My Thumb Leads The Way
Sam was due for a new beginning. He had been feeling lost since his parents died. He tried staying with his married sister but he thought that her husband was a jerk. His frequent fights with his sister's husband about one thing or another were troubling his sister because she loved him and babied him more than she should. Those fights were even causing problems between his sister and her husband who thought Sam needed to get a job and get out and move to his own place. Jill thought that her brother needed more time to find himself. She would slip Sam money even though she was 100% wrong to go behind her husband's back.
In his own way, Bruce would try to help Sam by offering him a job at the factory where he was the foreman. Bruce, by his own admission, was a little bit harder on Sam than he was on the other men and that somehow peeved Sam off. He felt powerless because Bruce would put him down in front of the other men. This came to his head one night while Jill was cooking supper. Bruce and Sam started arguing and Jill tried to diffuse the situation. But she stayed out of it even when he called her brother a "bum" which made Jill mad because she thought that her husband was being unfair and cruel to Sam.
It ended up with Sam going outside before the punches were thrown. Jill gave Bruce the silent treatment and Bruce didn't care because it was his house and if Sam couldn't abide by the rules then he needed to go. Jill thought that was unfair of her husband to do that. Sam came in and apologized to Bruce even though he felt like he did nothing wrong. Bruce realized that he was a little rough but he felt like it was for Sam's own good and to give him some backbone. They all sat down and ate supper. It wasn't easy though. There was peace at the supper table. Sam went into his room. He got some sleep and he was up at 5:00am ready to go to work and he waited by the truck ready to go to the factory. Bruce grew a little more tolerant of Sam because he worked hard and he did more than the other men and they started to take notice. He was the first to go in and the last to leave.
Sam cashed his paychecks and after giving Jill rent money and groceries, he put the rest of it aside because he was preparing to go someplace else to start fresh. He had quietly put in his 2 week notice and he asked the personnel supervisor to keep it quiet. He decided to leave because he figured that would do the best for all the concerned. He and Jill talked about it and he mentioned to her that he was leaving so that her husband could get his house back. Jill didn't want him to go but he was a man and he had to make his own way and not have Jill hold his hand.
On the day Sam set out to leave, Jill gave him a few more dollars to help him out and she made him a good lunch. He took to the road in the early morning. Sam was on that lonely stretch of road and he had his thumb leading the way. He was out there all morning and Jill was worried about him. She was about to go out to go in her car and bring her brother back home but she needed to let Sam go and try his wings anyway.
Sam got a ride to the next town. It was an old farmer and his wife going to the town. They saw Sam and took pity on him because he reminded them of their dead son killed over in Vietnam. Myrtle and Jeb were farmers that planted Peaches and Tobacco. They made a good living but harvest was just about over. They took Sam in on their way to the town to pick up supplies. The owner of the feed store needed someone to help him out for a few weeks; Sam needed a job in the worse way. So, the owner took pity on him and hired him to start the next morning. After they were finished with their business in town, Myrtle and Jeb took Sam home. Myrtle fixed Lunch and boy Sam was hungry. She fixed fried Chicken Sandwiches and Tomato and Cucumbers, fresh stewed corn and Peach cobbler for dessert. Sam ate until he was as full as a tick.
After that wonderful lunch, Jeb went to milk the cow, collect eggs from the laying hens, and feed the pigs and walk and feed and water the one horse called Sassy Sue. She was a gentle spitfire and she took to Sam right away. Later on, with Jeb's permission, he called Jill and Bruce to let them know that he was fine and he had a job and a place to stay. Jill breathed a sigh of relief because her brother was safe and sound.