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Life in the dark. Jerry Pritchett

Unlike some of my schoolmates, we did have electricity on our farm, and running water at least to the kitchen sink. Our overhead lights, a few outlets for the fan or radio, and a small refrigerator were the only things powered in the house. When night came and the lights were out, the only sound inside was the occasional light hum of the small refrigerator. Living over a mile from the nearest neighbor made the hushed still of the night quite palpable. The greatest interruption of that silence, deep in the night, came from nature – calling to mates, hunting for prey, or singing about the joys of being alive in the short time between birth and death. After a rain, the frogs would sing so loudly it was akin to hearing a deafening symphony orchestra, right outside the window. On other summer nights, the cicadas in the elm tree outside my window sang shrilly with an ebb and flow, as was their nature. Owls hooting, coyotes singing, and cattle lowing, rounded out a that lullaby that rocked a country boy to sleep, more pleasantly than any music produced by man. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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