The way Sherman told it, he was born before the first big war and grew up in the desert southwest. Home was on a piece of land that may have once been — or at some time wanted to be — a farm. But like most of the area it was dry, hard dirt and scraggly, if not dead, trees and brush. A house of rough, weather-beaten boards offered little protection from the sun, wind or rain.
As the oldest of four, Sherman knew his role. He watched out for the
others — like the day they came home from school and found the note on
the kitchen table. It was from their mom. It said she loved them but
that she had to go away. She told them to watch out for each other and
listen to their father. It said they would be okay. Years later, Sherman
would learn she had run off with the preacher, causing a distancing
from God that lasted most of his lifetime.
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