One day when Susie Mae was hoeing out the yard: She commenced complaining ‘bout her hands a’hurting when she HOE’D, boff th’ yard, an’ th’ garden. I told her that she ort to go see the doctor ‘bout them cause we’uns couldn’t afford fer her to be out of commission, her bein’ one of the best HOE’R’s in the county.
She finally ‘cided to go, and when she come back she said the doctor told her she had corporal tunnel or sumpin’. I told her that it looked like to me lack: She could of at least had Sergeant or Lieutenant, rong; cause that would be more in keeping, with folks of our stature.
He told Susie Mae that she ort to go to the hospital and have her hands cut open an’ fixed. She just ‘bout got on her high horse when he said that, cause she always has been kind of squimish, bout bein’ sliced on. I told her she mought as well go on with hit since I wanted her to be in good shape come Cotton HOE‘ing time, so she finally made up her head to do hit.
Well, we got everything fixed fer her to go, and we driv up to the hospital in the truck. No sooner than we’uns got there this dude come running outten a little house side of the front door and says to me, “Y’all can’t park that thing there.” Susie Mae flew mad and says to him, “I reckon we’uns’ll pay enough fore we’s through here to park anywheres we want to, so there, “Mr Smarty Pants.”
Well, I finally moved the truck off to a field that they had covered with cement, and me and Susie Mae went in. They was a gal settin behint a table with a stack of papers in front of her, and Susie Mae said to her, “I’s come to git my hands fixed.” That gal looked sort of funny and said, “Who sent you?” Susie Mae kind of frowned and said, “Ain’t nobody sent me, Jay Henry driv me in the truck.”
I knowed right off th’ bat that them two won’t a’gonna hit it off, so I told that gal that the doctor were ‘spectin’ us’ens and she took us off to a little room where you sign up fer the hospital. The woman what was signing us up ast Susie Mae who was gonna pay fer all this, and I stepped in and told her that my “Onsurance,” had better pay fer hit , or I’d quit payin my dollar ever week.
Well, we got through signin’ up and they took Susie Mae back to a room and told her to undress. You ort to of seen Susie Mae’s face when they said that. She said, “Why’s I got to take my frock off when all I want is my hands fixed.” They made her, anyhow, and she come out of that room with a real short gown on whot button’d up th’ back. She was havin one more time tryin to hold that thing together an’ keepin’ her butt hid.
Then they made her lay down on a table what had wheels on hit and they pushed her off to the hand fixin’ room, wherever that was. They told me to wait, an’ I set down and started lookin at a old Sears’ catalog. I had just got to th’ page about the women’s teddys when the doctor come in.
He called me over in the corner and told me that he had done only one hand this time cause he didn’t want to fix her so’s she couldn’t do nothing. I told him ‘thankee; for that, cause she had a lot of stove wood to tote in and the washin’ to do.
He said to not let her lift too much, and I told him that; “I had a real light “AXE” that I’d let her use, so’s she won’t hurt herself.”
When they rolled her back in that waiting room, she was pure – tee ‘taking’on,” ’bout how bad her hand hurt, and I told one of them Nuss – Gals to bring her a Asprin. She said, “Oh, no: She had sompin’ back there.” ” Then, I “I axed that Nuss; ifi’n she had, give Susie Mae, a Co – Coler and a square cheese cracker; whot she loves?
Well, I didn’t arguefy wiff her. I kinda figured that with Susie Mae’ bein hefty and all’, another a ‘nother Asprin wont gonna hurt none: But I ‘cided to wait til we’uns got home and give her one.
When we’uns got back to the shack, Susie Mae flew into one handed cooking, and I knew that all she was doin’ were a ’messing up all the dishes she could just so’s I’d have to wash ’em: “I ain’t never seen so much “strewing and ‘be-gumming” in my life, and I finally had to make her go to the front room and set down.
Atter, I got things kinda straitened up, I went in there and purely laid down the law to her. “I told her that when the doctor done her other hand; an’ if she:”
“Took – on, next time,like she had done this – hear time:” “Well-sr: I were a’gonna go off, somers, and won’t a’gonna come back ’til she done got well.”
“They’s jus’ ‘So-Much’; whot I can handle; an’ she had done reached that-thar mark.” Demijon.