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Is Your Mule for Sale?

by N. Ray Maxie
N. Ray Maxie
This little story came to me several years ago straight from the mouth of an elderly and very prominent Ark-La-Tex area Baptist preacher. He and his wife now enjoy retirement in central Texas. If you are so inclined, search far and wide, but never a more accurate first hand, reliable witness, of these events, could you find. This popular preacher was there. He conducted this woman's funeral service and waited many, many years, until the husband was dead, before he would reveal any details.

Somewhere, decades ago, way out in west Texas, perhaps just past Muleshoe. Or, maybe it was in the vicinity of Spade, Texas. I don't know, I wasn't totally clear on the exact location where it happened. But, this Baptist preacher was conducting the funeral service for a farmer's wife. The place was packed; standing room only as the service proceeded. She had been killed on their farm a couple days previously. There were many friends and family at the service.

It seems that the farmer, one morning, was out plowing a field with his mule. The field wasn't far from their house, so the wife walked out to see how the plowing job was going. As she observed, she became very upset and angry. She claimed that her husband was doing an awfully sloppy, not his best, job. The rows weren't straight as she thought they ought to be. The furrows (middles) were too shallow and the hills (planting beds) not high enough to suit her. The farmer came to the end of a row and stopped to rest the mule for a while as he talked things over with his wife. As they stood there discussing the situation, the wife carelessly moved much, much too close to the mule's rear end. The mule then began to get upset and started kicking like crazy. He kicked the wife in the head and killed her right then and there.

All the songs had been sung; the preaching had been done and a lot of weeping and mourning was taking place The husband was up front, standing near the casket greeting folks. The mourners were coming by offering him their condolences. As the preacher later reported this; a lady would walk by, hug the husband and shake his hand; and as each lady said a few words to console him, the husband would nod and shake his head in the affirmative. But then, when a man would walk by to speak and console him, the husband would shake his head in the negative.

The preacher was naturally curious. So, a few weeks later, after a regular Sunday morning church service, he privately asked the farmer if he would explain those very obvious and opposite reactions that some folk had observed. The farmer replied that the ladies would walk by saying to him what a good, moral, outstanding woman his wife had been. And what good works she had done and that she would be sorely missed by all. To which he wholeheartedly agreed!! He said that as the men walked by, they were asking him if his mule was for sale.

And, I believe it. I don't think Baptist preachers lie, do they?
N. Ray Maxie
piddlinacres@consolidated.net
"Ramblin' Ray"
September 1, 2005
 
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