Slim Randles' Home Country
"It’s a grown-up’s boundin’ delegation to pass
along tips on living to those among us who are less contubationally
Send a link to a friend
[June 09, 2019]
we filtered in for coffee at the Mule Barn truck stop, we were
surprised to see Jim Albertson already there, already drinking
coffee and looking as though he lost his last friend.
It’s so unlike him, because Jim’s job as principal
of our local high school and middle school has been fun for him.
He’s always taken an offbeat, creative approach to his job, and it
is sometimes hilarious. So naturally, when someone’s obviously in
pain, we did the kindest thing and sat down, surrounding him with
coffee and questions.
“Yo Jim,” said Doc. “You look a little down this morning.”
Yes, that was a question and we all knew it.
“Tonight,” Jim said, “is high school graduation.”
“Off to see the world,” Steve added.
“The admiral can’t make it. Sick. In the hospital,” Jim moaned. “You
know the admiral.”
We did. He grew up here before he went to sea. He lives in the
capital city now.
“He was supposed to give the commencement speech tonight,” Jim said.
“I have no one to replace him.”
He looked around. “Any of you want to fill in for him?”
No one. Vigorously no one.
“Not even you, Doc?”
“Not a chance. I just fix them, I don’t speak at them.”
And as the front door of the Mule Barn opened,
allowing in one aging but active cowboy, camp cook and teller of
tales, Steve grinned. “Here’s your answer right here, Jim. We all
looked around as Windy Wilson smiled and came over to join us.
[to top of second
“Windy,” Doc said, “ol’ Jim here
is looking for a speaker at graduation tonight. You’ve talked to
young folks a lot, I know.”
“Sure have. It’s a grown-up’s boundin’ delegation to pass along tips
on living to those among us who are less contubationally
Jim looked over at Windy. “You think you could have a speech ready
by six o’clock tonight, Windy?”
Windy grinned. “Heck, Jim. I’m ready right now!”
We hadn’t figured on attending graduation, but now none of us would
[Text from file received from
Ol' Jimmy Dollar
is Slim Randles' first children's book. The book is for kids
K-3rd grades and is even better when parents read it with children.
Ol' Jimmy Dollar makes for sweet dreams and if you have a dog
even better. Available now on Amazon.