In the Cotton Patch

My grandparents, Jake and Alma Phillips, were share-croppers during the first years of their marriage. My mother has stories of going out to the field to pick cotton when she was younger. My PaPa was able to pick over 200 lbs. of cotton in one day. My Karkie could pick about 80 lbs. a day. My great-grandmother, who weighed about 90 lbs, could pick as much cotton as my grandfather. They carried long sacks over their shoulders and filled them as they walked along the cotton rows. My mother said that the cotton grew as tall as a man. It doesn’t grow that high around here. I always enjoy seeing cotton growing in the field. It reminds me of my grandparents and great-grandmother. They were very hard working people.