Leeks started a train of thought this morning that led to Albert.
Wild leeks were just one of the things I learned about from Albert. You never knew what Albert might show up with. A live paper wasp nest in a paper bag? A roadkill timber rattler! I learned how to skin a snake that night. I remember going to get wild grapes with Albert. I had a bad ankle sprain, and remember the ride on his shoulders. So I must have been pretty young. We lived there in Fayetteville, WV, from when I was about six until age ten. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun with Albert. I have no idea how we connected with him. That old hillbilly (he would have worn the label with honor) didn't seem like someone from my family social circle. I don't even remember his last name. But I sure learned a lot. Most importantly, he played a role in teaching appreciation and wonder of all things, including different people. I hope I said thanks.