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The Prater's Creek Gazette


 17th Issue Spring 2008

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The Hillbilly Doppler reports: Partly rowdy with a 100% chance of  Raisin Cain.

It's Spring!!

By Irving O. Tarbox


PratersCreekCheerEverywhere you turned that day, there was talk about the coming snowstorm. All of the television and radio stations were trying to out-prognosticate each other. In the nearby towns and cities, people were running to the grocery store to get bread and milk. Of course, not in here in Prater’s Creek, where everybody gets their milk from the family cow and every mama bakes her family’s bread in their wood stove.

Every child in the upstate went to bed too excited to sleep, thinking about being home from school, playing in the snow, and making snowmen. They could taste the sugar and vanilla flavoring in the snow ice cream their mamas would make.

The next morning, three huge snowflakes hit the ground about 6:04 am. “I seen ‘em  hit the ground” Luke Johnson said. “I’s out to milk the cow, and my wife, who was baking loaves of bread, hollered ‘Luke, it’s a snowin’!’ I looked up and shore nuff, three big ol’ flakes hit the ground.”

All of the upstate counties canceled school. People in the upstate of South Carolina aren’t used to driving in these conditions. All three people who have cars here in Prater’s Creek –mostly Yankee transplants who work over in Greenville- had wrecks that morning. Trey Baldwin said “I bent down to pick up my scone and my car slid off the road into a ditch”.

All of the school children ran outside to play. Of course, only three snowflakes had fallen and then it had turned to rain. A heavy rain. So there were great mudball fights. Mud angels were made. Mudmen were built. Those crazy Lynn boys, Ken and his brother Clifford, built a “Jessica Alba” mudwoman. Trash can lids were grabbed and little boys and girls went swooshing down muddy inclines. Everybody will remember the great snowstorm of '08.

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