Many years ago, an evil talking a very, very long time ago, I used To go to the Old Folks Homes around town in Sweetwater, Texas with a Christian Group from Our Church. And we took gifts and took the time to talk to all of those Old Farts. And now, I’m an Old Fart. So, I don’t mind calling those back then Old Farts. Lol
But in amongst all the O F’s was this one that was pushing 110 years Old. And it was a woman. And for whatever reason, the lady alway perked-up when she saw me and I always went and sat by her and held her hand as she told me lots of the strangest stories that you wouldn’t find in any book. Such incredible tales she could tell. But you wouldn’t guess it as none if them were ever sitting close to each other and talking. They seemed to be just sitting there and waiting for the Death Angel to visit them.
Button this one day, the woman began talking about Comets she had seen and here’s the one in 1871 she discussed-
A chromolithograph of the great comet of 1881 by Trouvelot (Image credit: E.L. Trouvelot/NYPL)
Halley’s comet will next appear in the night sky in the year 2062. It orbits the sun every 75-76 years, so this is the time between appearances. Halley’s comet was recorded by Edmund Halley in 1682. It was seen again in 1758, 1835, 1910, and 1986.
But the Great Comet of 1881 wasn’t the one she really talked about. No. It was Halley’s Comet.
And she said when it came by, it was a gateway for all the List Souls flying around here on earth. And when it came by, it pulled the Souls away from Earth and dropped them off in Heaven as it went by Heaven. And the woman really believed it. And I enjoyed the tales and then one day, another Old Fart walked over and grabbed my hand and slung it down and then said-
What’s your Problem Boy? You gots a Love for them Black People?
She’s BLACK BOY! SHE’S BLACK!
But you know what? I stood up and told the Old Fart-
I don’t care if She is black, she’s my friend.
And the whole place dropped whatever they were doing and I was knee deep in eyes glued on my butt. And I could feel both Warmth and Hate hitting me at the same time. Such a strange feeling.
Don’t worry bout him, he just a Klansman done lost his teeth. He ain’t got no more bite unless’um you gives it to him. Now, sit back down.
And the Old Fart walked away obviously angered when I sat back down. Me White. Her Black. And an Old Fart Klansman walking away all pissed-off.
And if you want to learn what she told me, you’ll find out And lots of her Tales in A Panther’s Father Book Series