No Name No More

  • CHAPTER 1

  • Road to Recovery

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    Dad

    “Sure you’ll be hoke?”

  • Bobby Byington

    Dad asked.

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  • He and Mom, for the first time I can remember, were going grocery shopping together.

  • Now that Dad had stopped drinking, everything changed.

  • Well, not everything.

  • At least not right away.

  • Dad was still nervous and fidgety, and I knew it was not easy for him— staying away from the bottle.

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    Dad

    “You sure you’re hoke by yourself?”

  • Bobby Byington

    Dad asked.

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    Bobby

    “Thanks for asking, Dad.

  • I’ll be fine.

  • Take your time and bring something good home for supper,”

  • Bobby Byington

    I said, spinning my new leather basketball on the fingers of my left hand.

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  • Yeah, it’s a little show-offy, but I’d rather Mom and Dad laugh when they think of me, instead of worry.

  • A month has passed since I drove my friend’s car through a metal fence and into Lake Thunderbird, almost drowning.

  • As I lay in my hospital bed, with burning lungs and unable to talk, I had thought of “No Name,” the old Choctaw story.

  • Coach Robison, himself a Choctaw, had told me the story to give me hope in dealing with my dad.

  • Bobby Byington

    The boy in the story is a good kid, but he doesn’t excel at anything.

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