Gettin’ Out of The Ditch
Grandpa had twin mules, Nell and Pearl. They were good mules and didn't mind hard work. But if they got spooked, watch out! They'd take off runnin!
Daddy often helped do the plowin'. One day he was walkin' behind Nell and Pearl plowin' the field. A storm came up and a clap of thunder spooked 'em. Nell and Pearl took off runnin' with Daddy hangin’ on as best he could. When they got to the ditch, Nell and Pearl came to a dead stop. Daddy kept goin’ and landed down in the ditch. He was knee deep in slimy ditch water that had been there since the last storm. It was hard for him to climb out 'cause his feet kept gettin’ tangled in the weeds, and the briers latched onto his clothes.
The storm was gettin’ worse and worse. Daddy was scared he was gonna’ get struck by lightin’ standin’ in all that water. All of a sudden he realizes that Nell and Pearl are still there. Daddy saw the reins danglin’ down. He grabbed hold of ‘em and yelled, “Giddy-up!” Nell and Pearl started movin’ backwards pullin’ Daddy up the slick muddy side of the ditch. By that time, the storm had moved on and Daddy led Nell and Pearl back to the barn.
We don't know what kind of briers we're gonna get into in life. Thank God that sometimes the solution is right in front of us.