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Growing Up On An Iowa Farm
I was 3 1/2 when we moved from a farm without electricity to one with. I can remember going to the barn with Dad to milk the cows and him carrying a lantern. Mom washing clothes with a gas engine powered Maytag. I can remember the ice box and of course the outhouse. Then there were the PTA meetings in the one room school with the kerosene lamps up on the walls. BTW, I went to a one room country school through the 7th grade. I can't remember lots of things but I think that is good to remember stuff before I was 3 1/2.

Growing up on an Iowa farm made me the luckiest kid as I look back on it. We had a crick to play in, a large hay mow and 160 acres to run around. I could hunt whenever I wanted as long as it was in season and I ran a trap line on my horse, a Morgan type. As I look back and think about how school started at 8;30, I think, I covered a lot of ground by that time. I ran my trap line , did chores and had breakfast by that time. I loved springtime when fieldwork started because you could see a rebirth of all outdoor life. In closing, I could go on and on, I guess that is why I love to be outside all the time unless it is nasty out. When I drive up and down the road to our house, I see house after house that the people who live there never are outside. I just don't understand that.

Fudd, entered 2000-01-11



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