Today’s guest post was written by Ed Ammons.
Did you ever stick two feathers in a corncob so it would spin when you throw it?
Did you ever make popsicle stick guns?
Did you ever make balls out of worn out socks because you couldn’t afford real ones?
Did you ever put a gallon plastic Clorox jug in the freezer with the lid off then take it out and close it tight so when it warmed up it would puff up and you could use it for a football?
Did you ever make a pipe out of a corncob and a piece of rabbit cane?
Did you ever smoke rabbit tobacco?
Did you ever bury your brother in a pile of chicken manure then gash his head with the shovel trying to dig him out because you thought he was going to suffocate?
Did you ever singe a chicken with a burning paper bag after you picked it?
Did you ever pull the tendons on a cut off chicken foot to make the toes curl?
Did you ever have an egg fight with raw eggs?
Did you ever pull pig weeds?
Did you ever make your own black powder?
Did you ever eat wild cucumbers?
Did you ever take a bath in the creek and use sand to scour your rusty elbows?
Did you ever step on a nail and have soak your foot in hot water with Epsom salts in so you don’t get blood poison or lockjaw?
Did you ever try to make wine from huckleberries?
Did you ever have a wire stretched from the hillside on one side of the holler to the other to use as a radio aerial?
Did you ever walk across the high bridge over the little Tennessee? On the girders underneath!
Did you ever ride a little cable car across the Little Tennessee at the Water Gauge when they forgot to lock it up?
Did you ever play Taps on an assembly of used brass plumbing pipes?
Did you ever play roll-a-bat?
Did the coon and bear dogs back on the mountain keep you awake at night?
Did you ever make your own pulling rope with a handle to pull in firewood?
Did you ever have your own ax? Did all the boys have their own?
Did you ever make a cat’s cradle? A Jacob’s ladder?
Did you ever unravel twine from feed sacks and twist it up to make yourself a rope?
Did you ever promise your Daddy you would quit sucking your thumb if he would quit smoking? Did you stick to your end of the bargain but Daddy couldn’t?
Did you ever have a horse named Penny that was the color of a brand new penny?
Did you ever have a sweet natured horse ‘til you tried to ride her?
Did you ever whistle for your horse and she would come running?
Did you ever worry that the Russians would drop an Atomic bomb on Fontana Dam and you would be incinerated?
Did you ever call the people that were forced out when Fontana reservoir filled up Dam people?
Did you ever bust a pillow and have feathers all over the room?
Did you ever see something white move passed the kitchen window?