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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

COUNTRY FRIENDSHIP

J. M. Watkins and Ike Burnnet at Rick's restaurant

Two older men sit over coffee at Rick's restaurant. They meet there almost every morning to talk about any subject that comes into their minds. They banter easily and J. M. declares that Ike is his best buddy after his wife Dottie. Both met later in life in the village of Paint Lick. Their talk with each other seems to have a sense of dimension that is known only to them. Smiles and soft laughs are part of the friendship.

Old sitting bench with rusty metal advertising back; ad is for Rainbo bread. It is in front of Rick's restaurant for "easy" conversation.

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship. ~~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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