Chicken Run

The sun is masked by a pall of southern Oklahoma dust as high winds blew throughout the entire day.
The sun is masked by a pall of southern Oklahoma dust as high winds blew throughout the entire day.
Since I don't eat meat, I enjoyed some of KFC's side dishes.
Since I don't eat meat, I enjoyed some of KFC's side dishes.

Abby and I spent the day in her hometown, Ryan, Oklahoma, today. As we sometimes do, we bought chicken and side dishes at KFC in Duncan, 35 miles away, and brought it for the family. We gathered at the home of Abby’s father’s widow Ethel, who is always glad to see us.

Abby, Ethel and Abby's sister Gail exchanged Christmas gifts after lunch.
Abby, Ethel and Abby's sister Gail exchanged Christmas gifts after lunch.

As the day progressed, we were inundated by a fierce wind storm, and the dust in the air reminded me of late winter or early spring days growing up in Lawton, Oklahoma, 70 miles to the northwest.

It was quite cold and still yesterday, and quite warm and windy today, and when the weather changes harshly like this, it seems to make Abby’s rheumatoid disease flare. I would like to read up on the effects of weather changes on arthritis sufferers, though as it stands now, I can tell you that it is a very real occurrence.

This is Ethel's dog Winnie.
This is Ethel's dog Winnie.

By late afternoon we rummaged through some of Abby’s father’s things in the old barn, including some tools he used to create custom engraving on firearms he made. Finding it brought tears to Abby.

We got home after dark, with dust in our hair.

I walked to the end of the south pasture to make this image, the brown sky bringing me back to days growing up in this part of the Sooner state.
I walked to the end of the south pasture to make this image, the brown sky bringing me back to days growing up in this part of the Sooner state.
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3 Comments

  1. I find both the top and bottom images to be spectacular.

    Both show emphasis with depth but in do so in opposite ways and directions.

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  2. Especially the first and last image, but all of them are very “Oklahoma-ish” to me. That is to say, they represent various memories and feelings about life in that state. Well done.

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