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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Makin' Our Own Fun

Well, the gloomy day got me to thinking about all the fun and games we used to have when we were kids.

We did not have a lot of toys when we were growing up. We made our own fun. We had an old wagon we pulled each other around on and we also carried wood on that old wagon. It had sideboards on it and had belonged to my older brother. The side boards came off of it . It was a cool wagon. Sometimes we just pulled each other around in an old cardboard box and a piece of twine string.

We did not have a baseball or bat but in springtime and summer our days were filled with playing baseball We had an old ball of leftover yarn and twine we used for a ball and our bat was a flat piece of wood which we had made into a bat. It made a good bat because every once in a while we would hit the ball onto the house. It would come bouncing off the house and invariably would either go into the rain barrel or into a mud puddle and be soggy . We would have to wait for days for it to dry out.

In the summer we couldn’t wait for the June bugs to start flying. We would get a string and tie it to one of their legs and fly those June bugs around. would . We would take a tin can and go to the creek and catch minnows and crawdads and put them in the tin can. We always had to be careful of the crawdads because we were told if they got their pinchers on you they would not turn you loose until it rained. We also had to be on the look out for snakes too. We heard so many snake stories just the sight of one would send us scurrying in the other direction.

As evening came we would find a glass jar of some kind poke a couple holes in the top and off to the corn patch we would go looking for lightning bugs. We would catch them when they lit up and put them in the jar. You had to be careful not to sqush them because you would end up with "glow" on your hand. After we had tired of catching the bugs we would set the jar up until it was time to go to bed. We would then sneak them into our bed and under the covers so we wouldn't get caught with them.

I remember one time we had hid the jar in behind the bed and when everyone had gotten in bed one of us reached behind the bed to get the jar. Well, the hand that was reaching missed the target and tipped the jar over and it rolled out into the middle of the floor - lightning bugs just a blinking. We got in trouble that night and none of us ever owned up to how that jar got under the bed.

Well Scott has finished his fourth day and is at 115 miles. It rained most of the day today. There were people who walked with him and a radio station interviewed him. He also spoke at a church in Christiansburg, VA. He will leave there for day 5 and on to Roanoke, VA.

Good luck Scott on the next leg of your journey.

For more information or if you are interested in following his daily walk to the steps of the U. S. Capitol you can find it at

That's it for Today.

1 comment:

Gypsy said...

I loved catching lightning bugs best of all. The skies in the country are still lit up with millions of them on summer evenings, but now I suppress the urge to go find a jar & punch holes in the lid and catch them.