Some Things Don't Change

boys will be boys...

Boys will be Boys" they always say. I guess I've heard that all my life and yet I think it is used sometimes just to cover lots of things that little boys just do to amuse themselves at any particular time. While little girls like to play with their dolls, little boys like to run and jump, pickup sticks and throw things, they like to climb trees, and wade in a creek while looking for crawdads. Sometimes little boys worry their mothers to death so to speak with all they get into. Oftentimes they don’t see the need to alert mom each time they get tired doing one thing and begin to do something else. Little boys just like to seek out all the adventures of life – in other words, boys will be boys.

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fast little critters...
fast little critters...

you have to outsmart him...

A few years ago when my daughter and her family were visiting, we had occasion to picnic at a familiar park that had been built around a popular creek where I used to play as a young boy. While the ladies were busy about getting the food ready for the meal the grandkids and I meandered down to the creek to see what all was happening there. We watched the ducks and geese for a while as they played in the little pools of water and heard the splash as a bullfrog jumped back into the water. Then my youngest grandson noticed it as it dashed under a rock in the stream. “What was that papaw,” he said, and before I could answer his older brother said, “It's just a crawdad.” You can probably guess the next question from the younger… “Can I catch him papaw?” “You have to outsmarting him to catch him," I said. And before you could say Jackie Robinson, he was in the creek and the other boys were right behind him.

a big bullfrog...
a big bullfrog...

you gota sneakup on him...

“I can't see them now papaw," he said, "the waters too dirty." I just laughed and said, "you have to start downstream and walk against the current, taking your time and watching your step." I tried to explain that as you walk in the water each step muddies up the water a little and it takes a few minutes to clear. If you always walk upstream against the current, the water in front of you is undisturbed and you can see just which rock they dart under. So they all scampered out of the water and ran down the creek bank a ways then waded back out into the creek. "You have to take your time and sneak up on them, you gota’ outsmart ‘em," I reminded them wondering all the while if they were picking up on anything I was telling them.

"I'm havin' too much fun..."

The little girls had rum back to the shelter looking for something to put all the crawdads in that the boys were going to catch. Those kids were having the time of their life that afternoon when we finally heard my daughter call for everyone to come and wash up. I called to the boys saying the ladies are ready for us all to come and eat, but the youngest grandson answering said, "not now papaw, I'm havin' too much fun," but I insisted because I was getting a little hungry. As we all gathered round the table for the blessing my daughter looked at her youngest, who looked like he didn't have a dry stitch on him; then looked at me and in puzzlement said, "dad" and I just snickered and said, "boys will be boys"...

© 2012 SamSonS

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Oddly enough I did sometimes get into the crawdad thing because a local creek supposedly had some. we waded into the creek but never really caught any.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hey dahoglund, good to see you again and thanks for responding. Around here all the 'boys' catch crawdads, no matter what their age...


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Those were the best years of my life, when my seven children each had their own inventions on how to catch the most crawdads. We went boating and camping every summer. But it wouldn't have nearly as fun without those little critters. Wish I could go back : ).

I love your hub. Vote up+

Kay


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you so much Kay for stopping by and reading my latest entry. I agree, the grandkids take our minds back to a simpler time, our childhood and I too would like to return while still maintaining all my present knowledge. It's good to dream and reminisce; appreciate your nice accolades...


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samsons1: You do know how to bring back good old memories long forgotten. Thank you. And by the way, those crawdads or crayfish make great bait for bass and pike and even pickerel.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Well, chalk another one up to history. Boys will be boys, but time waits fore no man!


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks Dave for you kind words and yes, I do realize that a good ole large-mouth bass will dart across the lake for a chance at a large crawdad. Never fished for pike or pickerel but I'll certainly take your word for it. Hey, you may have hit on a subject for my next hub...


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hey lifegate, appreciate you taking the time and also for your comments which are so true. The old clock on the wall is ticking for us all...


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

I remember as young child outsmarting those little critters. Grandmother taught the basics then my half brothers and I were on our own. There were many times in the early years we left empty handed because of the quickly muddy mess the water became.

In the years which followed if I didn't catch them or something else I went without dinner. It wasn't as fun then. Never did use them for bait, may have eaten better if I had.

The majority of my friends and followers are business people, however I was told to mix things up on my fan page so will SHARE it there. The way I see it many were boys once too, and might enjoy reading this wonderful article.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you so much wheelinallover for your visit and your wonderful share. I love to reminisce with those that share in their comments. You are most gracious with your nice remarks and I appreciate your sharing as well as your nice accolades...


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I was a tom boy so that was fun for me too and I lived in the swamps looking for developing frog eggs going through the whole process. Too bad it didn't turn me into a scientist, lol. It was a hundred wonders I wasn't snake bitten or eaten by a gator! Sometimes I fell asleep in the warm sun being so absorbed watching little tadpoles growing legs! Great fun read! All the votes.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much Jackie for sharing your kind reminisce- You know, I've wondered the same thing! As kids we played hard and never even thought of the perils around us. Years later this same area was dammed up to form a lake for city recreation and while working as a life guard we caught or killed ten copperheads the first summer season...


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

My older brother and his friend used to have to take me with them to go crawdad hunting in the irrigation ditch for our neighborhood. I never caught any...and I remember theirs being little tiny ones. Pleasant hub and video here. Thank you much!


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks frogyfish for taking your time to visit for a spell as well as commenting on three of my hubs. Everyone loves feedback and when one takes the time to visit your site and make multiple comments on a variety of hubs I think you are to be commended, so thanks and also for sharing your kind reminisce about your own childhood


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks frogyfish for taking your time to visit for a spell as well as commenting on three of my hubs. Everyone loves feedback and when one takes the time to visit your site and make multiple comments on a variety of hubs I think you are to be commended, so thanks and also for sharing your kind reminisce about your own childhood...


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Some Things Don't Change so true about life and experiences a well written hub and so interesting and adventurous


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samsons1 3 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you so much for your kind words and visit. Hope all things are well for you...;)

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