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Back in the late fifties entertainment was where you found it. In the hot August days just before school, it did not take much to entertain us. By that time the red wasps were so wound up that if you went anywhere close to their nest, they would attack. I think it was the hot sultry days of Dog Days, but it could also be that by that time they were tired of being picked on. We had a ready supply of corn cobs at our disposal and by that time the crops were not needing attention. Benny and Kenny Nowell, my brother Benny and I would gather a quantity of cobs to use as weapons.Getting stung was unpleasant, but the one with the most stings at the end of the day had bragging rights. We were careful not to let Granny catch us throwing cobs at the wasps. She would give us hell and then if were stung, she would cover the sting with her snuff. I don’t know if that helped the sting or the wet spit took our mind off the pain. Grandpa liked for us to knock the nests down, for it helped him not to be stung so often. Any way we had a grand old time fighting the wasps.This was my grandfather’s barn that he built in 1957. It still stands today, but is in bad condition.

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I was born in Henry county Alabama near the McKay Store community. We moved to Headland in 1956 where I attended school. and graduated high school in 1968.In 1971 I married Sheila Miller and we moved to Mobile, Alabama where I attended the Univ. of South Alabama. After recieving a BFA degree we moved back to Cowarts, Alabama where we started a family consisting of two daughters. In 1976 we opened C & S Signs and continue to operate the shop today

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  • Keala
    Keala9 months ago

    This is really cute!

  • Thanks Keala.

    – Charles Sims

  • vigor
    vigor9 months ago

    This is a wonderful childhood memory and you are so right how we just would find our entertainment, we didn’t have to be entertained by anything but our imaginations. This is the stuff real memories are made of.
    3-19-14

  • Thanks vigor.

    – Charles Sims

  • vigor
    vigor9 months ago

    3-24-14

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    vigor9 months ago

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  • MotherNature
    MotherNature9 months ago

    This is a wonderful, happy slice of real life! Congratulations on your feature in Just For You – FAVE:>)

  • Thanks MotherNature.

    – Charles Sims

  • Keala
    Keala9 months ago

  • Thanks for the votes.

    – Charles Sims

  • RickDavis
    RickDavis9 months ago

    This Is SUPERB!!!!

    Rick

  • thank you, Rick.

    – Charles Sims

  • vigor
    vigor9 months ago

    Congrats on your top 10 challenge win!!!

  • thank you vigor, much appreciated

    – Charles Sims

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