"A grownup is a child with layers on." - Woody Harrelson
Peeling back the layers.
If the weather was the least bit tolerable, I'd be out in the yard for at least a big chunk of the day. I did do other things besides trying to fly off the well tank and riding my bike. I loved to get in the deep, shady San Augustine grass and find pill bugs. I loved how they'd curl up into a complete ball! I'd put them in a pocket, I'd throw them. I'd see how many I could get balled up at one time. I also like to walk around in the sand in the driveway and look for ant lions. Their little funnel in the sand made a fun place to push an ant into, or to toss a twig or spring of grass. Sometimes I was mean and poked a stick in the center and twirled it round and round.
Occasionally, I'd go through the house and announce to Mama I was bored. If she wasn't too busy, she'd come out and we'd made a hop scotch board in the dirt and play a game or two. In the evening, when Daddy came home, if I were outside anywhere, he'd chase me one full circle around the house, then go inside, sit in his lazy boy and say "Poor tired, Daddy! Needs someone to pull his big ol' boots off." And I'd unlace his leather work boots, rare back and "pull" them off. I think mostly it was Daddy pushing with the other foot that did the trick.
I also loved to swing. I had a swingset, but if I swang very high or fast it tried to tip up. In a huge old oak tree, behind the garage, Daddy threw a thick rope up and looped it over a huge limb. He made me a swing! A swing I could swing higher than high on!
In the late summer evenings, I'd sometimes lay out on the shady side of the house, watching the clouds, chewing on a piece of grass, smelling Mama's supper simmering and slipping out through the open windows. I'd hear the clanking dishes in the sink. Hear Daddy say something to Mama or to our little Susie dog. And life just felt so rich! So full! So cozy and perfect!
What were some of your favorite outdoor activities? Did you play with insects? What is one of the warmest, life is right memories you have?
Thanks for sharing with me!