By Bill O'Reilly
Then it occurred. at some point I blurted out a few dumb comment, and sister lurana was once on me like a panther. Her black behavior blocked out all distractions as she leaned down, appeared me within the eye, and uttered phrases i have not forgotten: " William, you're a daring clean piece of humanity"...
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Waterhill’s ser mon to wait through. Mr. Waterhill had a ten dency to go long. “Now let’s all turn to the Book of Pr overbs…” Robert and I looked at each other with raised eye brows. We hated Proverbs. We’d had our first expe rience with this meanspirited book one Sat urday when I was se ven. 38 The Good Eater ***** We’d just got ten home fr om church when we were to ld to march into the family room. Dad was going to read to us from the Bible. “Today I’m going to read t o you boys from Prov erbs.
Rick had found him self a job. He’d started out wash ing dishes but had already worked his w ay up to assis tant cook. He’d explored Yellowstone and done some thing called “hot poddin” at a place in the park called Firehole—I think this meant he’d soaked in the hot springs. “Well, everyone say good-bye to yo ur brother, we need to be getting on the road. ” 56 The Good Eater We all got up from the cots. Ro bin, only six years old, walked over to the mini-fridge opened it. All eyes turned to the con tents of the fridge.
Grandma’s got a late din ner waiting for us—let ting a mouthwatering table full of food get cold, now that’s a real sin. “You see breth ren, Satan is wait ing for you to slip up, to take your eye off the Lord and His teach ings so that h e may enter your hearts and minds. You must be wary, for Satan knows his days are numbered. ” This idea used to scare the hel l out of me, used to keep me awake at night, until I did a lit tle experiment in sec ond grade. ***** Robert and I s hared a room. We slept in bunk beds; I w as on top because Robert was afraid of heights.
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill O'Reilly