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July 18, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Watermelons spooned up summer

Five for a dollar. Who could resist. “Surely there’s room in the car somewhere for them. They are five for a dollar!”

“Nooo, not on my side of the car – I’ve got the dog and he’s already hogging the window.”

“Hey, the corn already keeps rolling off the back window shelf onto my neck and the bushel of peas is mostly on my side. Besides, you’re the shortest – your feet don’t touch the floorboard anyway, so just think of the watermelons as a foot rest. And stop kicking that melon – that one’s yours.”

(And those “five good reasons why” rolled up and shook in my face.)

Whining only brought a “Stop it. It’s not that far” from the front seat. Not even worthy of a turn around.

(Insert a resigned sigh – and annoyance at older brother’s conquerer’s smug look as my knees folded like a grasshoppers’ up by my ears.)

It took us forever to get the shared family farm as we had to stop at every single roadside produce stand all along the way.

It was economical to lock up the city house and spend summers in the suspended animation of the country. There was nothing.

Woman sitting in garden with parasol (1899.Bain News Service/LoC/USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Nothing at all like our July/August. Mom, no doubt, daydreamed of this. (USPD./Commons.wikimedia.org)

Lots and lots of nothing.

Adults leisurely did things with fences, cattle, saddles and tack, shelled peas, or canned vegetables.

Kids were pretty well ignored between meals. Expected to sort and entertain themselves.

Clocks did not exist there except for sun dials we fashioned.

Lots of porch sitting serenaded by a squeaking chain.

What we did would probably bore you. Stuff we couldn’t get away with at home.

Stuff like standing on the porch and seeing who could spit watermelon seeds the farthest. Having large gaps between teeth meant I fared pretty well in these contests.

Or dares to walk barefooted across branding-iron-hot cattle guards.

Or “Sure you can walk a couple of miles in the blazing sun to the store and get a Big Red, RC cola, or grape soda”. Of course the older kids never told us Littles until on their way out and we had to scramble to keep up – hopping desperately behind them on the scorching rocky road with our bare feet. Really unfair they had shoes on….especially with the wide cattle guard.

Character building.

Children in front of farm house. Schwarzenbach/ Swiss Nat.Lib. (USPD.artist life, pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Obviously sophisticated European rural children. They have on shoes and clean knees. I think mom simply pretended not to know us during our rare ventures into the little town. She was always thrilled to get back to civilization at the end of the summer.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

One thing kids were not allowed to do was eat any watermelon too late in the afternoon. Walking among fireflies was not appreciated by any tired mom escorting a child during an unscheduled nocturnal trek to the outhouse. (Especially after banned ghost stories)

The world on pause.

The dusty, isolated, endless days of barefooted luxury unappreciated.

Simple simmer.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Summer was spooned up richly. 

Like this: tune and spoons. (It’s fun. Try it. Great for those nothing times.)

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  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 18 2019 6:36 am

    5 water melons for a dollar? …we have one watermelon for 4.99 …something goes wrong here I guessed it LOL

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2019 2:28 pm

      We could hardly wait until watermelon season. All you could eat until about 4 pm. We’d drop them in the spring or a big tub of water to keep them cool until time to eat.Sometimes we even managed to grow one or two in a garden, but the deer or critters usually beat us to those – which was Ok as watching it grow was really the fun part…if you could keep the dogs from trampling things.
      (Not that long ago we used to get avocados 10 for a dollar at the local veggie stands.Yes! Guacamole for all during their season.)
      Thanks for adding a comment to chew on

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Jul 18 2019 7:16 am

    Memories. We went to my uncle’s farm but just for the day. Running in circles in fields and meadows. Trying to convince parents that adopting minnows to take home was a good idea. Dodging Smoky the cranky sheep and his horns. And the food! All fresh. My aunt was a great cook and my mom always brought stuff. Even the time spent in my small town in summer was wonderful. No locked doors anywhere. If you were caught doing something really stupid anyone yelled at you and no one threatened to sue. Old times.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2019 2:33 pm

