Sook: And Ye Shall Find “I’m not too sure about that one, Arly.”
Jimmy and Shirlene’s t welveyear-old son was named Oswald. (Don’t ask; it was a name f rom S h i r l e n e ’s f a m i l y.) H e w a s a go o d k id , t houg h some t i me s mischievous. Occasionally, Oswald asked awkward questions. POINT OF INFORMATION T he m i n i s ter s to o d w it h h i s arms wide, a rapturous look on his upturned face. Fervently he said, “Oh, Lord! Without you, we are but dust!” Young Oswald Sook turned to his mother Shirlene and asked, in a loud whisper, “Mom, what’s butt dust?” Church was pretty much over at that point.
SCHOOL DAZE At dinner, when Shirlene Sook asked lit t le Oswa ld how school went that day, Oswald admitted he’d gotten in some trouble. “Why, what did you do?” asked Jimmy, sternly. “ N o t h i n g , P a ,” c o m p l a i n e d Oswald. “We were learning about how certain foods are better for you than others, and all that. And Miss Ida asked us if anybody knew what the difference was between Roast Beef and Pea Soup. So I put up my hand.” “And what did you say?” asked Shirlene. “I just said, “Heck, anyone can Roast Beef.’” SOUNDS RIGHT Oswald Sook, son of Jimmy and Shirlene, wanted to see the new pirate movie that was showing up in Easton. Shirlene asked how it was rated, so Oswald picked up the paper to check. “Mom, it says here that it’s rated Arrrrr.” Jimmy’s irascible Uncle Hurlock was the oldest member of the cast. He was getting a bit hard of hearing, but his seven decades on the Eastern Shore had g iven h i m a c er t a i n outlook. His Delmarva Three-Kick Rule became a classic.
CLOSE ENOUGH Down to the store, Uncle Hurlock
Tidewater Times April 2018