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“Grandfather’s John Deere Tractor” Photo by Carson King, age 10, Mathiston, 4-County Electric Power Association member

Things we do in Mississippi

It seems the main thing that mattered to me
Was always trying to climb that big old front yard oak tree.

When watermelon was always dessert
Oh mom, surely just one more piece won’t hurt.

And in the summer we all dreaded working in the garden
I guess that’s why we all tried so hard to be granted a pardon.

Hoe that grass … pick those beans
That’s all we used to hear, it seems.

But to this ole girl, there was only one thing that 
seemed to matter
And that was driving her dad’s big old green and yellow 
John Deere tractor.

True these things were long, long ago
So why then do we still treasure them so?

—Debbie Touchstone, Jayess
Magnolia Electric Power Association member


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