      Minnows! That’s a good one. Farms are a whole different world. That slow paced world offered so much to do HaHa.Those country aunts fixed such meals – stuff your mom always begged you to eat at home, but wouldn’t – but it was better and cooked/tasted differently there. Small town stores, feed stores, and Fourth of July parades – now that’s summer. Thanks for bare footing it over to chat

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  3. Ally Bean / Jul 18 2019 7:29 am

    We used to visit my great aunt’s farm for the day. It was quaint, but I was too much of a proper city girl to truly enjoy it. I like your memories and am in awe of your watermelon seed shooting prowess. Such a champion.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2019 2:22 pm

      Oh, you were the child my mother wanted! I remember one aunt telling one girl cousin my age to stop climbing trees as it wasn’t lady-like. I remember looking down from the tree branch thinking, “Well, having looked around? This really doesn’t seem like lady country.” Of course I didn’t say that as it would have been considered rude and disrespectful – and children were not allowed to be that even on farms.
      Thanks for spitting out a comment to seed this place

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  4. Shelley / Jul 18 2019 7:38 am

    And who says a workout for the arms, hands, and toes has gone outta style?! I enjoyed this fun post!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2019 2:34 pm

      Aerobic exercise’s original version? Recently a friend said her foot doc suggested she pick up marbles off the floor with her toes to help her foot issues…gee, I thought that was something mom made up just to keep us busy and out of her hair. Fun is where you find it. Thanks for the moving comment

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      • Shelley / Jul 18 2019 3:45 pm

        LOL – it sure looked like a workout. And the precision of toe to bell was quite impressive. If you have experience picking up marbles, you’re a shoe in for the bell ringing roll…. okay, I might be on too much of a roll here…….. 😉

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  5. sustainabilitea / Jul 18 2019 11:08 am

    Great memories 😉

    janet

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  6. The Coastal Crone / Jul 18 2019 11:57 am

    Watermelons were always a part of my summer. Sometimes we would have watermelon at a roadside park but my older sister was too embarrassed to eat watermelon by the side of the road. Good summer memories. Maybe not the outhouses!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2019 2:39 pm

      Those stands often did have some ancient wooden picnic table…which was always sticky.We always took ours to go and plopped them into a tai of water to chill until use….of course the little kids would poke, bob, and roll those melons in waiting in the tub…splashes air dried quickly. Of course wasp often zapped in for a drink…a bit of danger added to the challenge? Thanks for watering down a comment over here

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  7. Anne Mehrling / Jul 18 2019 12:24 pm

    I resonated to the phrase “endless summer days”. I wish I had my childhood’s view of summer again.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2019 2:42 pm

      They say if you wait long enough you can revert and relive…not sure I can manage the barefooted crossing of that cattle guard though….
      Thanks for soaking in the summer here

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  8. Maggie Wilson / Jul 18 2019 3:30 pm

    I was instantly transported to a hot, dusty hay mow and jumping from the cross beans into the scratchy, golden straw piled beneath.

    Always wanted to play the spoons. I’m not sure I could even manage the counter-top bell.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2019 4:00 pm

      We always had the rectangle bales of hay -piles all the way to the hay barn roof (and too dangerous to play in…besides brother said the animals wouldn’t eat any hay I played on…never really believed that but…) I always wanted to jump into a pile of hay like in the movies or books and finally go the opportunity on a farm open for pumpkin picking with children. The experience was worth the wait!
      Thanks for adding the the rural rhythm here

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  9. Jane Dougherty / Jul 19 2019 2:39 am

    Sounds like a world away but it was a world of plenty.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2019 9:54 am

      Illustration of “less is more.”
      Thanks for the simple comment

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      • Jane Dougherty / Jul 19 2019 1:48 pm

        It’s what we were talking about the other day. More is trash, superficial and fatuous. In other countries people are dying because they don’t have clean drinking water, the planet is dying because we are plundering its resources to make smart phones and garden furniture. There was a time, not so long ago when we could live without teak garden furniture and a new pair of Nikes twice a year. Seems like another world.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2019 3:23 pm

          You can live nice/well, and still live environmentally friendly. A matter of priorities, expectations, and willingness to do what you can.
          Each country is responsible for their own people’s health and welfare AND act in an environmentally appropriate fashion. Partly because their choice of government isn’]t receptive to that concept – and party, it’s “Oh, let other countries do that – what they do is enough to save us all” – like China, India, Russia….
          Definitely agree well made classic goods preferable over the shabby cheaply made trendy seasonal disposable ones made in countries by poorly paid labour force with little concern for workers’ health and safety…much less benefits.
          All you can do is do what you can yourself live gently and encourage those around you – the ones you can actually influence – to adopt the same.
          Difficult these days with the constant comparisons and “judgmental remarks” by “friends” on social media and FakeBook?

