Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – The Sinful Suitcase and the Common-Law Cows by author Linda Bethea


To finish the Blog Sitting series that has been so much fun for me as a spectator and I suspect from the comments for you… here is Linda Bethea another talented writer and someone is welcome here anytime with her stories…

Linda Bethea brings humour to her stories that are usually set in what was a dire time in American history in the great depression. There is no doubt in my mind that Southerners are tough, resilient and have an amazing sense of fun.


Here is Linda with a little bit about herself.

Now that I’m done with the bothersome business of workday world, I am free to pursue my passion, capturing the stories I’ve loved all my life. The ones you’ll read on my blog are good old Southern stories, a real pleasure to relay. Here in the South, we are proud of our wacky folks. I’ve preyed shamelessly on my family, living and dead, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, often changing the names to protect the innocent and not so innocent.

My mother illustrates my blog. I come from a rollicking family of nuts, hence the name of the blog Nutsrok Enjoy.

Linda has captured the essence of her family history in her book published last year which has received thirty reviews so far.

Here is Linda’s post which brings the Blog Sitting Special to a wonderful close and on a high note.

The Sinful Suitcase and the Common-Law Cows by Linda Bethea


Daddy was determined to raise “good girls.” He went out of his way to enforce rules, making up new ones as needed. We knew all along, this was all about him and his determination not to be shamed by “trashy” behavior.Everything was HIS business. One of the most ridiculous instances was over a suitcase.

My eldest sister, age twenty-three, was about to marry. She was a teacher and had already gone beyond the pale by living on her own, moving home to save rent the summer before the wedding, probably the worst budget plan in history. Not realizing it was a moral issue, on the eve of the wedding, her fiancé was to come over to pick up her luggage to facilitate their escape from the wedding reception. He didn’t want his car decorated, so he’d drive his dad’s old car to the church, leaving his own car concealed nearby. Father-in-law would fetch his car after friends gave up and decorated the decoy vehicle.

Daddy hit the ceiling when he heard of the plan to stow the suitcase in the groom’s car the night before the wedding! “Don’t you have any morals? People will think you’ve been living together! That’s just trashy! As long as you live in my house ……… Natter, natter, natter!

Once he got going, he dredged up everything he could think of from any failings in past behavior, the evils of Rock and Roll, dancing, miniskirts, eventually moving on to Mother’s family’s housekeeping, and the time Mother had bounced a check. He conveniently forgot to mention his own siblings’ multiple marriages and misbegotten children.

Tiring of the abuse, when she could break away from the tirade, the bride called the groom and ditched the suitcase plan, in the interest of peace.

A number of years later, a younger sister and her fellow announced their plans to marry. Over the years, she’d amassed a herd of nine cows, I can’t recall the details. At any rate, her beau was a farm-boy and delighted by his bride’s bevy of beautiful cows. I never understood the details but, after clearing the plan with Daddy, the farm-boy came for the cows several days before the wedding. I thought that was the biggest double-standard in history, not understanding the difference between cohabiting with a suitcase and cows.

After all, I’d been told hundreds of times, “Why buy the cow if you can get the milk free?” Much less, nine cows!

©LindaBethea 2017


About Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad by Linda Swain Bethea (Author) with Kathleen Holdaway Swain (Collaborator & Illustrator)

Born to a struggling farm family in the deepest of The Great Depression, Kathleen enjoys a colorful childhood, enhanced by her imagination, love of life, and the encouragement of her family.

She’s determined to build a better life for herself, getting herself into hilarious situations all along the way. Distinguishing herself in school and the community, she never takes her eyes off her goal.

Just as she’s about to get started, she meets Bill, the man who is going to help her on her way. Everything changes. And then changes again. The true story of a remarkable woman who will inspire you, make you laugh, and see life from a new perspective.
Some of the recent reviews for the book.

Beautifully written with detail that guided me through a time that is absolutely intriguing to me. The illustrations only added to the context of the book ensuring you could fully embrace the story in its entirety. Great job Linda!

I will recommend this book to all, who love to read, learn and in same time smile a lot.
I found this book so very interesting, because it is written in such a positive light, even much went on in The Depression Years and many were very poor at money. This book is rich at great memories.

on December 2, 2016

I enjoyed this book so much. I AM 79 YEARS old and remember a lot of the things she went through.

Read all the reviews and BUY the book:

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My thanks to Linda and to all those who have looked after the blog in my absence.  As you will have discovered they are all very talented writers and I hope that you will follow their blogs and buy their books.. Thanks Sally


31 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – The Sinful Suitcase and the Common-Law Cows by author Linda Bethea

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  3. Linda what an amazing post. A real double whammy.. Shocked outrage dissolving into laughter.. Loved the punchline and the title. Full of throwaway elegant light touches in your prose and the delicate handling of the different shades within each of the characters. Excellent read. Thank you.

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