What stupid/crazy/fun thing(s) did you do as a kid that would get a kid into trouble/arrested today?
We used to play army. I used to carry my pocket knife with me to school.
part 2. My uncle had a huge retired plow horse and we would all sit on the fence waiting for him to come close enough and then leap onto his back and ride him around till he got close to another fence so we could get off. One summer I discovered my cousin's box of comics in the attic (he was at war in Vietnam, where he eventually died) and we formed a superhero league. We practiced being superheroes all day, leaping off the roof of the house (one kid broke an arm), teasing an enormous black bull we called King Kong into chasing us all over the pasture (it's a wonder no one was killed), trying to mind control angry dogs, and all kinds of other crazy dangerous stuff I don't recall. Those summers are the most treasured days of my youth. I learned far more in those unsupervised explorations than I ever learned in school.read more collapse
We lived back east and as soon as school let out I would get on the bus with my grandmother and head to rural Alabama to spend one month each on the farms with her three sisters. I'd take off my shoes on the bus and not put them back on till I went home. I went to Vacation Bible School at the black churches because the white churches wouldn't let me in without shoes and the black churches welcomed me barefoot. So all my summer friends were black. This was in the 60's, a time of great racial unrest, and my friends and I couldn't understand what all the trouble was about. We would leave after breakfast and come back at sunset for dinner and roam the countryside with our dogs all day. There was a swimming hole which you got into by sitting on the bank and sliding in, and got out of by climbing up the dangling tree branches. There was a water moccasin nest under an overhang but they mostly left us alone. tbcread more collapse
@thepenrod: I know, it's kind of hilarious. I have led a blessed life, full of adventure and happiness, but plenty of turbulence as well. I wouldn't call it Hallmark, there was plenty of darkness. I just prefer to hold onto the light. On the Faith Films thing, I'm I don't adhere to any religion. My family rule growing up was that we had to go to church every week, but it could be any church we wanted. Since I am contrary and curious by nature, I tried to go to every different kind of church I could find. In the south it was always Baptist churches because that's what was around. But in school I made friends with foreign exchange students so I could wangle an invitation to their churches. It made for a very broad religious upbringing, which gave me a rich spiritual belief system but fealty to no particular sect.read more collapse
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