Topic: "Ben McGee" (3)
Frodo is a story tellin' fool, and occasionally he comes upon one that simply tickles his fancy which, if he don't put it down, he will forget, and that would be a shame. In that regard, and with recognition of the source of this story having appeared to Frodo in the book "In Search of Willie Morris," by Larry L. King, Frodo recounts the edited tale of Ben McGee.
Ben McGee was a black man from Texas who died and was met at the Gates of Heaven by the Lord. Reading from the Book of Good Deeds the Lord was truly impressed by the works of this gentle man, and he asked to Ben to return to the earth to continue a bit longer.
"Oh Lord," said Ben McGee, "please don't send me back there. You've never been to Texas. You don't know what it's like!"
"Well Ben," the Lord said, perhaps a bit sternly, "I think you should go back and continue your good work among your people. I would hate to put that in the form of an order, but I need someone in Texas with a good heart."
Ben McGee sighed and said, "Well Lord, if I agree to go back to Texas, will you go with me?"
Ben stood there, silent, while the Lord paused and considered the options. "Well. . . . .," said the Lord, " I'll go as far as Shreveport."
With apologies to all the good people of Mississippi, and gratitude to Merry for making Frodo laugh. LOL, isn't that right?