Monday, September 6, 2010

Fall Spirit

People today are not allowed to do many things and it's a shame.

Growing up was fun in our town. It had pig roasts and local sweet corn from our farmers fields,
cooked in barrels and all the towns people would come to play games, eat and enjoy a night with a huge bonfire every fall.

My Dad also made one, every fall. We'd go around collecting long logs anywhere we could find them and before long we'd have this huge 16 footer
crackling away, while family sat around chatting eating,
playing a guitar, singing and keeping warm on a late October night. If neighbors wanted to drop by they were welcome. It was a fun time.

Sometimes people would collect piles of wood and shrubs and after the snow would fall, we'd again have a huge bonfire in someones back yard. There was no danger of it spreading because of all the snow.
There is nothing like it. It's so spiritual, just sitting and watching the flames, watching little fireflies getting away from it and disappearing in a deep dark starry sky. The cool freshness of the air mixed with the smell of wood still rests in my nostrils today. Once the big flames died down the hot dogs and marshmallows would come out and the kids would have fun playing with fire until almost dawn. We would have our sleeping bags and pillows outside and eventually fall asleep, red cheeked and charcoal dirty but ever so happy. lol It's funny but the kids were responsible and no one worried about fire hazards.


A school teacher injured his back

and had to wear a plaster cast

around the upper part of his body.

It fit under his shirt and

was not noticeable at all.

On the first day of the term,

still with the cast under his shirt,

he found himself assigned to the

toughest students in school.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window

as wide as possible and then

busied himself with desk work.

When a strong breeze made his tie flap,

he took a stapler and stapled

the tie to his chest.
Discipline was not a problem

from that day forth!


Maude Lynn said...

I love that teacher story!

A Lady's Life said...

Mama Zen _ Ya. It is fitting for the new school year lol
Teachers need to show their stuff. lol

George said...

Thanks for the story of the teacher -- I thoroughly enjoyed it. I agree with you that it is a shame that there are so many things we are no longer allowed to do. I think young children today are really missing out on a great deal.

SandyCarlson said...

Great story. We are losing our zest for life by making everything safe, harmless. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

A Lady's Life said...

George - No kiddin.
I don;t do half as much with my kids cause the things I did with my parents were on a spur of the moment things. Today you need licenses, planning rules etc.... so by the time you get to do the things, its not fun anymore.
Before you could catch any fish. Now they tell you you can catch only this or it has to be so big and they ask you what r u fishing for??
Hunh? I don't know. Whatever I catch. Like I know what's going to come on my line?? lolThen if you are caught breaking a rule, they fine you big time and take everything away. With all this pressure on one, how can this be fun or relaxing anymore? So kids miss out. :(

A Lady's Life said...

Sandy - no matter how safe and harmless you make things, bad stuff happens.
Rather than teach people , so they know proper behavior around things, to be responsible, they pass laws and rules so people don't learn.
Learning makes for responsible behavior.Learning happens when you see and do for yourself.
Today we have so many laws and people are worse drivers for example than they were when we were growing up.The mentality works in reverse.
One should not do something because he understands he should not do something not because he will be punished if he does it.

Haddock said...

Very true.
Growing up was fun when life was very simple.