“Uncle Don is quite sick,” cried Mama Hillbilly, one spring morning. “I sure wish I could go see him.”
“We just can’t afford it right now,” said Daddy Hillbilly.
Hillbilly Bob overheard his parents talking. He remembered fond stories Mama Hillbilly told him about his Uncle Don. Uncle Don is Mama Hillbilly’s only brother. He means everything to her. They were very close as children. Uncle Don had to move to the city for work, a few years ago.
Hillbilly Bob remembered seeing Phil the Pilot at the gas station he worked at. He remembered Phil the Pilot saying he would be flying into the city in his private plane the next morning. Hillbilly Bob drove into town and he found Phil the Pilot at the diner, eating his lunch.
“Hello Hillbilly Bob,” said Phil the Pilot, recognizing him. “It is nice to see you again.”
“You as well,” said Hillbilly Bob. “I really don’t want to bother you, but I have a huge favour to ask.”
“Go ahead,” said Phil the Pilot.
“My mother’s brother is quite sick,” explained Hillbilly Bob. “He lives in the city. It would really mean a lot to Mother if she could go see him.”
“You tell your mother to be at the airstrip by 8:00 am and I will get her to the city to see her brother,” said Phil the Pilot. “I will also bring her back here tomorrow evening. I have a delivery to make then.”
“Thank you so much,” said Hillbilly Bob, taking out his wallet. “How much would the flight be?”
“Put your wallet away,” said Phil the Pilot. “Your money is no good here. Besides, I have to fly to the city anyway. It will be nice to have someone to talk to.”
“Well,” said Hillbilly Bob. “Let me at least pay for your lunch.”
“It is already paid for,” said Phil the Pilot.
“How about you come to our house for a good old-fashioned home cooked meal?” asked Hillbilly Bob.
“Okay,” said Phil the Pilot. “You have a deal.”
Hillbilly Bob told went back home and asked his mother to cook the best meatloaf she could and that he had a surprise dinner guest. Mama Hillbilly was thrilled when she found out what her surprise was.
Phil the Pilot became a good family friend. He took Mama Hillbilly into the city several times so she could see her brother and he came to their house often for a home cooked meal.
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