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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Things you did as a kid

I grew up on a small farm of 160 acres outside a small town of less than 300 people in town, with 19 kids in my class.

My dad was one of 7 brothers that owned the farm. Dad got 1/2 of the crop and 1/7 of the profits. This usually was between $100 & $200 a year.

In other words we had very little to live on. I was the youngest of 3 brothers.

So while riding around this month of August, I noticed Woolley worms crossing the road.

Dad milked a few head of cows, so when he was milking I had to do some chores around the barn. I got $.10 for every grade I was in school every Saturday for my help.

So in between what I had to do I would catch Woolley worms on a hedge tree some call it Osage orange tree. This was just outside the east end of the barn door about 30 feet away.

I would take them and race them on the different strands of wire to see which worm was the fastest. That had to go from one fence post to the next. I did this for weeks in the fall of the year for entertainment, because I had very few toys.

What kind of goofy things did you used to do when you were a kid.

I will add more stories like this as I think of them. I was probably 6 then, and am 73 now.
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I can relate to a few of those, I'm your age. I miss those days!
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I used to wade in the canal which was usually only 2-8 inches deep, with a gold fish net & a bucket & I'd catch minnows & tadpoles. Then I'd dump them in the cow pond on our property & feed them a few slices of bread each day. I did this almost daily for a year or two & our pond must have had several hundred thousand minnows in it by the time I moved on to other things.

Of course the tadpoles would turn into frogs & hop away but, we always had plenty of frogs around to sing to us at night. Always loved frogs & to this day I'll put on a soundtrack of frogs croaking to help me sleep at night.

EDIT: I'm 53.
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I have 2 brothers, one 7 years older, and the oldest 14 years older (he has pasted now).
My next oldest was caught by Mom, Dad, and me several times north of our corn crib shaking a corn stock with a shuck.
None of us that I can remember ever figured out what he was pretending to be doing.
I would guess I was about 7 and that would have made him 14.
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BB gun fights...
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It's all fun & game until someone loses an eye.
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It's all fun & game until someone loses an eye.

I also played with the sharp steel pointed "Jarts" not the pussified Velcro version of today.
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It's all fun & game until someone loses an eye.

I also played with the sharp steel pointed "Jarts" not the pussified Velcro version of today. I still have the set...the grandchildren enjoy playing the game too.





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I played jarts too, no one ever got hurt, or was close to being hurt.

That reminded me, we used to play with pocket knives, and you would start with your feet together and throw the knife no more than 6” past the other guys shoe. He would have tp spread his feet to where the knive was stuck in the ground. You would keep taking turns until someone fell over he lost, or you couldn’t stick the knife in the ground and you loose.

We did this at school most of the time. Don’t ever remember getting caught, but then you could have pocket knives, but no hunting knives.

We all lived, and no one got hurt. Times have sure changed.
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I think anyone who can remember the 70's played Jarts. When I was 9 or 10 me & my buddies walked or rode bicycles all over town or out into the country side miles from home. Today in the very same town, Parents are threatened by CPS to have their kids taken away for letting them walk unescorted to the neighborhood park.

Growing up in Florida, we swam in snake & gator infested water all the time. In the 70's you had to go pretty far out into the country to see a BIG gator. Today they are much more plentiful & now there are Crocs (which are MUCH more aggressive) & pythons.

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