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The Chickens and the Eggs

story by John Nowak

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Ruth watches as her son-in-law Richard Hallum tests his two-month-old daughter Hayley's grip with an egg. Richard is looking for steady work and occasionally helps out by sorting eggs and disposing of dead chickens.

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Richard Hallum, his wife Jennifer and his two-month-old daughter Hayley attend Sunday services with his mother-in-law Ruth Clevenger at the New Lakeside General Baptist Church in White Plains, Ky.

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Shaquile Jernigan, 14, left, and Michael Matchem, 15, practice a game of hoops late Saturday afternoon on West Farren Street in Earlington, Ky.