#SOLSC20: Day 12

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I found this idea when browsing previous posts.

Ten kids. During the Depression. One pair of shoes per child.  Of course they went barefoot at home, outside, while doing farm chores.  The extra warmth from the fresh cow pie was appreciated when frost covered the ground.  (Link)

Simpler days

Simpler times


Saving shoes for times away from the farm.


Playing in the pasture

Cautiously not exceeding the boundaries

And yet outside

Free to roam

Free to run

Racing hither and yon

Simpler days.

EWWW!!! Warmth and fresh cow pie?

With the current emphasis on hand washing, that last image does not fit into expected hygienic conditions. Washing feet at the windmill or in the hog trough wouldn’t be “good enough” for germophobes and those anxiousing about coronavirus.

What sensory images did “fresh cow pie” conjure for you?   

What unexpected warmth have you stepped in (with or without shoes)?

When do you leave the “thinking work” to the reader?

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum in March. Check out the writers and readers here.

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6 responses

  1. Ah yes, simpler times. At the risk of embarrassing myself, when we were young my friends and I would walk down to the coal holes behind our houses. On how summer days, if there were puddles in the road we would take off our shoes and walk barefoot through the mud…warm squishy mud.

    1. There was something about the texture of mud. . . and if it was the right consistency that sucking, popping noise as it released your toes! LOL

  2. Yes, simpler times but I am not interested in walking through cow pies or dog pies eit

    1. Anita,
      I agree. Even warm, squishy mud is no longer my cup of tea!

  3. What image does fresh cow pie conjure up? Well, it’s more of an olfactory thing for me rather than a visual. I can smell it! We moved to Lancaster last summer, which has much more farmland around than Harrisburg did. Therefore, I am starting to know the smells that are associated with farm country.

    1. Honey wagons . . . You will know when they have been used. Yes, Stacey, not all images are visual! 🙂

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