#30 The Confessor of Littlefield: Formative Associations

While John left for military service, Bill continued working for Hiram into the Fall of 1960. Hiram was voting for Kennedy, Rita was voting for Nixon. Bill didn’t like either, but would eagerly listen to Hiram refer to Rita as the woman with the “Republican cloth coat.” The future in “For the Future,” said Hiram,…

#29 The Confessor of Littlefield: In the Service of Little Men

John advanced in the army corps through three years and became a second lieutenant in an army guerrilla training unit in VietNam, until he was discharged in September of 1963. When John came back from the fighting he wasn’t quite right, his mother confided to her friends. He rarely talked, answering only when spoken to….

#28 The Confessor of Littlefield: The Communist and the Evangelical

A year after Bill quit school to work as a farm hand full time Hiram asked him to help John out in the salvage yard on Sundays. John expostulated on world affairs and the opinions of pundits on the evening news, while Bill’s mind wandered on rhyming phonemes. Occasionally, Bill would listen enough to point…

#27 The Confessor of Littlefield: In the Headlights

A Drive In Theater was erected across the street from the salvage yard in the Spring of 1948, the same year the Hapflik’s moved to Littlefield. In the early 1950’s, on warm nights Bill would walk the mile and half to the Drive In and slip through a fence in the far back corner. After…

#26 The Confessor of Littlefield: From Out Of Town

Virgie was at the annual town rummage sale, looking for clothes for Bill when she struck up a conversation with a tall black haired woman with fierce eyes and strong shoulders. The woman lifted a 75 lb table with the ease of a man and the smiling grace of a mother and said, “this isn’t…

#25 The Confessor of Littlefield: Passing Hands

Passing Hands Hiram Hapflik was a stocky 5’8” and 180 lbs,, with his dark ginger hair cropped short in a crew cut. Summer or Winter, he wore the same blue long sleeve work shirts and blue jeans; shirt sleeves folded to the elbows, and the pants, which he would buy extra long, given a two…

#22 The Confessor of Littlefield: the Nature of the Nest

Bill realized he was dismissive as a social creature, and that his appearance affected others: the dirty clothes and curled lip. But it still bothered him that his limp pissed some people off. Once in a while he noticed the curled lip in a mirror and would try to tame it in an effort to…

#21 The Confessor of Littlefield: The Two Smokers

The Two Smokers Calvin Dyme Jr. inherited his father’s small dairy farm as well as his evangelism, and some day Calvin Dyme III would take over his father’s farm, as well as his evangelism. Next morning, while Bill was smoking a joint and drinking a cup of coffee he saw Cal Jr. pull into the…