Wilford Green had three things that caused him to stand out, and one of those things he only recently acquired.
Better known as Willy, he was born with a tuft of bright red hair. And as he grew into adulthood, he became known for his love of practical jokes and being a smart ass.
Half a year ago, Willy began wearing a charcoal gray-fedora style hat he’d found one afternoon. The beaten and battered cover called closer attention to his bushy red mop-top.
Three weeks ago, he mouthed off to Mrs. Pembroke. She was in her yard, on her knees, working in her flower garden.
“While down there…” Willy laughed.
Mrs. Pembroke, a widow of twenty years, did not find humor in his innuendo and made sure Willy knew it.
“Yeah, what ever lady,” he replied.
“I’ll bury you, Wilford Green,” she yelled as he walked away, laughing.
Yesterday, Mr. and Mrs. Breckley were walking their black lab, Tippy, in the park when the dog darted off. Quick to follow, the couple raced after him only to find Tippy sniffing at a gray hat on the ground.
Tippy took it in his teeth, exposing a shock of red hair that jutted from the hard-packed earth.