Rufus life in Arkansas is different from flint because squirrels wouldn't lat two seconds in Arkansas. Kenny has relationship with his sister Joetta is a good relationship with her because he gives her nicknames and takes her bundles of clothes off they are like friends. When mom gets upset she reverts back to the way she learned how to speak as a child, which is "Southern style." Jotteta is a nice girl.It is the dead of winter in Flint, Michigan, and the Watson family is braving the cold as well as they can. They have to wear scarves and gloves even inside their house, and going outside is nearly unbearable. Wilona, the mother, was not born in Flint; she was born down south in Alabama and moved up to Michigan to be with her husband, Daniel. Naturally, she does not approve of the cold.
There are three Watson children: the eldest is Byron, who is thirteen and is basically a juvenile delinquent, convinced that he is too "cool" for everything. In the middle is Kenny, the protagonist, who is ten. The youngest child is Joetta, or Joey, who is five. Kenny calls the family the Weird Watsons.
While the family is watching the weather forecast on TV, Momma (Wilona) gets upset about the cold and the subject of Moses Henderson comes up. Dad (Daniel) is quite the storyteller, so he explains to the children that they came really close to having a clown named "Hambone" Henderson for a father; this man was allegedly a former beau of Momma's. Dad gave him the nickname Hambone because his head was shaped like one; the small show that Dad puts on makes everybody crack up about Hambone.