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 20 2019 2:08 am

            I don’t know if you have ‘flight shame’ in the US. It started in Sweden and it’s spreading. People are beginning to see that certain habits that aren’t necessary like flying to destinations when you can take the train or a boat, or just not go there at all, are habits we have to kick. I do notice that the opposite trend seems to be true in the US from comments I’ve seen from Americans, either complete surprise that people in far flung places might actually be suffering from climate change, and utter disbelief that the great American dream of being able to do/have everything to excess is (at least partly) responsible.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 20 2019 1:43 pm

            Oh, yeah, someone’s always bringing up cost of air flights – while they hop on their own to go to rallies/rant about climate change about the environment – those people. Honestly how can they say things with a straight face? Shoots all credibility- but then again they don’t cared as they are important and the little people can make changes. All those little people’s actions are quite able to save the environment…no need to disrupt the lifestyle, wants and needs of the elites….
            Actually “shame” and “guilt” are probably outdated concepts and use of them frowned upon now…You know, All that positive reinforcement instead of saying “don’t” and “no” and “that’s bad”. Yeah, patting people on the head for breathing and inflating self worth and self esteem rather than the importance of taking responsibilities for your own actions, cause and effects, and, most important, the are consequences for your actions and you deserve it and there are no excuses. Yeah, all that’s made life and society better.
            I’m not sure where your are looking with that last paragraph, but it’s not really valid for the broad/general public…most of who are just too busy trying to get through life and make a living to have time to live online in comments, blogs, etc. Of course the school/college age, invalids, and those without jobs have more time to chat – and tend to be rather narrow in their experiences. Some parents may tend to be over protected and shield their kids from ugliness, but it’s pretty hard these days to do that as they have school communities, media, and friends that are not controlled. Most people in all countries see what’s happening world wide with the internet and instant news videos around the globe.
            Used to be a person wasn’t really educated unless the spoke several languages and had traveled beyond their country. Sad that seems to have dropped off – but the world is less safe to backpack around in these days.
            Odd, opening the internet and allowing instant information did broaden people’s views, yet it also seems to have made people caccoon out of fear which narrows their world down.
            You’re right, FB, YouTube, social media has made everyone think the US is Disneyland – created high expectations of immediate achievement of “the good life” they imagine. it’s not. Disappointment is bound to be rough. I am haunted by the video news image of a very young couple walking the long way to the US from Brazil pushing 2 strollers with 2 young children. When asked in Mexico why they were risking such a long and dangerous journey, they cheerfully said they’re coming to the US because they had 2 Zikka babies and they were coming to the US so they can be cured and made well. I could have cried. Who told them that? What will happen when they learn that isn’t going to happen? Sometimes I think others create such a distorted view of the US and the people here from what they imagine, what they hear, and what TV and movies seem to promise.

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 20 2019 2:11 pm

            The great American way of life is everywhere by the way, not just in the US. I think a lot of the immigrants who risk their lives trying to get to UK in dinghies and freezer containers think they’ll find the same kind of miracles there, because it’s almost like the US.
            I only ‘know’ Americans who use the social media. A lot of them appear genuinely surprised that their lifestyle might be contributing to poverty elsewhere. I don’t think they teach maths or economics much these days.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 20 2019 3:54 pm

            Or geography…or history of the world or older civilizations (on all continents)….really sad there so much innocent ignorance when so much information is available – which may be the difficulty as few seem to acquire the ability to locate primary sources or determine which sources are authoritative.
            Spain, Australia, Gibraltar so many places experiencing desperate people trying to find a better life. Last week bodies found in wheel wheels of planes.
            We can only do what we can – usually improving the conditions of the local homeless, aged, and foster/abandoned children can keep one busy and make a difference in the big picture and in the long run.

