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Kentucky Color: Great Wooded South Thanksgiving

By Billy Joe Fudge

Growing up in the Great Wooded South, although difficult and challenging in many ways, was most certainly utopian in totality. Usually by Thanksgiving the tobacco was stripped, the smokehouse was heavy ladened with hams, middlings and jowl and leaves were carpeting the woodland floor. On Thanksgiving morning after the milking and chores were done and while my Momma and Ma Fudge were preparing the Thanksgiving feast, if the skies were clear and the frost looked like a light snow then it was time to load up the bird dogs to seek out several coveys of quail that might be feeding on a frigid, late fall morning. However, should it be a cool, damp and drizzling morning, then it was a perfect time to head to the woods with our ol' squirrel dog. I can hear my Dad saying "the squirrels will be sticking tight to the bark today". Of course that meant that the tree up which Brownie was barking would most likely be where the squirrel would be located. In dryer, blustery weather squirrels had a tendency to travel across the tree tops to their favorite hollow tree to hide.

After returning home with the bounty, it was time to either skin the squirrels or clean the quail and put them in saltwater to soak overnight in preparation for breakfast on Sunday morning. Oh and yes, it was now time for Pa Fudge to ask the blessing and chow down on either Turkey and dressing, country ham or floured tenderloin fried brown and tender and all the fixings.

Thankful for the memories, thankful for my family and today's gathering and bounty, and thankful for the blessings of God upon us all, each and every day going forward!

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Kentucky Color: Great Wooded South Thanksgiving

2021-11-26 - Central Kentucky - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Billy Joe writes, "A perfect and very valuable Black Walnut tree of huge proportions that dwarfs the other trees around it. Much the same way that 'Thanksgiving is a perfect and very valuable day that dwarfs the other days around it'!"

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