What a great book! When I started writing what I liked about "Murphy Station," I ended up with over 6,000 words. So now I must pick and choose the most memorable parts of the book to share with you.
This book is fresh off the printing press by someone who grew up in Murphy, just five miles south of Moultrie. If you want to read stories that took place in the 1950s and 1960s set in any small Southern agricultural County, this is the book for you to read.
As Terry states, "This is a story of Murphy Station, not the story. Names have been changed to prevent real people from being charged with actions they did not commit," beginning with Terry Turner becoming the author David Donovan and growing up on the family farm.
He 'fesses up about many of the things little boys do and get away with. Maybe some of his family didn't know about these things until they read his book. He also tells us about getting a spanking:
"We got the lecture again about good boys needing to mind their parents and how it hurt her more to give us the punishment than it hurt us to receive it. Yeah, sure, we believed that! Then we got the spanking. It was for disobeying the general rule against playing with dangerous machinery on the farm."
Does this sound familiar? Maybe we heard it from our parents or we might even have told it to our children.
He shares a story about his first airplane ride. He was bused from Sunset School in Moultrie to Moultrie's airport and climbed aboard a DC-3 and flew to Albany to visit the zoo.
"That afternoon when I climbed aboard the DC-3 for the trip home I walked to my seat with the swagger of John Wayne heading for another mission over enemy territory. I was now an experienced flier. I knew what it meant to be lifted into the air, to see the world from the clouds, and to share the wind with eagles. And this time, I would know how to buckle my own seat belt."
Speaking of clouds, I think all of us have laid down in a grassy field and looked at the clouds, but did we ever describe them as Terry can? "Clouds with their bottoms planed off by some invisible thermo cline would start puffing their bodies like pillows about to pop their seams. They were nature's galleons gliding through an ocean of sky, guns run out and booming."
Another story begins, "Then we heard it, faintly at first, then louder, taa, t-t-taa, t-t-ta ta ta -- the fanfare of Rossini's 'William Tell Overture.' Hooves thundered, pulses quickened. Heroes were coming! The announcer would begin, his voice tense with excitement: 'A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty ...'" I am sure you remember the rest.
Terry also shares something close to heart -- his first kiss. "A gnat could have knocked me over." What imagery!
Stories of fishing, taking a date to Gargano's in Albany and working on a farm keep you entertained from cover to cover.
Jim Soos has the best job in the world for any book lover. He owns Book & More on the courthouse square in historic downtown Moultrie.