the fall some of the village people would have a pig or a steer to kill.
All us kids would be warned to stay away from that home. After the creature
had hung up a couple of days, and was cut up, the men would have two or
three evenings work delivering pieces of meat to all the neighbors.
I remember Uncle Joe coming at night with a parcel of meat and carrying
his candle lantern and of course if it were icy he would have his creepers
A week or two after the killing the evenings would be spent on card playing
and when people play cards in the country for meat, geese, socks, etc.,
they are serious, not fooling. I've been at card parties where I've been
scared to death. When some of those old guys with hands like hams would
hit the jack with the five they would pick up the lamp off the table with
one hand and bring the five down with the other and when the cards and
ash trays were picked up off the floor the game would resume.
This one lady of the village was always good to the kids and asked us
in for a piece of pie or cookies. She was a lovely cook; her pies were
very neat. She would crimp the edges with her false teeth.