T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
How his uncle educated him about ignorance and inspired him to stay on the honor roll
Arthur Kenneth Lee by Doug Mungin, 2015.
ARTHUR KENNETH LEE: Man, there's so many memories. There were times . . . My happiest times was riding horses and going to help with butchers on the weekend. We'd go pen cows and run cattle. Everybody had cattle, just about a cow or two, and they would kind of run wild there. There wasn’t any pound [impoundment] pen laws back then. And cows was at large and we would go get them and brand them . . .

DOUGLAS MUNGIN: What's pound pen laws?

LEE: . . . in the spring. You know where . . . they was . . . stock was running at large back on the bayou. We'd get together and go pen them up. Uncles and cousins and all had animals, and whoever's cow or calf was on the brand, they would brand them with that then with the brand that the mama cow had. It was great to have that kind of freedom and adventure. They would work you and you'd complain about . . . I had an uncle that ran a farm, and we would work and my brother, my uncles, and all the boys would work on the farm. He said, they told us they was educating us about ignorance. At the time, you know, you’re six, seven years old, you're doing things and you’re really not grasping what they're trying to tell you. Then later on in life you catch on to what they're saying about educating you about ignorance: that if you don't get a good education, that you going to have to work hard all your life and you don't want to do that. Once you realize what they was trying to tell you, you kind of went back to school and stayed on the honor roll.
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