Note: y "Papaw Stanton". In the afternoons, he and I would sit under a large el tree in the front yard and he would tell me stories of his life and travels. I remember stories about the West, and about the ocean tides in Florida. He also helped me with my reading between the first and second grade. I had not done well acedemically in the first grade, but with the help of Papaw and my mother that summer, I remember suddenly comprehending the meaning of letters and words. I remember him as a patient grandfather who always took the time to talk with me. He died suddenly at our home one day in 1966 when I was nine years old. After he died, my parents had us go to his room and find something that had belonged to him to keep as a remembrance of him. I found a walking cane that he had whittled. It is very elaborate--it has marbles encased in it, and a snake winding up from the bottom of it. (Vanessa Stanton Butler,2000)
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