On a Childhood in the Wetlands of Arkansas and the Man that was My Father

By CL Bledsoe — NOT ANOTHER TV DAD

A common creation myth is that people were made out of clay and shaped into our present form. I like to think of it as mud. I grew up on a rice farm, and mud was our life. We grew crops in it. We waded through it to tend those crops. Much of the land around us was swamp, and a fixture of my childhood was…