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 21 2019 7:07 am

            One thing I think that hasn’t hit the people who keep saying we can’t take any more immigrants (often the same people who also deny climate change), is that when climate change kicks in, so much of the most densely populated parts of the planet will be under water or desert, millions upon millions of migrants are going to need somewhere to live, and it isn’t a few border posts that are going to stop them.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2019 9:39 am

            Broad general statements should alway be used with qualifiers and care. Don’t think you’ll need to buy yourself a life jacket soon. More than you appear to know are quite aware of the potential disaster.
            There has always been climate change – this area was once ocean and will be again – people who do not know geography, geology, history, and rise and fall of civilizations do not understand that basic fact.
            There has been many well documented times of human migration also. Neither is a new thing. There are university courses on the later that have been taught for decades.
            All governments have the responsibility and authority to help their own citizens – and the UN assists with aid as do more wealthy countries and good hearted people. Sadly aid that could save so many – could build housing, dig wells, teach sustainable farming and living is stolen by those in power who do not have any intention or compassion to help their own people other than themselves. Until people rise up and take back their own lands and destiny, nothing will change – no progress towards improving their own homelands (which few really do not want to leave and many want to return to when possible). Running away and forcing others to accept them as uninvited guests ( even the best and most generous host get weary and run out of money themselves. Reality is that at some point there is just so much room on the “boat” and only the strongest will survive. Basic rule of nature. Plot of many SciFi novels from way, way back as well as now)
            While we may be limited in the amount we can do with controlling and steering nature (man’s previous interventions haven’t gone so well, so maybe just being more careful with resources is one the right track), we seem to be able to do very little to change human behavior which causes things like mass migration: the greed, the seizure and holding of power even when surrounded by vulnerable populations, selfishness, and lack of concern. All that adds up to problems and crisis…throughout history. If only a few work towards a goal, the majority sink any progress. Evolution and loss of species is written – and continues, humans may just be one tiny blip on the world’s record of life. Adapt or die. That’s reality.

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 21 2019 1:28 pm

            Thing is, when you’re saying ‘adapt or die’ from the standpoint of the country that is the least likely to ‘die’, it isn’t the same as if you’re a Bangaladeshi who is on the front line. I agree with you about corrupt governments and rulers lining their own pockets with foreign aid, and spending massively on weapons (that we sell them) rather than on schools and hospitals. Those countries need massive uprisings to get their countries back in the hands of the people, and to stop murdering one another on ethnic grounds.
            I think you have to add a proviso to your analysis of climate change being a natural phenomenon though. Yes, it has happened often before, ice ages and mini ice ages galore. The difference this time is the time frame. It’s galloping not gradual change; nothing has time to adapt, and we are causing it. And that’s reality too.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2019 2:20 pm

