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first_img Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 2:00 am Saturday, June 13, 2015 By Jaine Treadwell In my childhood days, we invented things to play. We made up the games, the rules and the penalties and we carried them out.One of our favorite things to play was fighting.There were two kinds of fighting. The fighting we planned and the fighting that just erupted. That was the best kind. By Blood Sugar Blaster Skip Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Latest Stories The Bible says in all things be thankful.I’m not sure the Lord had sandspurs clinging to his jeans and scratching his legs when he said that.When you get a little age on you, bending over to detach sandspurs can cause you to be a bit woozy. So, maybe the dizziness brought back the memories or maybe it was the tilt of my memory box but, either way, the memories stood as clear as if it were yesterday. Print Article Email the author Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Betty Kay and I were riding the horse one day and Jimmy and Preston Darby wanted to ride but we wouldn’t get off. After a long time, we took Lightning back to the barn. When I was taking the saddle off, Jimmy ambushed me. He jumped down on me from the hayloft, knocked me flat on my back and started beating me in the stomach with both of his fists.Dora, my adopted grandmother, came running out to save me. She pulled Jimmy off me and gave him a shake. “You ain’t supposed to hit girls!”Jimmy hollered, “She’s ain’t a girl!”Well, I was a girl. But if I could have twisted my arm around far enough to kiss my elbow and turn into a boy, I would have knocked his head off.The fights that just erupted were real fights. But the “wars” we planned weren’t too rough unless they erupted.We’d war with pinecones, pecans, corncobs and BB guns that didn’t pack much power.But the best weapons were sandspurs. We’d gather up a big handful of the long-stemmed sandspurs. The rule was that you could only hit people on the backside and everything was fair game — the head, the hair, the back and the bare legs.Let somebody whack you on the back with a sandspur and see how it feels.Those old pricks cling to your shirt and stick in you every time you move. If you get hit on the legs, it brings the blood and, if sandspurs get in your hair, they’ll still be there when you die.It was those days of war and truce that memory brought back to me as I picked sandspurs out of my jeans on that hot, late summer day.Standing there, I gave thanks for sandspurs because, for just a minute or two, I was back again with my friends, Betty Kay, Jimmy and Preston Darby.They are all gone now. Oh, how I miss them.Come to think of it, I wonder if there are sandspurs in heaven. If there are, the Good Lord might be picking them out of his jeans after all. Always thankful Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration We erupted a lot – me, my friend Betty Kay and my cousin Jimmy.Betty Kay and I fought like cats. We scratched, pulled hair, pinched, kicked and sometimes we’d bite each other. And we would fight over anything or nothing.Mama said we’d be in the bed asleep and the next thing she knew we’d be fightin’ like tigers, right there in the middle of the bed.But, Jimmy and me, we did real fighting like ol’ Joe Lewis — with our fists. We’d hit each other in the mouth and punch each other in the stomach. And, like Popeye we fought “to the finich.” You Might Like GALERIES GALORE: Olszyk, Wedderspoon exhibits open at Johnson Center Messenger Photo/Jaine TreadwellKelly Olszyk’s paintings have their beginnings in the stories of life as told in black and white. Then… read more Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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