Monday, February 16, 2015
Uncle Bill's Deer Stand
Uncle Bill was the black sheep of the family. There's always one in every family that doesn't do things exactly like the family thinks he should do. He was born wild and seemed to want to stay that way. He was excused from the military in World War II because he was needed at home. Dad was already serving so Bill got out of that one.
Uncle Bill seemed to get away with a lot of things that "normal" people wouldn't even think of doing. He did grow up but then again, maybe he didn't. He was a member of the carpenter's union in Kansas City and worked there all his working years.
Uncle Bill taught me penny ante poker, how to catch snakes and how to dress a logger head turtle for eating. He always had a tall tale and disrupted life as I knew it when he came around. He was a force to be reckoned with but like a moth to flame when Uncle Bill came, I could not stay away. Oh, the adventures we had!
My first swamp rabbit hunt was with Uncle Bill. I got to handle my dog and carry the rabbits. When we had our limit, we stopped at a well worn house and gave the elderly lady that answered the door our mess of rabbits. It was no one Uncle Bill knew. She was grateful and so was I. Cleaning game with Uncle Bill always meant there would be more innards and fur on me when we finished than there seemed to be on the animal from the start.
He was an avid fisherman. When snagging season was in it was not unusual for him to show up with two or three forty to a hundred pound spoon bill catfish, a nice boneless catfish.
In his retired years he was a die hard Kansas City Chief fan. Unbelievably devoted he and Sharon tried to get tickets for every home game. They rarely won but Uncle Bill and Sharon never gave up hope. The next season was gonna be The Winning Season.
Today as I stood looking at this tree and remembering the dynamo that was Uncle Bill, I said, "They finally won! I wish you coulda seen it." I think this place and this time I said good bye to Uncle Bill. I also wondered if he was playing poker with angels or bluffing with the devil. Either place I'm sure Uncle Bill was in charge or causing trouble.