            It’s very diverse here – I have friends/clients/business associates/neighbors who immigrated from Bangaladeshi, Jamaica, Pakistan, Korea, Spain, England, Russia, China, Iran, and central/S. America as well as various states in Mexico – you name it. Their viewpoints and experiences are quite informative and interesting. While they like it here – and are safe, many do hope there is change and return to normalcy at home so they can to return eventually. It will be difficult, they feel, in some cases as the conflicts are so ancient and people so reluctant to “live and let live”, and some so fearful of outsiders. It’s a fine line to raise economies/bring about human rights while not destroying traditions and things that give their countries their own unique identities. Sometimes I wonder who has the right to say how another country should run themselves. Governments and countries evolve – difficult to watch the growing process.
            Yep, our reality is shaky – we have so few actual records of eras and actual time frames. So much is under water and unexplored.The better we get at evaluating and analyzing geology, the more we understand, can predict, and hopefully adjust. We may be causing some of it, but we are also already adapting as a species. (Hmmm time for a post about continental drift and the predicted continents/ocean changes already in motion).
            There’s a lot of nonproductive hysteria. Instead would help if people stopped mowing down jungles and started planting trees. Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse. Sadly so many want so much stuff and want to accumulate stuffs a sign of “the good life”(now there’s an ancient concept…really it is.Social climbing…all sorts of names for it throughout the ages)…especially those new arrivals who’ve never been able to get it before ( which delights merchants, suppliers, big business who create cheap goods made by poor workers treated badly.) A terrible vicious destructive cycle. Everyone has been led to believe Disneyland is obtainable and real.
            Once again, human behavior must change…or we’d better adapt even faster…. Buckle up – it’s gonna be fun…if we can just figure out how to stop those giant polluters, volcanoes (one does more damage than you can imagine…think there was a post about the science of that)…maybe put a plug in Yellowstone, not to mention those the Iceland geysers.
            We’ll have to find some way to work in harmony with nature – and even more difficult to change human behavior …meanwhile you said “we” are doing it…,uh, guess that means “you”? – so stop whatever you’re doing!!!” – JUST KIDDING. Hang in there and keep fighting the fight – it’s our only chance. If everyone just does a few little things, it will make a difference – small pebbles roll together and eventually can stop a wild untamed stream. Onward through the fog (cough, cough JUST KIDDING.) Strength of convictions will produce results

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 22 2019 7:38 am

            Maybe we could start by mowing down Disneyland? NOT kidding 🙂

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2019 8:52 am

            Actually that would be fine with me. Not my type off entertainment (How could massive crowds, long lines, garishness, gawdy, massive use of electricity possibly hold any attraction?…oh, wait. Shiny beads). Worked for many many years to engage and encourage children/ families to choose natural entertainment …and unplug to rediscover life and themselves. The Dark Sky has much to teach and is endangered. Turn off the darn lights ( and loud music/sporting events). Far too many never learned to be entertained except by frantic action and flash. Another example of human behavior has to change for conservation.
            It would be great if people actually came here and saw there is great poverty, hunger, and desperate people here – who should be first in line for this government to care rescue. So many just turn a blind eye, “Oh, some one else will take care of them”, and I guess they feel more virtuous helping someone far far away which they can post on Fakebook rather than help those right in front of them. I do not understand how they can meet the eyes of a local needy child who wonders why he/sh is not worthy. What’s the old old saying? The shoemaker’s child has no shoes. The carpenter’s wife is always has a leaky roof.
            We are on the same side about the environment. After many activist years, I’ve learned that quiet, determined, persistence is productive. A difference in style, but goals the same. That and laughter is important. It disarms

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 22 2019 10:21 am

            I never doubted we were on the same side 🙂 Totally in agreement with the turn off the lights and the music. What is it with us that we need loud music and wild lights to tell us we’re having a good time? Ask anyone and they’ll tell you how much they love nature and gazing at the stars. Check how many of them have their gardens and houses lit up like High Mass (as my dad would say). And think it’s a good idea to have city centre shop fronts looking like Christmas trees all night.
            I might be totally wrong here, but the idea we have in Europe is that in the US there is the idea that there is work for everyone, a good living to be made by everyone, and what you earn you keep. Fine, except who pays for the hospitals, schools, roads, welfare? The idea of solidarity is a sort of Hollywood Debbie Reynolds and Jimmy Stewart sort of ‘charity’. The feel good from helping those less fortunate. Fine as far as it goes. We had that in the Middle Ages and charity was selective and erratic at best. Maybe too many people think sending thoughts and prayers is enough? If you want good social welfare coverage you have to pay for it collectively and it goes against the individualist streak in humanity. Some people can look at poor kids and find an argument for looking the other way. It’s usually that it’s their parents’ fault and if you help them it only encourages them.
            Off to prepare our vegan supper now. Doing our (very small) bit.
            You realise we’ve almost written a book in comments?

