Let’s go back to the good old days

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There are a lot of things that are difficult to find today as opposed to my growing up years.

A recent column focused on where have all the plum trees gone?

Let’s add briar berries and mulberries to that question.

Youngsters who played outside in earlier days from sunlight to sundown always knew where to find mulberries and briar berries.

Some folks today call them blackberries, but the ones we picked came off plants with briars.

They grew wild and abundant along railroad tracks.

I wonder today why no one ever got sick from eating them, because of all the chemicals used by the railroad to kill growth along the tracks.

There was always a sprawling mulberry tree in the neighborhood that provided the sweet mulberries in the summer.

The juice from the mulberry also left a stain on one’s fingers that had to wear off. It could not be washed off.

I haven’t seen a mulberry tree in years and briar berries also seem to have slipped away.

Once there was a sassy ol’ mockingbird that frequented the mulberry tree in our backyard.

Apparently, it used the tree for a nest during the spring and early summer days. It was difficult to climb the tree and search for the berries with the bird dive-bombing in defense of its territory.

Finally, one day, the ol’ bird was greeted with a BB from a Red Ryder BB gun.

My mama discoverded the punishment and made me bury the bird in a shoebox right there in the back yard.

It also earned me a rearend whuppin’ I can remember today.

The pains of growing up years are often hard for a young’un to understand.

Skinned knees, a bloody nose and broken bones are also among the perils of growing up.

But, we survived it all.

Mulberries, plums and briar berries did not.

Now, let’s add dirt roads. They too have become almost a relic in today’s world.

We don’t see calendars on the wall in homes today.

How about bicycle racks at schools?

Youngsters today either ride the bus or have a personal ride to and from school.

All is not bad, because there is one thing you see today that would have had no place in my generation.

A police car parked each day at public schools.

This is something that should have been resolved at home and never should have reached the school grounds.

William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at wnh9326@gmail.com.

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