Monday, July 12, 2010
I'm working on two books, both about my early adventures in the Cotner family of Logan County, Arkansas and Cotner family folklore. Here's a small excerpt from one of them.
"...Boys being boys, I’m sure my brother David and I drove our parents and grandparents to distraction most times with our shenanigans and adventures. The both of us used to get into all kinds of mischief and engage in many activities that probably put early gray hairs on our elders.
In the coldest of cold weather, sometimes with snow falling, wearing nothing more than faded blue jeans, thin socks and tennis shoes that had long since seen better days we’d be out playing football for hours. Or, we would go playing around the creek that flowed through the woods and pasture lands below the house—we had no gloves, no mittens to our names but we’d be breaking ice, wading the creek and throwing snow at each other in frigid, freezing temperatures until sunset. It was all great fun. It never seemed to bother us but it sure bothered our grandmother.
We’d straggle back home, numb, cold and wet to the bone.
“You boys are gonna’ die of pneumonia,” Grandma would say, shaking her head in despair.
Looking back on it now, I think that might have been wishful thinking..."
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I remember one fun-filled festive firecracker celebration of the Fourth of July back in the early 1960s at my Uncle Bill’s house in Booneville. Fireworks and sparklers all around. Everyone was having fun until my cousin Kenny stuck a burning sparkler up his sister Mary Evelyn’s nose. There’s a memory.
Happy celebrations everyone and remember this holiday safety tip: keep all fireworks outside the body and have a fun and safe Fourth.