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2019 11:05 am

            A book and great fun!
            Actually there is much misconceptions about life in the US. No wonder one of our naturalized citizens who is now a congresswoman was in shock as a child when she arrived as a refugee fleeing her homeland “We cannot be in America – this is not America – there are homeless people in the streets – there is so much poor”. And then the reality hit – life is not as depicted in movies and reality shows.
            We are heavily taxed: national, state, county, community colleges, city, taxes on goods, school districts(who also get state tax money…fuel taxes for vehicles ( for roads). It is very common for families with both parents working to look like they are making a lot of money, only after so much is taken out before you get the check (healthcare, social security, income tax) so many are struggling financially ( and on top of that many have to pay a great deal for childcare since they both have to work in order to try and save for a house and college tuition for children later – few can save enough for retirement, so everyone, like us, work years and years past retirement age). We are being taxed to death despite “no taxation with our representation” concept.
            We patterned so much on the UK and England. (Did people really complain about the money spent on Victoria and Albert’s expense of their grand glass exhibition hall? Fabulously idealistic yet people alway cry “what about the poor”…still…human DNA), The Magna Carta concept of equal justice and innate rights (both countries ended slavery – from the push by protestants), class lines/inherited aristocratic position were tried to be blurred with a middle class offering opportunities, and a wealth of political and social activist writers going back past Dickens and Swift ( one of my favorites…dad loved Shakespeare..talk about being dirt poor – he and his brothers picked cotton on neighbors’ large farms, walked barefoot to school carrying shoes and putting them on once at the door – education is they key for escaping poverty – all 6 graduated college, 3 PhDs – done with hard work, never turning down a job as all work is honorable, and great sacrifice among all as each child sent back what money they could to assist the younger ones with college). Despite the ocean, much of English heritage has shaped this country. That is lessoning as the current trend of holding old country traditions is more important than assimilating to new arrivals. New seasoning always creates a new dish. We eat vegan a great deal – but not always – it’s too darn hot (typical temps this time of year, though) to have much appetite – and beside just how many calories do we need? Not to mention the stress hormones and antibiotics. Sigh, I miss the old farm’s “clean” cattle and garden.
            As you say, do what you can.
            (and it has been fun. Real discussions are so rare these days here – so many either hyper sensitive or only informed by rumor, Fakebook “facts” and self centered interests. Few skilled in language, debate or polite dialogue . All goes back to education (and darn, we’re paying more than ever per child, so no excuses….have to wonder if it’s like brain development of a person: a child’s brain doesn’t learn at the same rate for all things – some race ahead in physical large motor skill, some fine motor development excels, others acquire speech first, while other absorb language and vocabulary when they do talk, the amaze everyone with rich language in long complete sentences….maybe the human species can only make advancements in one direction at a time? Social development must be the direction currently while other areas of development seem to be lagging…hopefully the intellectual analysis and response to the natural world will kick in before it’s too late. Hey – grassing at straws and any explanation for insane behavior patterns HAHA
            Smiles to ya’ and take care

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 22 2019 2:14 pm

            Smiles back at you too. It is difficult to have sensible conversations on the social media. People get huffy about tiny details. If you’re not nodding in agreement and chanting ‘awesome’ in unison, they think you’re being insulting.
            People only ever understand a culture when they’re part of it, so tourism is a useless waste of time. We only know the face of a country it chooses to present to the world, and the face the US presents is not a very nice one. Having said that, very few countries give a good account of themselves.
            I was listening to an academic on the radio today (we don’t have a TV) who said that we have to stop treating the environment as a s separate problem. It’s as much an economic and social problem and until we sort ourselves out, change our lifestyles and our expectations, there’s no point doing the recycling of plastics and glass, not eating meat etc. Maybe one day Greta Thunberg will rule the world and save humanity.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2019 2:18 pm

            Sensibly said. That radio show is right on target. Sigh.

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 22 2019 2:46 pm

            It needs more humane leaders than we have, I fear, who aren’t in hock to big business.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2019 4:30 pm

            It’s not just the leaders. There’s so much stress and anger among the general population everywhere. There has to be a general shift and not sure how to accomplish that. That Age of Aquarius seems so far away and even less possible

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 23 2019 6:51 am

            Funny you should mention that. There’s a cry of alarm here from the staff of all those places that deal with the public, from schools and hospitals to old people’s homes. They are alarmed at the increase in violence, patients whacking nurses with crutches, old ladies stabbing one another with knitting needles, attempted suffocation, the works. It’s getting out of control, the anger that doesn’t know where to direct itself.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 23 2019 7:38 am

            OH, my. There, too. No impulse control, seeing violence as an answer to even name calling and insults, explosive responses. And it seems no one seems to be seriously considering or condemning this behavioral shift. Shame does have a practical function for humans. Something’s going on
            You know those old movies about how some undetected virus infects people/ weird chemical in the water or ground that slips in from space? It is a sort of madness spreading. Could be Mother Nature has decided she’s had enough of this species and is taking care of the annoying ones? (maybe not so funny?)

