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Clod    Posted 07-19-2004 at 20:14:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was younger,I had cousins that lived near the southern border near mexico,There was a gas refinery there for natural gas. There was a big old cooling tower where water was sprayed and fell down slanted boards into a concrete pool.The water was very cool so my cuson milked his cow and let the milk set in the water.It was very hot and we drink a lot of milk out of the gallon jug.We walked a long distance to an abandoned stage coach stop. It still had an old desk left in the old building. For some reason it was not distroyed,Probably because it was on land of the gas company.We would go camping out but rattlesnakes and scorpions were alo over the place.We had a snake bite kit along.At night we would talk of mountain lions because they were plentiful. We did not need any money to enjoy things.One of the best things we found out about was cold water to drink. We had no drugs of any kind ,nor even cigarettes and beer. But later on I would learn from TV and Hollywood that you can't have fun without some chemicals and lots of money.Oh yes, and all the fun is in a big city.

DigitalMat    Posted 07-20-2004 at 07:25:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think living in the country helps kids develop imagination. In the city, everything is done for you. Yesterday, my 14 year old daughter stacked firewood. She always moans and groans about chores just like I did, but when I got back from work last night, there was one stick of wood projecting from the top with a glove on it. She knew I would see it and get a kick out it. They are learning and caring about more than we think. Albert Einstein said there is nothing more satisfying than chopping wood. You get to see your progress as you go along. Our kids need to learn lessons of accomplishment like this.

KellyGa    Posted 07-20-2004 at 06:58:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was young, we always entertained ourselves. With, or without company. I would play for hours in the sandbox, be amazed while watching ants find their way through a jungle of blades of grass, catch frogs and lizards and play with them gently mind you, for a while and then let them go on their way. We would go and get in the creek right next to out house (its covered up now) where I lived as a child and catch tadpoles and crawdads. ONe time I even raised up some tadpoles into frogs and let them go, that was fun. I remember one time, there was a lone spider living in between the screen and the window of my bedroom window, I wouldn't let daddy kill it. It had babies, that was neat.

Wow Clod, you brought back such fond memories, thank you.

Maggie/TX    Posted 07-19-2004 at 20:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clod, I think if a lot of these city kids who are now getting into gangs for something fun to do would have had a chance at growing up where you did and doing the cool stuff you and your cousins did, they wouldn't need gangs. They would get a chance at growing up knowing what is really important in life. Like you did. What a neat story! (except for the rattlesnakes and scorpions. Now I keep feeling something tickling my feet.)

Clod    Posted 07-19-2004 at 21:07:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wont tell the story of my big city cousin who went to the show and took my little nephews baked sweet potato from his bag and hit the manager on the front row with it.

Maggie/TX    Posted 07-19-2004 at 21:21:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL Clod! I think I like your country cousin best!

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