Saturday, August 2, 2008

Part 7.... The Redemation of Ruby Shane

I am renaming my story to, The Redemption of Ruby Shane, instead of the Haunting of Ruby Shane because this is going to be a story of Redemption..

When I got home that night Daddy was passed out in his favorite chair. He had wet himself like did every night. Disgusted, I took an old blanket and covered him up.
Momma had long ago put a plastic sheet over the chair and kept it covered with the oldest blankets we had. She had to wash whatever blanket he had wet that night, and then put a fresh one back on in the morning.
Momma was sitting at the kitchen table with the sewing machine. She had out some fabric I had never seen before.

"Ruby, come in here honey." She whispered to me as soon as she saw me.
I walked quietly in the kitchen not daring to make a sound. If we woke Daddy up there would hell to pay.

"What do you think about this fabric?" Momma was smiling a sweet gentle smile.

The fabric was a beautiful shade of turquoise. It made me think of somewhere tropical. "I love it..But where did you get it?"

Momma took my hand and said, "We are going to the attic. I want to show you something."

Anticipation made my heart beat faster. What on earth did Momma have in the attic? As soon as we entered the attic I saw Momma's trunks pulled out of the eaves and opened. They were filled with every color of material you could imagine, and many different textures. Silks, cottons, tulle, flannel, wool, linen.

I stood with my mouth open. "Momma were did you get all of this?"

She smiled a a quiet smile of satisfaction. "I have been saving any extra money I made for the last 6 months, and buying bolts of fabric that came on sale. I looked for fabric stores that were going out of business and I bought what I could afford."

"But why?" Was all I could mange to say. I was stunned at all the material she had accumulated for seemingly nothing. I knew Momma was a wonderful seamstress but she hadn't sewed in a long time. We were barely making it and had little money for luxuries such as new fabrics.

"Ruby I am going to start making clothes and selling them. And aprons and quilts and whatever else I can make that people want. I am starting with making you a new wardrobe . And as long as I have a talent I can use, I am using it to get us out of this prison we are in. Your Daddy doesn't know about this fabric. If he did he would blow up. He would know I have been holding money out. So don't let it slip."

"But how are you going to pull this off without him finding out?" I looked into her determined green eyes.

"When he is passed out at night." We both laughed then. "I will be careful. But I promise you he will not hit you again and we will escape him. I will save every penny I make and get us out of here."

" When he asks you about the new clothes you will be wearing I will tell him that Aunt Hazel sent money to get you some new things. Aunt Hazel was an aunt Momma made up so when she had extra money Daddy didn't know where it came from.

" Momma, I don't want to complain but new clothes with old shoes don't really look right." I looked at my shabby shoes and felt my face go hot.

"It is alright honey, I thought about that too. She took out her change purse from her apron and took out a crisp new bill. Take this and get you two pairs of shoes. A pair of dress shoes and a pair of tennis shoes."

"How are you doing this Momma?" I was stunned at the new woman before me.

"Determination Ruby. I am getting us out of this mess. I am tired of the poverty eating us from the inside out. Tired of living a life that ain't worth living. I want us to be happy. You and I have never known happiness and it is time. You have to dream baby. Always remember that. My dream has kept me alive. And that dream is going to save us."

Story by Nita Barrow- Zimmerman

to be continued August 10...

Song Tonight, If You Are Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins
1st video, 1st clip

This is not just a love story. It is about Ruby's life and those around her. About how we can achieve anything we want to if we fight long and hard enough for it. It is a story of how powerful the human spirit is..

I had gotten out of posting replies on my site in the past month or two. But from now on I will post a reply to everyone who leaves a comment. Just check back for my reply if you want to.


Mimi said...

Lots of twists and turns...I Love it...

Annette said...

What do I say? it's another great part to "Ruby Shane" and Momma's do just what Ruby's momma does "Babe's always come first no matter what the price is" I use to have to "hide"my money if I ever wanted anything extra. I love the details you add...I could viualize the attick and the chair with the plastic covering on it, Rubys mom is a caring person...she covered up that mean ol'man, washed the blanket he soiled and still gave him a clean one, I would of thrown out side to dry and put it back on him!!! I always look forword to reading about "Ruby Shane" EXCELLENT reading with so much meaning to it.....Love you always

Sally said...

Determination and grit; that's Ruby's mama.

Stopped by to see how you are, and found you'd updated - I love it, Nita. Keep up the good work!!


Donna said...

Just checking on you sweetie! It's HOT here to!! Heat index 110degrees.....Booger that!!! lolol.....Smiling night little girl!!hughugs
I love your writing sweetie!!! Keep going!!!

Maggie Ann said...

What Good reading! I'd like to read more.

Joni said...

I like the turn your story has taken...I believe I'm hooked on Ruby's don't stop now!