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          • Jane Dougherty / Jul 23 2019 7:56 am

            I know it happens often in hospitals, when people decide they’ve been waiting too long, but in old people’s homes???? And only one in five of the aggressors had behavioural problems!

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  10. D. Wallace Peach / Jul 19 2019 11:45 am

    Great summer post. And what a wonderful bit of music. Wow. Those spoons are amazing. Thanks!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2019 3:31 pm

      Isolated relate summers offered up the chance to try things you might not be willing/able to do back home during the rest of the year…like playing spoons or a washboard or being instructed on how to find water for a well using a elm switch. After summer was over you could go back and hit the library and try to find explanations for what you stumbled on to – like fairies, trolls, or enchanted forests? No better place to lay groundwork for stories and tales?
      Thanks for stopping by to chat for a bit

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  11. shoreacres / Jul 19 2019 6:34 pm

    Abby! The Spoon Lady! I didn’t know anyone else around knew Abby. She’s a wonder, for sure.
    And here’s some news you can use. I’ll spare you the details of how I found this out, but here’s the deal: the grape soda we grew up drinking? Grapette? The original recipe is being bottled and sold again at Walmart, under the names Sam’s Choice Grapette. The original orange is available, too.

    As for watermelon, when my dad started dating my mom, he apparently wanted to impress her, so he told her the story of he and some friends stealing a watermelon. She asked a question or two, and then asked some more, and then informed him he had stolen that watermelon from her grandfather.
    Oops!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2019 6:58 pm

      We drank Nehi grape (Walmart also sells that brand, too) They originally owned RC Cola. Always a tough decision whether to get Big Red or grape. The store had one of those big tall ice cooler with real ice and lots of frigid water to slosh around in until you found the right drink. We sat at the store and drank the sodas there so we did’t have to pay deposit – or bring back the bottles (Hmmm an old idea that kept things returned and in the right spot)
      Who couldn’t love the Spoon Lady? Dad used to play spoon sometimes – drove mom crazy as she was just more the concert violinist as apposed to fiddle player HAHA.
      What a melon story! Talk about building up an uphill road to climb.
      Thanks for adding a chilly comment

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  12. Beth / Jul 20 2019 6:24 am

    You’re making me miss my cousins, and the nothing we’d do together to keep ourselves entertained while the older relatives would gather around in the backyard to talk while sipping iced tea in the Texas heat. I still remember fashioning dolls from sticks and monkey grass, because I’d left a prized Barbie behind. Of course, we were city folk, but we still managed to be left alone outside, chasing fireflies, and rolling around on the grass.

    I just love this memory you shared and painted, and LOVE the music. Two more months of summer to go! Time to grab ice tea, sit on the porch, and long for the sound of cicadas in the evening.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 20 2019 1:50 pm

      And lemonade! (never a fan of sweet tea…talk about making you feel you teeth rotting in real time they way my mom made it…which was funny considering how much she kept sugar from us)
      Cranking your own ice cream (it takes forever, but it’s a chilly process, and it keeps kids busy). The grass we didn’t roll in as there wasn’t much grass – but plenty of sticky burrs.
      It is the time of year to sit out in the evening and soak in the summer experience
      Thanks for sit-in’ down to chat a bit

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  13. The Hook / Jul 21 2019 4:42 am

    Sorry it’s been so long, old friend, but it’s good to be back here.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2019 9:40 am

      No problema. Happy to know you’re being with the ones you’re with and doin’ what is important (blogging falls way down the priority list of real life)
      Thanks for slipping in when you can

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