The Cracker Queen - Lauretta Hannon  

  A Memoir of  a Jagged, Joyful Life

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Mama passed a cotton field on the way to the abortionist and smiled. The field brought back the happy memory of being seven and picking cotton all night long under a bright full moon--the shiny white bolls glowed and sparkled, turning the field into a wonderland. For just a few seconds it comforted her, took her away from the desert of pain inside her. I know because I was inside her.

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