Quick Thinking

Posted: November 28, 2018 in Friday Fictioneers
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When we heard Yankees shootin pigs over to the Baggerly farm
us kids took to hollerin like the devil was at the back door.
Mama? She straightened her spine and instructed the boys to gather up Daddy’s oil cans.
Told us girls to tie sugar, salt, and flour in paraffin paper and cram the packets inside them cans.
Meanwhile, she poked chickens in flour sacks; hid em in the woods.
When the Yanks arrived, saw oil cans lined up in Mama’s kitchen
and pine pitch stuck in her honey-blonde hair, they declared her crazy and backed out the door.

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  1. Dear Lish,

    Mama was a quick thinker. Good one.



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  2. Great story – great voice. Loved this take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Neat plan, and nice genuine voice.

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  4. granonine says:

    Well, that’s using the old noggin! Smart woman, indeed.

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    I to loved the voice, and where you went with this story

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  6. Survival requires creativity, a very fast feet…

    I really like how you created an entire world in such few words.

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  7. plaridel says:

    lucky… glad they fell for it. 🙂

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  8. Abhijit Ray says:

    Mama knew what she was doing. Yankees went back without getting anything from the house.

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  9. Entertaining story, I loved the voice! 🙂

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  10. Sandra says:

    Loved it! Terrific voice, great imagery

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  11. Jelli says:

    I remember my Grandmother hiding her most valued possessions in the least likely of locations and objects. Oddly, I’ve found myself doing the same thing… there’s some intelligence in that, I think. Loved your story… reminds me of my Gr. Uncle Jesse and his wife Cora… During Sherman’s march through Ohio… Cora took the family milk cow into the forest and deep into the gorge to hide it and herself in a cave/crevice. After Sherman came through, Jesse went to find her and bring her and their prized cow home… their home was burned to the ground, crops burned, and the well destroyed.

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  12. Mama always knows what to do … she done good.
    Isadora 😎

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  13. Innovative and resourceful.
    Wonder what she did with the kids!!!

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  14. 4963andypop says:

    People forget that defeat can mean devastation. Good thing she could think on her feet and escape the worst impulses of the victors.

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  15. Violet Lentz says:

    Excellent write. I love the accent of the dialogue.


  16. Dale says:

    Mama done learned real quick what needs to be done for her family!

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  17. James McEwan says:

    Could be a very true story. Nicely done.

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  18. jillyfunnell says:

    Fantastic voice and a real sense of urgency as they grabbed everything.

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  19. You got the voice perfectly for what I would have thought one from the south would sound. Great story wihich made me smile at its ending.


  20. I love the voice. Reminds me of the stories I heard the old aunts and uncles tell when I was growing up.

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  21. k rawson says:

    Smart thinking! Love the voice.

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  22. Alice Audrey says:

    Crazy as a fox! Nice.

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  23. Crazy can be a great defense in more ways than one.

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  24. Excellent tale of bushwhackers and foraging soldiers. I’ve read several true stories of events such as this here in the Ozarks during the war of northern aggression.
    Mama was wise. Great voice on this piece, Lish.

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  25. That’s one smart mama!

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  26. Laurie Bell says:

    Brave brave women! Fabulous story this!

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  27. Great voice and excellent story!

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