It’s true that I was raised differently from most people. My mother died when I was seven so I do not know or appreciate her influence on what and who I am. My father was in his late fifties when I was born, and he knew he could not protect me from the world. Papa didn’t finish grade school and didn’t have a career or even constant employment; he was a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. That did not stop him from being well-read and knowledgeable about life and people. He raised us in the country, where he could hunt and we could grow food and raise animals to eat.