Tuesday, November 8, 2011
My father told me about catching bumblebees, tying strings to their legs to tether them, and watching them fly in circles around his head. My mother showed me how to hook two violets together and play tug-of-war. Parents and grandparents taught me about the sweet drops in the center of honeysuckle blossoms. Visiting my uncles' farm, I saw the giant green "tobacco worm" caterpillars that live on tobacco plants, and saw my grandmother cooking on a wood stove.
Although she was born decades earlier and on the other side of the Atlantic, Flora Thompson's stories of her childhood and youth remind me of the stories I heard from my parents and grandparents.