Hidden Love: The Story of Many Trees and Little Bird

They came to Texas with nothing but themselves, their nine-week-old son, and an old station wagon containing all their worldly possessions, mostly filled with baby items. They learned to make do with what they had.

The police thought they caught them, but these two were one step ahead. They had to stay one step ahead until she was of age. This meant staying out of sight and possibly being on the run for four years. They knew they could do it, so they did.

They spent over half their first year together hiding five miles from home. With the help of some kind neighbors, they hit the road to find their own niche in the world, a niche named Versa, Texas.

During their time in Versa, the boy and girl mature from two underage teens with a baby, to the owner and operator of one of the largest farms around. Their fortunes began to change with the posting of an ad on a bulletin board at the local grocery store in 1971.

The mother of five and grandmother of seven, Jo M. Russell lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her cat. This is her tenth book.

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What Was I Thinking?

Russell Cover WebWhat Was I thinking? Such a simple question. But with such a complicated answer.

We were two teenagers playing at being grown up. Sure we had unprotected sex. Not that we couldn’t afford a condom. We just believed it couldn’t happen to us, not the first time anyway.e

We got away with it the first time, or so we thought, so we kept on stretching our luck until it snapped back at us. We convinced our parents to let us get married. How, I’m not sure.

Neither of us worked or even wanted to work. We were teenagers and teenagers are supposed to have fun, right? We lived in five different places and were on our sixth when the baby was born.

I was ten weeks pregnant when we got married. It wasn’t the failure to pay rent that got us thrown out each time. It was the noise. We argued from the time we got up until we went to bed at night. We believed in and practiced the old wives’ tale of don’t go to bed angry.

At one place we lived, the police spent more time at our house than at their assigned precinct. We finally got our act together and settled into family life. But we were entitled to have some fun. After all, the year was 1970.

About the Book

Jo M. Russell is a 60-year- old mother of five and grandmother of six, living in Clarksville, Tennessee, with

her cat. This is her ninth book.