Ms. Bannister begins “What’s on My Mind” by discussing her parents and their upbringing in early 1900s Oklahoma. She then goes on to discuss her own upbringing in several small communities in Oklahoma during the depression. Written in a straightforward style and peppered with anecdotes and colorful stories, “What’s on My Mind” provides the kind of folk charm that is often imitated but can only come from genuine experience.
“When I was young I would listen to stories of how hard times were, and how they lived day by day and of course the Dust Bowl. As I got older and listened to those old stories, I would look around and think we are as poor as they were back then. People of today don’t know about being really poor. Old out door toilets and one big wash tub in the back yard. Everyone had to use the same water, and that was your Saturday night bath. The rest of the time you had a spit bath, that’s washing off in a dishpan with a rag. That was growing up poor, and we were really poor. After mama and daddy courted a while, they went to Rolla, Kansas and got married. My daddy worked on the farm with my mama’s dad. They worked hard trying to make a living. My daddy wasn’t much on working very hard. My mama’s mama died at an early age, and she was big and short. It was probably her heart. They kept her at the house until she died, but while she was sick mama said they had an old dog that howled under her window constantly. When she died, that old dog quite howling.”
About the Author
Donna Bannister began her writing career in high school with a gossip column that used to write in the local newspaper. Other than the four years that she was away at school, she has lived in Wynnewood, OK her entire life. Bannister has opened and run several businesses including a beauty salon, a restaurant and an inn. She is now retired and spends her free time traveling with her friends and writing.
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