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By Donna Flood
Chapter 5 -
New Words

Weldon was learning new words.  Piers, port, wharfs, docks and jetty became common to him.  His grandfather Joe, ever the fisherman, loved to take him out on the jetty to fish.  The fishermen in the family talked for many years about how they enjoyed fishing off the jetty.  (For your information).

Matamoros was a fun word, too, and that held all kinds of different adventures for the boy and his family.  Bertha loved to go across the border to shop that town in  Mexico, until one time the border guards were not going to let her back into the U.S. because they thought she was Mexican.  Dean made calls to Pawhuska and the agency there,  so they could verify his wife was of the Osage tribe.  On that particular visit Dean had thrown out a bunch of small coins he always jingled in his pocket to the street urchins.  That careless act nearly caused a riot.  People poured out of the small houses hastily erected to provide for the influx of Mexican people who were there to work jobs while Brownsville was in a kind of economic state of progress. The Mexican police had to lead the Jones family out of the explosive situation.  After those two happenings Bertha no longer was interested enough  to shop in Mexico.  Instead, she busied herself with the preserving of the cheap abundant food. They hired a Mexican woman to help Bell and Bertha,  and their work progressed. By the time they were ready to leave a trailer was bought to pull behind the car because there were so many canned jars of food.

Weldon always was dashing in and out of the kitchen or playing with the children of  the Mexican woman .  Dean made friends with the man who owned the airport.  This turned out badly later,  when he came to visit them in Oklahoma.  No one dreamed Nanny would run and bounce over his Cadillac to make tiny marks where her hooves chipped the paint.  Nanny’s fun cost Dean a new paint job in order to placate the man, which was no more than right. This year, circa, 1934, was the last year they wintered in Brownsville.

Weldon had learned new words about the Brownsville area but this gentleman from there,  probably,  had some  words of his own to express his anger with Nanny that day.

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