First Sentence Friday – Chapter 5
Despite better economic times, there were still situations where someone might need a little financial help to make ends meet. One practice which has been common and steady throughout time is the ability to buy on credit. Farming is a huge investment no matter the crop, and it’s common practice to take out a loan, then pay it off after a successful harvest. It used to be you could buy on credit from small Mom and Pop type stores, a simple “add it to my account,” comment was as good as the plastic we carry around in our wallets today.
There are other ways of acquiring a loan, maybe from a family member, a close friend – or somebody who, for whatever reason, decides to pitch in and help out. If you’ve ever borrowed outside of bank, or loan company, it can make for an interesting dynamic. In THE FORGIVING KIND, the Creeches have a neighbor by the name of Frank Fowler. He’s rich. His farm is bigger than theirs, and he shows up one day, apparently disturbed by the fact there isn’t any cotton in the fields. He seems genuinely interested in helping.
At the supper table, Mama talked about Mr. Fowler financing our operation, (that was how she put it) and Ross looked ready to hop on the tractor that minute.