Jimbob Essay

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I was born in rural Kentucky and moved to Virginia at about the age of 8. Since Virginia borders Kentucky, my family often made trips back to visit our relatives. When I was 14, sometime around fall break, it was time to go to visit the grandparents and cousins as usual, but my mom was very sick and my dad had to stay and nurse her, so I went alone with my older brother (18). We were there for about a week, and during our stay we heard about the annual Wooly Worm Festival that is held regularly in Beattyville, about an hour away from our grandparents' house. A bunch of people actually get together and race wooly worms every year. Out of curiosity, because it sounded like such a bizarre event, my brother and I decided to drive to the festival and see what it was all about. This decision would ultimately ruin my life. When we arrived there, a bunch of stands were set up where wooly worm vendors attempted to sell us their worms for a couple of bucks. "This here one's really fast, a sure winner" etc. Bullshit like that. They had obviously just picked up the little bastards from nearby trees. Half of them looked diseased and were pooping on each other. While my brother and I were looking about for a nice big wooly worm to enter in the race, one of the tables caught my eye. It was manned by a big scruffy, mean-looking guy, but next to him was the most beautiful young lady I had ever set my 14-year-old eyes on. I couldn't believe it. She had shoulder-length burnt reddish copper hair and freckles across the bridge of her nose, enough to be cute but not too many. Her green eyes were speckled with gold and her smile was to die for… she practically twinkled in the sunlight. God, I was in love. From a distance she saw me gaping at her like a moron, and raised an eyebrow. I cleared my throat and, as not to be even more awkward by turning away, walked up to the table and stammered a bit. "H-how much for a big wooly worm?" The big man gave me a price of five dollars in his intimidating gruff voice. Five dollars was more than the other vendors were charging, but I didn't mind, not if it meant being this close to that girl. I silently handed over the money, all the while making awkward glances at the young goddess in front of me. Before I could say anything, she made an advance, asking me my name and how old I was. I told her, and it turns out her name was Aubrey and she was 16, the daughter of the big mean-looking vender. She seemed excited and said that there weren't many people there around her age, and asked if I wanted to go on a walk. Of course, I agreed. I was ecstatic to have such an opportunity. Aubrey grabbed my arm and led me onto a nearby trail, where we passed into some light shrubbery and onwards onto a notably overgrown forest. As we walked she asked me about school, my family, all those sorts of things. She had such a light, charming voice, like an angel. I mostly listened to her talk, because I didn't have much to say anyway. We exchanged...

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