Water from grapevine by the creek
“When we were kids I remember the water dripping out of the grapevines when we broke them, hunting for a old big one to swing on…Don’t remember for sure drinking the water in the Springtime though. Do remember riding our bikes down an old dirt road after school in the Fall and seeing the ripening grapes, eating them and filling “chock full” the basket on the bike! If I remember Mom loved them and sent us back to hunt more and she made a run of jelly. We barely got enough for eating them on the way back home! When I was in 7th or 8th grade I was introduced to grapevine smoking. We cut a bunch of small pieces and dried them a day or so…Most of the time where we had played their were broken pieces laying about that was already dried or drying….They made a lot of smoke…guess due to the previous water that had been drying in the hollow stems. Boy, oh boy did we think we had one on our parents…Nope, Mom said she could smell smoke on our clothes…remember this wasn’t a tobacco smell. More like a campfire smell. She warned us that if she caught us playing with any matches she would wear us out…and she meant it too!”
—B. Ruth – 2016
Pap taught me about water coming out of grapevines and he told me stories about him and his buddies trying to smoke grapevine cuttings like B. Ruth did when he was a boy.