Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2015 - (Page 40)
THROWING MY LOOP
BY MICHAEL JOHNSON
Like most people in small towns
do, I go to an early breakfast in the
mornings. At the local coffee shop, you
can learn all the news there is to know.
You can ask the old cowboys anything
about everything. The only thing you can't
do is tell them anything.
I've done that all my life. I went to
breakfast with my daddy when I was a boy,
and I enjoyed the times we had. As a small
child, I sat by my father and listened as the
men talked about horses, who roped well
last weekend and why, and the price of
cattle. I listened to them talk about
the droughts in their lives and the hardships
they lived through. I heard jokes I wasn't
supposed to hear and I heard stories about
the depression, and on rare occasions,
about the war - though they didn't say
much about the war. When I asked my
daddy why they didn't tell more war stories,
he said, "Too many memories, I guess."
Even at that young age, I knew not to speak
of that again. Most of the time though,
there was laughter back
then. My dad and I always seemed to be in
a good mood when we left. Lately, when I
go to breakfast, that feeling is slipping away.
I've noticed the topics and conversation tend
to drift in different directions these days.
There's less laughter now.
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LIKE MOST PEOPLE
IN SMALL TOWNS DO, I GO
TO AN EARLY BREAKFAST
IN THE MORNINGS. AT THE
LOCAL COFFEE SHOP, YOU
CAN LEARN ALL THE NEWS
THERE IS TO KNOW.
SECOND QUARTER 2015
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2015
From The President
State Specialists Lead Efforts to Protect Community Drinking Water
Energy Efficiency 101
Assisting Utilities through Sustainable Management Initiative
Technology Update: Cyber Threats Not Limited to Large Retailers and Health Insurers
The Rural Water Loan Fund
USDA Rural Development
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2015