The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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V.D.A had a family so large that, nowadays, they would have their own reality show.  The necessitate feeding this many people, her grandparents on both sides owned farms. During the summertime, her family would travel south to spend time on the farms, partly to get away from the city, and partly to help out around the place.
V and her cousins used to get into all kinds of mischief, which they usually got caught for. In hindsight, V realized that she used to make her grandmother work much harder because of the fun she had.

The vines coiled from post to post, the grape leaves shading them from the Virginia sun. The air was filled with the smell of loose soil and muffled laughter as the three cousins sat picking their grapes. They had been told time and time again by their grandmother not to go into the vineyard, or the melon patch, or the pigpen. Today they had done all three.

V reached her hand up, snatching another handful of dirty grapes from the vine. Her cousins lay around her, heads pillowed by mounds of hand dug dirt, faces sticky with dried watermelon juice.

“I can’t believe you rode that pig so long!” Her little cousin said as she plucked a handful.

“I keep saying, you gotta get as high on the fence as you can.” The boy beside them said, reaching up.

“Grandma’s still gonna kill you when she sees how dirty you are.” V said, goading him.

V watched his hand come down, languidly. Until she heard the hissing.

“AHH!” The boy shrieked, throwing the serpent to the side, directly onto his sister. V watched, stunned, as the bright green snake reared up, pink tongue flicking in and out curiously. The boy was gone before his sister could even react. “Snake!” V could just barely hear him yell as his sister followed suit, tossing the snake and sprinting from the patch. V was close behind, uncertain if the venom from the snake would be worse than the scolding from their grandmother.

Grapes and Snakes are Almost the Same

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Summertime in the '50s
Virginia

V.D.A had a family so large that, nowadays, they would have their own reality show. The necessitate feeding this many people, her grandparents on both sides owned farms. During the summertime, her family would travel south to spend time on the farms, partly to get away from the city, and partly to help out around the place.
V and her cousins used to get into all kinds of mischief, which they usually got caught for. In hindsight, V realized that she used to make her grandmother work much harder because of the fun she had.

Recorded by Robert Mulry on October 24, 2017
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