Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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February 15, 2014

A positive minute: Southern exposure

Coping with a Winter like we’ve had this year, causes me to pause and remember my time in Texas.

To be sure, winter in North Texas can be cold and icy also, but the season is shorter. However, I did spend time in the Coastal Bend area and really enjoyed the weather in Corpus Christi. I remember looking out the window one morning in the middle of the winter season to see a robin flying around. I thought, “Spring is upon us.” Then I realized this may well be where the robins spend their winter.

In 1971, I was invited to go with a minister into Mexico to visit with a pastor and minister at the church. I was excited about the opportunity and gladly accepted the invitation.

We drove over to Del Rio, Texas and crossed over the bridge to Ciada Acuna, Mexico and drove about 25 miles South. We soon arrived at a ranchito which had a population of about 200 people.

We went directly to the pastor’s house. We were greeted by the pastor’s wife who was glad to see us and invited us into their home.

Once I entered the house and observed this “parsonage,” I can tell you that I have not complained about any of the parsonages we have lived in.

The house was built out of adobe brick, river cane roof and a dirt floor. It was a single room with two full size beds, one chest of drawers, a picnic table and a small wood burning stove which the lady prepared the meal on.

Soon after our arrival, the pastor and his four sons arrived from having caught some fish. They cleaned the fish and handed them to his wife and she prepared the fish with a cornmeal breading. After she fried the fish, she then took a couple of green tomatoes and rolled them around in the hot grease, then added some small peppers; when they had browned to her liking she mashed the veggies into a salsa.

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