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BJF - When Family, Friends were wrapped around each other

Kentucky Color: Click on headline for complete column with poem, 'When Family and Friends were wrapped around each other,' and photo

By Billy Joe Fudge

Finally, a real, honest to goodness, Great Wooded South snow event. And I'm loving it.

I am really happy for my 1996 snow shovel to be back to the task for which it was created. Sadly, to justify it's room and board during the last 15 years or so, it has been pressed into duty as a bulk mulch loader during the Spring. Looks as if it may be doing double duty in 2015 since my landscaping is due another dose of mulch.


I am also surely tickled for young folk who have had to endure, with nary a smidgeon of evidence to fuel their weakened faith, a steady stream of "winters ain't what they used to be" stories from adults.
When Family & Friends were wrapped around each other
by Billly Joe Fudge

Mostly though, I wax nostalgic for those days:
when family and friends were wrapped around each other in tight-knit,
walking-distance communities,
when we all had the best-interest of others at heart,
when we went to the root cellar and the smoke house instead of pushing and shoving at the grocery,
when we could drive the tractor or ride a mule or walk to the closest store for a pack of Lucky Strikes or a twist of Mammoth Cave or vanilla or coal oil,
when popcorn was shuffled back and forth in a covered pan to prevent scorching on the top of the sheet-iron stove,
when sorghum molasses were mixed with popcorn to make the ultimate can't get out of the house treat,
when homemade fudge was spooned into cold water to see if it was ready to set on the back porch to cool and harden,
when neighbors would trudge through cold and snow to play Rook and Checkers while the kids played Hide and Seek, Hide the Thimble and I Spy, and oh yes, did I mention,
"when family and friends were wrapped around each other...?
Scroll down for links to past Kentucky Color columns by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry


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KY Color: Snow shovel returns to intended duty



2015-02-17 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry.
"I am really happy for my 1996 snow shovel to be back to the task for which it was created. Sadly, to justify it's room and board during the last 15 years or so, it has been pressed into duty as a bulk mulch loader during the Spring. Looks as if it may be doing double duty in 2015 since my landscaping is due another dose of mulch," writes Billy Joe Fudge.

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