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INEZ, TOM, AND MEG

STORY GOES, INEZ’S HISTORY OF MULTIPLE, FAILED ATTEMPTS TO CONDUCT A SUCCESSFUL BAT MITZVAH, HAD BECOME COLLATERAL TO REPETITIVE, SYNCHRONIZED APPEARANCES OF THE HOLY MOTHER, DISGUISED AS A 1938 GENERAL ELECTRIC REFRIGERATOR LODGED WITHIN THE FORK OF A TALL PECAN TREE, HER DOOR OPEN, LIGHT ON, AND GIVING SUPPORT TO AN APPROXIMATELY TWENTY POUND SPIRAL CUT, HONEY ROASTED EASTER HAM.

UNLIKE THE OTHER CHILDREN WHO WORKED FOR BRENDA, ALL HAVING THE LAST NAME OF JENKINS, INEZ’S LAST NAME WAS REPORTEDLY MARTINEZ; HER PEOPLE HAVING COME FROM HOLLAND, CLAIMING LAND DURING THE OKLAHOMA LAND RUSH, OPENING A HARDWARE STORE IN WHAT WOULD BECOME THE SMALL TOWN OF ROSEDALE JUST SOUTH OF OKLAHOMA CITY.

AND TO REDUCE AN INEXHAUSTIBLE SAGA TO ITS MOST SALIENT POINTS, INEZ HAD MIGRATED SOUTH, DOWN THROUGH THE ARBUCKLE MOUNTAINS, AND THEN WEST, CROSSING THE OKLAHOMA/ARKANSAS BORDER, INTO WHAT WOULD BECOME HER STATE OF MIND.