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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Granddaddy’s good memory paid off

Posted Oct 7, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Granddaddy was a man with a good memory and everyone in the family knew it.
While he was enjoying liquor and drunkenness, his children picked over a bale of cotton each day, which was weighed by a man Granddaddy hired in the cotton-picking season. After weighing a bale of cotton, the hired employee stopped for the day. He was tired. The reason Daddy and his sisters and brothers worked hard, while Granddaddy was drinking liquor, was that, when he sobered up, his mind was clear, and he knew exactly how much cotton should have been picked. Not once, I’m told, did Daddy and his sisters and brothers slack off work, while Granddaddy was on his liquor binges.

It was Granddaddy’s memory that enabled him to drink liquor, during harvest seasons, only, and keep his family harvesting his crops.

To keep from being taken advantage of, while drunk, liquor-drinking, men should have a good memory, when they sober up, and, therefore, resume all their responsibilities without making a mistake.

Any man who cannot do this should not drink any liquor, beer, or wine, for he is not fit to be a spouse nor a father.

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