I can tell it brings your heart joy to write and I think it's wonderful that you do.

sending you love ~

Mosaic*Queen said...

You are sooooooo Talented!!!!!
Keep up the Great Work!!!!


Joanne Kennedy said...

I love hearing stories about the woman who stands up and fights for herself. I never could understand why a woman would let a man beat her down.

My mom was abused by my step dad. I couldn't for the life me figure out what kept her there. I think because of my upbringing I would NEVER let a man abuse me.

Glad to read the story is taking a turn for the best.


Vickie said...

Nita, I love your story. It makes such good reading. Your package arrived. You are such a sweetheart. I may not get the pics posted right away, but I promptly spread the confetti on my porch!! Girl, I wish I could hug you and say thank you in person.

Love you,

Jann said...

Hi Nita! I've read the latest installations of your story--it's really good! I think writing is good for the soul, don't you? When I write, I feel better somehow. Take good care! Hugs, Jann

Kelly Maria said...

Just now finding your wonderful blog! From what I have read so far... it is so amazing.. such a great story of strength & courage.
Can't wait to find out what is next for Ruby and her mother.
You are truly gifted!
Beautiful Blessings~Kelly Ramsey

hiddenart said...

I'm lovin' this story. Are you writing as you go, or is this something you've had in your head for some time?

I just got back from a family reunion and was greeted by the loveliest mail. :)
Love you,

Nita Jo said...

Nita! I love this latest piece of your story. I feel like I know these people. I love the compassion the mom shows by caring for the father (the blankets...), while also making careful plans to take care of herself and her daughter.

Keep writing. You have a gift for story telling!

the other Nita!

Maria said...

Very intriguing reading...


Nonnie said...

have had company, haven't been in blogland...:0
love this chapter....and the reminder of the need for dreams before things happen.
hugs and prayers,

joan said...

I'll have to start reading this from the beginning. I love a good story. Hope all is well with you.

Susan Tuttle said...

You paint a picture with your writing -- beautiful.


~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Mimi: Thank you dear friend..xoxo Nita

Annette: Babies do come first ..
Or they should. Thank you for the wonderful compliment on my story. I am working on the next chapter.
xoxo Nita

Sally: It is dtermination that gets us through most things in life isn't it?
Thank you Sally..
xoxo Nita

Donna: It was so hot here today I could have fried an egg on the sidewalk! I am ready for cooler weather, but dread Summer ending...
I am glad you like my writing Donna. Your opinion means a lot to me. Love Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Maggie: Thank you! xoxo Nita

Joni: The more I wrote, the more I was determined Ruby would have a redeemed life instead of a haunted one. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. You will never know how much they help.
Love Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Michelle: Thank you. I admire your work greatly.
I just love what you do..
xoxo Nita

Dear Joanne, Sometimes we just get trapped. I don't think anyone ever dreams they will end up in a relationship where they are being abused.

I wanted the reader to see Ruby's hardships so they can see what she has overcome to have a better life.

I am so sorry your Mother went through that.

Sending you love, Nita

Vickie: Don't feel like you even have to post a picture hon.
I am glad you liked it.
And I am glad you like my story.
I hope you are having a good week. I think of you daily.
xoxo Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Jann: I do think writing is good for the soul. Sometimes I have so many stories inside me fighting to get out that my fingers can't write fast enough.
I am glad you like the story dear heart.
xoxo Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Kelly: Thank you for your kind words.
I can't wait for you to read the next chapter.
xoxo Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Amanda: It is a story I have had in my head for awhile.
I have just mulling it over and putting the pieces together.
I am so happy you are back.
I missed you greatly.
Thank you for the compliment on my story dear girl.
love Nita

Nita Jo: I am glad you like that part. You have a compassionate heart.
Thank you for the compliment on my story..
xoxo Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Maria: Thank you.. xoxo Nita

Kimberly: I have busy too. The last few days have been crazy.
I am glad you like the story..
We do have to have a dream to sustain us in this life don't we?
love nita

Joan: I hope you do get to read it from the begining. I thank you for being interested in my story.
xoxo Nita

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Susan: Thank you so much for the beautiful compliment. I hope you are having a great week.
xoxo Nita

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Hi Nita: Just wanted to let you know I got your sweet note and the wonderful packet of hollyhock seeds. You are such a sweetie. Please know that I continue to pray for you and your family. You are a strong and talented lady. I pray the best for you always. --Susan

CIELO said...

If the weak hand, that has recorded this tale, has, by its scenes, beguiled the mourner of one hour of sorrow, or, by its moral, taught him to sustain it - the effort, however humble, has not been vain, nor is the writer unrewarded.
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764

Very beautiful


Patti said...

Wonderful as usual.
I'll be waiting for the next chapter.

Thinking of you my friend.
God Bless You


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