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R. showed his family and friends the somber and reflective dimensions of a dreamer. There were few dreamers in Dyess. The practical Cash family never spoke about dreams, nor is it likely they even used the word itself. But J. R. didn’t need to. In his teenage years, dreams made him conspicuous among his peers, his mind off in a distant place that nobody could fathom. J. Henson. “And it seemed like Guilt 27 he was going somewhere. He was on a journey. R. had fun too, and it was often mischievous: fisticuffs with pals in the school yard and playing practical jokes on schoolmates.
Had fun too, and it was often mischievous: fisticuffs with pals in the school yard and playing practical jokes on schoolmates. A friend named Harvey Clanton deeply influenced that playful side, just as Roy encouraged music and Jack inspired religiosity. Pictures of Clanton show a boy who resembles George McFarland’s “Spanky” from the Our Gang films, only Clanton appears more cunning than the celluloid rascal. R. ever had, he was the best friend,” says Stansbury. R. R. and Clanton were among the most troublesome boys in a history class; their one goal seemed to be harassing the teacher over his interest in a pretty female student.
Well, they were boys,” he says. “And they were going through puberty, you know. . R. would inexplicably go quiet. Sister Louise, on visits back to help with the cotton crop, observed it: “When we’d be picking or chopping alongside each other, if I asked him something, very often he wouldn’t even answer me. ” What far-removed visions flashed in his mind as Louise studied him? When he finished hoeing a row, mustering the resolve for another, did he stare down the line of green cotton plants and see a runway that would lift him away?