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Mark Atwood
Mark's Stories. Royal and the digging in the pit.
Today's story isn't mine, it's my Grampa's, my dad's dad, Royal Atwood. This story is such a good one, it's compiled into the family history.

At the start of the Great Depression, he was a rural boy who went off to a CCC camp to get work. He was placed in a workgang, digging a pit with shovels and picks, in hard rocky compacted soil. The boss walked away, the other boys on the gang jumped out of the pit, and started playing cards, with one of them serving as a lookout. Royal kept on digging.

The lookout whistled, and all the boys piled back into the pit and resumed digging, just before the boss walked by. Grandpa was sweating and breathing hard, the other boys, not so much.

The boss again walked away, and again all the other boys climb out and go back to their cardgame. A short time later, another whistle, and the boys got back in. And here comes the boss, along with his boss. Again, Royal was sweating and breathing hard, the other boys, not so much.

Royal was ordered up out of the pit. "Any boy who will dig while not being watched, doesn't have to dig in this camp."

And so he was sent over to the carpentry shop, where he started learning the trade that was his for the rest of his life.

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jatg From: jatg Date: July 7th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you going to have a story a day? I hope so. Makes me want to start doing that.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: July 7th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think so, or at least a story each weekday.

I'll probably run out in a month or so, tho.
jatg From: jatg Date: July 7th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nah...I'm sure you got/know more than that.
xenologue From: xenologue Date: July 7th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Very good story. Me likey.
mauser From: mauser Date: July 8th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
What a fantastic story!!
amythis From: amythis Date: July 8th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you read Louis Sachar's Holes? A good movie, too.
xenologue From: xenologue Date: July 8th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

I know this is slightly off topic, but when I watched the movie with my best friend, my sister and her partner, my sister's partner declared partway through the movie, "This is the best movie about holes I've ever seen." It took me a minute but her mischievous expression put us all in stitches.

It was a fun movie. I love Sigourney Weaver.
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