Literally Letty is a collection of personal and original stories focused on touching each reader's life with stories from the heart. If you are looking for life stories and not the daily news or reality tv drama, then these are the stories and pictures you will enjoy.
In my early childhood
we lived on a golf course in Independence, Kansas. In the spring the land came to life. Lilac and
forsythia bushes surrounded the old clubhouse, filling the air with sweetness
and beauty just perfect for a five year old who loved to sit in the shade to
play. The fence behind the bowling alley and golf shop was overgrown with
creamy yellow honeysuckle and orange hummingbird vines. These vines not only
attracted me, but they invited bees and wasps.
However, it was the catalpa tree that
fascinated me the most because of the long green string beans that dropped from
it. The caddies and I called it a bean tree.
Nearly a child of the
prairie, I discovered that I could suck the honey from the honeysuckle, eat the
tiny yellow weeds, the flowers on the clover, mud pies made from scratch, and
the beans from the bean trees.When no
one was looking I'd open the pod and pop a bean into my mouth.
Then swirled the bean around
on my tongue until I swallowed it, but those beans didn't go to my stomach, instead
they went to my head and stirred up my imagination.
Later, I discovered that they weren't edible beans, they were really
story beans and every bean held a story.
One day I heard a
lot of screaming down by the lake. I ran down and saw the caddies rake a large
black snake out of the lake. Right in front of me they cut open its’
belly.Finding the belly full of golf
balls, I screamed with fear and delight then I reached out to feel the snake’s
insides, and couldn’t wait to tell everyone what I’d seen.
Running uphill and
tearing through the screen door yelling, “Mom, Mom, Mom,” I was met by a stern
look with pursed lips followed by a shushing sound. My mother told me to hush
as the baby was sleeping. That baby sure got a lot of attention, I
So the next day, I
told the nun at school and was greeted with much the same sternness. "How
many times do I have to tell you that the truth is what I want to hear from my
students, not made up stories!"
Very few teachers ever appreciated my
stories, but golfers and fishermen have long been storytellers or fibbers, as my dad often
called some stories. From that time on beans
have been a part of my diet for good health and perhaps just a taste of humor.
So, imagine my delight
as we walked “Amen’s Corner” this year at Augusta National.Oh, but that’s another story.
This story is dedicated to Diana Marie Latta (1945-2011), a teacher friend who loved to hear me tell about the Story Beans, and to Ruth Ann Walenz (2015-) a curious adventurous no-fear young girl.