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I dont know if this is country enough?
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Clod    Posted 06-21-2003 at 18:03:52       [Reply]  [No Email]

But I was born on a big farm when my father was off to the Army.i dont remember much of that because I only looked out of the crib now and then,My mom told me most of that part of my life.But soon my father bought his own land with a house..But while he was still in the Army I remember wakeing up the others hollering the house is on fire.It was above the wood heater when It began but by the time the fire tuck got there it was everywhere,I remember me and my cousins playing on the firetruck. It was a big opprotunity because we couldnt play on it up at the fire station, I remember my daddy comeing home in his uniform to look at the pile of ashes.Not long later he came back and he built another house with help of the guys he knew.It was not very fancy but big enough.We all didnt think fancy anyhow because there were no TVs to get an idea of how others lived.Everybody was happy with what they had then.But most would get a radio to listen to the Lone Ranger and some other shows I dont remember.But most all the folks were content with their lot in life.If we were poor ,We didnt know nor care because most were about like us around the area..Except some big time farmers.They treated us all well and acted no better than the average folks.But I did judge the class of folks by the water pump they had. I developed this system of standards in my own mind.The higher the pump,The higher the class.Ofcourse we had a lower pump but it was acceptable because most folks had the same.(picture might show this kind).I might later show the high classed pump I bought in recent years.It was for ornamental reasons.But our pump lost its prime if you didnt stay around and pump it..So there was water to prime it there for that reason..But one day my mom was at a neghbors down the road.I got real thirsty.I was not very big then but my older brother was no help to figure out the pump problem.I went to the icebox and found a big jug of buttermilk..I decided to prefom an experiment so I took it out and poured it into the pump.It finally primed but the buttermilk was all gone. I thought this would be great news to my mom that I found a method to get water in case we had nothing to prime with..But what I got was,, Go over to that peach tree,Break off a limb and bring it here. This was before child abuse had become the law of the land.So ,, Today,If folks still had pumps,The kids could rightfully prime them with buttermilk due to congressional action.

Cindi    Posted 06-22-2003 at 06:07:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know, I thought our generation had it hard with what television and the movies puts in the heads of our kids, but when I think back to what I watched as a kid, my folks had the same problem. The Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, Father knows Best, the same sanitized unreal view of raising kids and what to do when the Beav looks you in the face and says "no, I an't going to do that, whatcha gonna do about it?" (Even though we all know he would NEVER do something like that)

Ward would be sadly dissapointed in my reaction. I fetched more than a few switches myself. It still works.

Vic    Posted 06-21-2003 at 18:16:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cloc Hopper your tlaking to young yankeeys. Have you lost your friggin mind. We should have sent our fathers cards on fathers day saying that they shoud be proud that the child abuse laws are not retoractive.

Clod    Posted 06-21-2003 at 18:21:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well,,Some call it abuse but I should have got more of it.

Clodhigh class pump    Posted 06-21-2003 at 18:11:57       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here is the tall ones.If you were real respectable about town ,You had this kind.

Clod    Posted 06-21-2003 at 18:58:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where I grew up was country..Woods all around,Some open to farm by neighbors.A long walk to concrete.I used to ride my bike to town to skid the tire on concrete to hear it squeal. The best squeal was a sidewalk by the school.I had an every other link chain..Today it's everlink.Either that or none..PROGRESS????? Anyhow,,We dug a big pond with a dozer on our land and eventually city folks moved in,Borowed electricity to construct with and borowed all kinds of stuff,But when they settled in,,They started makeing rules for us to live by,Not legal rules but just offering advice.Like you need to fill in your pond,My kid might get in it and drownd..Then other big advice, So we just sold out and moved.Now it is thick with all kinds of folks.Jammed house to house..No room for kids to look at the things of nature.

Jimbob    Posted 06-22-2003 at 09:41:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Grew up in the 'city of plenty' with services 'piped to your house' in everyway imaginable. Food was everywhere, eat what you want. New shiny cars out front, etc, etc.

No complaint, just did not compete against the country life (grandparents home). I moved part way out of with one leg left dangling in the city. After older kids got thru college & enough cash is put away to send the younger ones, I pulled completely out.

Feels great like coming out of a burning fever. The twisted sense of values are far away now.

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