Still Here by Florinda Evans


Written by Florinda Evans

I was just sitting here thinking about my life. It's a lot to think about because I've been around a long time. I never thought I would live this long, but here I am, still here. “Still amongst the living” (chuckle) as the saying goes. I have seen and heard so much in my lifetime. I 'recon I probably could have wrote a book—it would have made for some interesting reading.

I was born in Meridian, Mississippi on November 10th, 1912. I come from a family of six: My name is Jacob, but most folks just call me Jake. I worked all my life until I could't' t work no more, till “Old Arthur” set up in my bones and made it too painful for me to do much good. But I'm not complaining, because the Lord has been good to me!

I've been blessed with two wives, both of them special in their own way. My first wife, Sarah, died after us being married for only 5 years. She was as sweet pie, beautiful, quiet, and soft-spoken. We didn't have any children, although we tried. In fact, that's what killed her. She was in her fourth month, and lost the baby and her life. It darn near broke my heart and I was in pretty bad shape for awhile (sniffle). Yeah..

One day, years later, while visiting relatives, I, I was introduced to a woman named Jessie from up North. At first, (chuckle) (chuckle) she kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I had never met a woman from up North before, and they had some different kind of ways, so to speak. Anyway, it seemed like I kept running into Jessie from time to time-- at the store, church and other folks' houses, and before you know it, she was always on my mind. One day, with flowers and candy in hand, I went to her house where she was staying with her kinfolks, got down on one knee and asked for her for her hand in marriage. I darn near fainted (chuckle) when she said, “yes”. (cough) (wheezing) Now she was the total opposite of my first wife Sarah. While Sarah was somewhat shy, Jessie, on the other hand, (chuckle) was a “spitfire” and didn't mind speaking exactly what was on her mind, no, (chuckle) Ah Huh not at all (chuckle) (cough) . . .