In Chapter 2 of Rolling Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor, the Logan children are engaged in picking cotton along with their mother. As Cassie climbs a pole to pick the high cotton, she can also see above the field to the road where there are two figures walking briskly. One of them is taller that the other, whose "fluid gait" looks familiar to Cassie. Squinting and shadowing her eyes from the glare of the sun, Cassie gasps in recognition; she slides down the pole, exlaiming "It's Papa!"
In disbelief her mother utters the name of her husband. Then John and Little Man eagerly descend their poles, and rush toward the barbed wire fence. Big Ma calls to them to not crawl through the fence and trespass upon property that may not belong to the owner whose cotton they pick, but the children pretend not to hear her as they rush to see their father, who has left his work on the railroad to come home with another man.