The Old Pear Tree

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Vector drawing of golden field and trees during sunset with birds flying in the sky.

Getting through a barbed wire fence was always easier for Robin than it was for Mike. Rob deftly lifted or squeezed the wires just right and quickly slipped through without a hitch.

Even though Mike and Robin were only 9 or 10 at the time, Mike’s navigation through a barbed wire fence resembled a 90 year old doing the limbo. In spite of the extra caution and time he took, Mike invariably got snagged on one of the barbs.

Robin lived on a farm, but Mike was a “city boy”. Didn’t matter that the “city” only had about 5,000 people in it, Mike lived “ in town,” which made him “city.” Things that seemed ordinary to Robin were often either great adventures or daunting trials for Mike.

As always, with a snicker or two, Rob patiently waited for Mike. He could have been cruel, given the disparity in their skills, and, of course, he had to give Mike a hard time now and then. But, overall, at least in his dealings with his buddy Mike, Rob had a sweet patience beyond his years.
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This post was submitted by Mike Strong.

Water Moccasin Ye Ha!

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Water Moccasin (AKA Cotton Mouth)

Water Moccasin (AKA Cotton Mouth)

Growin’ up in Carthage, Texas (Northeast Texas in the piney woods) in the early 1960’s, a boy is eventually going to run into the infamous Cotton Mouth snake, also known as a Water Moccasin.

Back in the 1960’s, your dad could just call one of his many friends to ask if his boys could hunt on some of their land, which was normally hundreds of acres of sweet, pine wooded forests. The answer was invariably, “Sure, Jimmy!” In no time, kids would be off on another big adventure.
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This post was submitted by Mike Strong.