Autumn Comes and Autumn Goes

Funny how these fall days bring back memories from fifty-some years ago.

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Every day after school we children (there were seven of us) changed into work clothes and did the chores. There was the solemn cow to milk and a hutch full of pretty rabbits to feed. (They were too pretty to eat, i always felt.) The boys usually did those jobs. On good fall days some of us went to the peanut patch on the south side of the garden where Daddy had dug the plants weeks before and turned them upside down to dry. As the weather began to get nippy and a few hard frosts had crisped the vines up, we’d stand out there and pick the peanuts from the roots. Then we spread them on newspapers in the utility room to dry completely. On Sunday evenings we often laid tin foil on top of the wood stove and roasted a few bowls full of peanuts still in the shells to eat with popcorn.

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We children played games while we worked together, most often “My Ship’s A’Sailin’ In.” That was a word guessing game, made possible by begging clues from the person who was “It.”

What a glad and memorable day it was when Daddy brought home a battery-powered cassette recorder and we could take it out to the peanut patch with us. We laid it carefully on the ground a safe distance from the falling dirt and would play the only cassette we had, which was the original album of The Gospel Echoes.We quickly learned the songs by heart and began singing the next song before the tape got to it. Need I say that we turned the volume all the way up?

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Today, I’m again walking around with music whenever and wherever I want it, only now its riding in my pocket, playing from my radio app on my phone.

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Funny, how these balmy fall days remind me of this. It feels like peanut weather, I guess.

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Some things never change, but some do, and wisdom teaches us when its time to embrace the changes and when its better to hang on to the old. Take the volume on the radio, for example. Wisdom says, “Turn it – _____________.” (Haha. I’ll let you fill in the blank on this one.)

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