‘cross my thoughts. I hope to heaven she’ll like what I writ here.
If I see fit to let her take a look.
Well, they’s lots of stories left untold, ‘enough to fill the holler out to the back forty, I reckon. Tales still needin’ tyin’ up in a bow, as well.
Looks clear to my mind, I reckon Miss Meadow, she had herself one o’them ul-terior motives. ‘Stead o’ a chore, this here tale tellin’, why, I feelin’ right shore down to my dirty toes in my hand-me-down holey boots this here exercise, it jest might itself be a callin’.
So them yarns needin’ spun? Them endin’s needin’ writ? Well, let’s jest say I ain’t plannin’ on puttin’ down this pencil any time soon.
And I got me ex-trees, besides.
So Miss Meadow, if you’re a readin’ this, if I get up enough gumption to ‘llow you to pee-reuse these pages, I hope I’m a doin’ you proud.
“This Little Light o’Mine? I’m goin’ t’let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”
Amen and amen and durned tootin’.