By Charles Towne

It’s expected of us!

Farmer Smith owned that there farm on the hill up on Grange Hall Road. Yeah, you know the one. He raised hogs and I’m here to tell you, them porcine critters stunk up the place so bad folks could smell the Smith farm some time before they could see it.

Yeah, it’s just the nature of hogs to smell bad. Why I guess it could be said it’s expected of them!

And while we’re talking about stink, sin comes to mind, and come to think of it, sin has to smell a whole lot worse than hog stink to God. And while we are talking about stink, the time I tangled with that there skunk comes to mind.

I am here to tell you, skunk stink is stink that don’t wash off real easy. I came home expecting some sympathy after that skunk sprayed me the way he did, but what I was expecting, and what I got were two different things, and sympathy wasn’t one of them. Mama made me strip down to my birthday suit and told me to bury my clothes, and then she threw a bar of yellow ley soap out into the yard and told me to go to the river and wash and keep on washing until that smell was diminished some. I scrubbed so long and so hard I think I scrubbed off some of my freckles!

I was lucky because it was summer and mama wasn’t about to let me back into the house smelling the way I did. She threw an old blanket on the porch and set a plate of food next to it, and that is where I slept and ate for the next few days. By the time that episode was passed I felt like that old mangy cur dog that hung around the place.

I guess you could say that when it comes right down to it its the nature of skunks to stink, and the nature of sinners to sin, at least until they get acquainted with Jesus, and then we began to smell a whole lot better, I guess you could say its expected of us, praise the Lord!

Live fully,
Love openly,
Love God, and make a difference, today.


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adapted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy filled life.


  1. Wow, your mama had a heck of a time keeping up with you, and keeping you on a straight path and out of trouble, didn’t she? I watch “The Talk” tv show a lot, and Julie Chen, one of the hosts of the program, actually reveal one day on the show, that she actually LOVED the skunk smell. I couldn’t believe it! No way, not Julie Chen, the lady of Chinese descent. She said that when she was a child, they would drive to upstate NY, and she would smell the skunk smell while there, and whenever she smells that smell now, as an adult, it would remind her of her wonderful trips as a child to upstate NY. ???????

  2. Yes, I can understand Ms Chen’s comment. Smells are powerful in bringing up memories. I actually agree with her for it brings back memories of my childhood. The smell of mink musk is another one that conjures memories. I remember the smell of mama’s cooking, that was wonderful. And how about the distinctive odor of puppy breath? Yes, the olfactory senses are powerful when it comes to triggering memories. And by the way, as hard as she tried she was not always successful in keeping me on the straight and narrow. We used to have a lot of striped skunks here in central Florida but they are quite rare now. You have a nice day now and may you be anointed by our friend Mephitis Mephitis soon. Charles Towne

  3. Thanks, but no thanks. You and Julie Chen can have all the stinky ole skunk smells you want and love, not me….. I prefer Faith Hill, Red Door, Giorgio of Beverly Hills, and Opium.

  4. Dear Mama Mia, what so many folks don’t realize is that all of the manufacturers that create those lovely perfumes you mentioned most likely used essence of skunk as a base. Therefore, each time you take a little dab behind your ear you have the lowly skunk to thank for that lasting aroma that stinks so nice and that you love so well.

  5. I seriously wonder if that essence of skunk is used for the base in the manufacturing of the men’s cologne named “Trump”???…… LMAO


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