Gotta love a man who worries about having too much money.

According to reader Frank McComb, “The Second World War years launched the South into unprecedented changes that could only be dimly perceived.”

So true and one of the characters in Thunder and White Lightning is having a hard time coping.

“Duncan, how much money you got?”

Duncan put down his coffee and checked his pockets. “Two dollars and… seventy-three cents. Why? You wanna borrow some?”

          “Lord no! That’s the problem. I got too much.” Sean sat down in one of the metal chairs on the front porch of their boarding house, put his coffee cup on the floor and breathed out a long, tortured sigh. “I tell you what, this whole money thing is keepin’ me up at night. I just don’t know what to do about it. I always figured if we had enough to pay our property taxes, keep food on the table and clothes on our backs, we were doin’ fine. I worked hard and made enough money to pay my bills. Now we’re doin’ all that and we still got some left over! It’s terrible.”

          Duncan took a breath, but before he could get a word out, Sean was off again. “Every time I try to think it through, my thoughts get all in a knot. It was hard times when I was growin’ up, but it got better. Then I got married and Emma took over worryin’ about the money. All those years you and me was in the moonshine business, we did good. We spent money to make money. Bought the land, paid to get the corn ground, bought the sugar, bought the stills, bought a car or two, paid for the gas and tires, lost a couple of loads, but all in all we made shine, we sold shine and we paid our way. I understand how that worked. But this is totally different.”  


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