Playing in the Woods, Behind Our Home
By Kharla Jolly
East Tawas, Michigan
September 25, 2017 1:40pm CST
As a child growing up, my favorite place to venture was into the thick woods, right behind our house. No, it didn't belong to my parents, but every child in the neighborhood, liked to play back in that beautiful forest. It was owned by an elderly couple, who lived in this community all their lives. When my parents built their home in 1958, they bought two large lots from this fella and most of the building supplies, came from the same man's building center. What a blessing, living in a relatively safe town, with wild-life all around us! White-tailed deer, birds, turkeys, squirrels, chipmunks, toads, to name a few The skunks don't count!:(
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• Green Bay, Wisconsin
@kobesbuddy I think they do here too. I've only seen one once. We were on our way home from Grandma's and we saw one - alive - on the side of the road. We were very happy it didn't spray us as we passed it. Even though we never saw one otherwise, their distinctive scent let you know they were around.
• Gainesville, Florida
I grew up on the outskirts of our city, and was lucky to also have a nice forest behind our property. I practically grew up in those woods, with my brother, neighborhood friends and I always exploring the area! We also liked to build lots of tree forts as well!
• Gainesville, Florida
@kobesbuddy I agree! My friends and I would literally spend the entire day exploring the woods, and our parents would get so mad because they would have to try and track us down in the woods to tell us it was time to come home for dinner. Otherwise, we probably would have just stayed out there all night! lol
• East Tawas, Michigan
@moffittjc This sounds so familiar! My mother wouldn't come into the woods, she was afraid of snakes. So, us kids would stay just out of ear range, then claim we didn't here her hollaring:) When it started getting dark, I'd be afraid and head for home!
• United States
My father built our house on a double lot. We had the woods behind us and played with the neighborhood kids there all the time. I even had my own little ice skating oasis in the pond, more swamplike, but frozen water nevertheless in the winter. lol iIt was so safe back then that we never had to lock our doors.