“When we would spend the night with Mamaw, Shawn and I would sit up late at night and watch “Chiller Theater” on TV. I was always such a big chicken and didn’t want to watch, so I would hide under the covers on the couch. Mamaw would then shoo us into bed and the three of us would giggle and tell stories by the light of an eerie green colored night light.
When I was about ten years old, Papaw renovated the apartment above the detached garage next to the old homestead. The double car garage served as Papaw Charlie’s woodworking shop and my uncle Ted’s garage band’s practice studio. Since Ted was just a teenager when I was young, I always liked to listen to his band rehearse. One Halloween, when I was in the third grade, I remember dressing up in my costume, a character from The Planet of the Apes, and standing in the garage door as the band practiced their rendition of CCR’s “Rolling on the River.” To this day, every time I hear that song I think of standing there in my ape costume, wanting to just listen to the music as long as I could.”