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Stand Strong For Me

Bucky Hall left a drug habit and an old house to squat on the land where he was raised. There he builds a life for his family in a place that carries both memories and troubles.

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Bucky Hall:

It was me growing up on this property with the family that I had on this property is what shaped me who I was. When I got out there and started trying to make a real life for myself, it all leads right back to here. Every trouble, every wall, every incident that I run into I got to remember what I done as a kid living here to try to get through it. And, if I couldn’t get through it, then I would go around it.

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Bucky Hall:

God is in every home, so you don’t have to go to a certain building to have him in your life. We have lived her all of our life. My old homestead isn’t in our name yet. The home is no longer here, but I pulled a trailer in and tried to make a life out of what I got. I had to live in tents here for awhile, before I could even get a trailer up here. And, I was pretty skittish about doing that. You know, until some of them came to me and told me, just move it up there. There’s no more they could do then tells you to leave. And I’ve been here for almost two years now.

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Christie Hall:

I was seven when I first met Bucky. We were coming over the hill for school I think. I’ve really had a rough life. I’ve been molested all my life by my uncles until I was 18. And then, after I turned 18, he promised that I wouldn’t have to live through it no more. And he kept his promise. To do laundry, I go to my moms and bring it up here and hang it out. Or I go to the laundromat and spend a bunch of money. But to live with no running water, we’ve done all our lives. No electricity? We’ve pretty much done all of our lives.

Bucky Hall:

I’m not really employed, but whatever I can find as junk, walk the roads for cans, just anything right now to where I can get on my feet, to where I can go get a job. I was a little bit in drugs. I wasn’t really dealing as much as I was using up myself. It was like being in prison. It was literally like being in prison. Once I realized, you know, I opened my eyes a little bit and seen the light of day, you know, I could see what my house was becoming. When I started the drugs, it just went downhill.

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Christy Hall:

I think we’ve all sacrificed a lot. We sacrificed the house in Nelsonville just to make them a better life out here. We put a lot of money into the house. We bought it with a lot of money, but we just couldn’t afford to fix it. But yeah, I think coming back out here was a sacrifice for them. 6 miscarriages and two live births, which is Michael and Aaron. They mean the world to me. They’re my life; they’re all I live for. And that is the truth. When they get in trouble I’m there, no matter where they’re at. They could be in jail and I’d go and bail them out.

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Michael Hall:

Right now, we’re sitting in our camper in the kitchen which is also my and mine brother’s bed. We slept together pretty much our whole life. We’re brothers so we ain’t really going to do nothing to each other, you know. I mean, it’s just, it’s really nice that, knowing that I’ve got someone there to watch at my back while he knows I’m watching his. It’s really rough living the way we do, but we manage.

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Bucky Hall:

Right now, I need to go out and talk to the owner. I never went out to talk to him because I was afraid that they was going to let us know that the property was up for sale, you know, and that we wasn’t going to be able to afford to buy the property, and it was going to be off from underneath us. You know, it would rip me up to know that he would tell me that I had to go.

Christy Hall:

We’re going to start building. We’re going to build us a house. It might take us forever but we’re going to build it. I want a big enough house that, you know, we all can stay in and have our own room, a kitchen big enough for all of us, and have a yard full of flowers.

Bucky Hall:

I’ve got a brother that shot himself in the yard here. Gary grabbed the pistol and come out the front door and into the yard and…boom. I just thought my world was over. Me and him was like two peas in a pod. You know? Yeah. We was like, kinda like, best friends. I meet my older brother at the door and me and him locked arms and, I can’t go no more, Bryan. I dropped to my knees they said and, I just, I lost it from there. You would almost have to be in our Little House on the Prairie home that we ground in here to know how much love and cherishment was in them four rooms that we lived in. We put the monument here to represent the love that we’ve lost to them. There’s spirits watching. Believe it. And I know it’s mom and dad. I really do. As far as family goes, the family right here that I’ve got; the four in my family is my family. There is a lot of love on this hill; the roots of the grass has love.

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