Life is full of secrets, some important some totally trivial-think middle school crushes. I’ve always enjoyed being in on a secret, you know being part of the inner circle.
Truth be told, there are secrets I’ve kept for over 20 years. I take delight in knowing I was faithful to the person who trusted me, even though revealing most of the secrets wouldn’t matter after so much time has passed.
A few secrets are common in Appalachia, such as:
Ramp patches. Folks take ramps serious. You’d never want the location of your best ramp patch to get out for fear someone would beat you to the spring delicacy.
Favorite fishing holes are also kept close to the vest. The Deer Hunter has a few buddies who almost stoop to blindfolding their guests to protect their secret fishing spots.
Hunting Ginseng is a common practice in my area. My brother, Steve, use to sell it to make extra money when he was in high school. All my life I’ve heard folks claim to know the secret location to the mother load of Ginseng-of course they aren’t willing to share that knowledge.
Back in the day, before kids, The Deer Hunter and I did lots of riding horses and camping. One memorable trip we camped in Transylvania County, NC, way back in the mountains.
It was about mid-week and we hadn’t seen a soul since we’d been there. We were riding single file up an old roadbed that had weeds as high as the horses’ withers when suddenly we heard 2 sharp whistles, one off the side of the mountain, and one on the ridge above us.
Just as I was about to wonder aloud who it was-The Deer Hunter turned both horses sharply around and headed back the way we had come at a good trot. As we reached the bottom of the mountain, he finally stopped to explain. The whistles were used as warning signals by folks who were tending their pot beds-definitely a secret I’d rather not be in on.
I’ve saved the best secret until last. This week’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen Spot is Secret Agent Man. Paul and Guitar Man do some amazing flat top guitar picking in it-I know you’ll like it!
Hope you enjoyed the song! So are you a good secret keeper?