More than a sign

I remember sitting outside next to the NAPA store in Campbell one day around 2001 as I watched an elderly woman help her husband into the bank. 

Knowing he had little time to live due to a recent diagnosis of cancer, I wondered what he was up to.

After a few moments they made their way out and began to cross the road over to me. I knew these folks. Lou and Curt Marchbanks.

Originally from Bragg City, Missouri, but now lived outside of town on a ridge called Crowleys Ridge. For years they farmed that piece of land and worked hard. They had a large family.

I noticed he was carrying a sign as they crossed the street.

As he sat down in the chair he handed me the sign and said, “It’s yours.” 

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