Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:07 AM.

My Papa had all of the Foxfire books.

In addition to teaching you how to dress hogs, build log cabins, make cheese and hunt bears, the Foxfire books contained medical advice including how herbs and other things could be used to treat various pains and injuries.

I had watched my Papa spray Lysol on everything from dandruff to fleas; I even assisted him on occasion.  Papa also thought that “soda waters” were medicinal and you should drink at least one per day.  He was partial to Nehi, but admitted Coca-Cola actually was the most potent.

We weren’t “Coke People,” preferring an RC or a Double Cola to a Coke when we wanted something that wasn’t orange, red or purple.  But when things got dicey and you had to go for a sure cure – you pulled the cap off of a bottle of Coca-Cola.  It was more of a medicine that it was a soda water.

The experience with my grandfather, as well as watching various movies and television shows, allows me to diagnose and treat a number of basic illnesses and other things that hinder people on the job.

“Hello, how can I help you?”

“Do you have anything for an upset stomach that I could stop by and pick up?”

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