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The Joy of a Swing

Veler Marcus: Daddy would make us rope swings. Tie a rope in a loop on a limb in the yard where our shade trees were. Then he’d fix us a board for a seat. Notch the board so it wouldn’t turn us out. You had to be careful or it would turn you out and you would get hurt. Helen Nichols: I can remember once having a swing made with an automobile tire. One long rope tied onto an oak…

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cocoa powder in spoon
Appalachia children

Pretend Tobacco

“My granny dipped snuff.  She washed out a snuff tin and cut me a toothbrush.  She mixed cocoa powder and…

Chatter and Chitter
Appalachia children

Fee Fum foe Fie

She called out to them, “Fee, fum, foe, fie. All’s not ready holler I.” “Not I! Not I!” they screamed…