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If you go swim in the Blue Hole and drown - (A True Story from my childhood)

Updated on October 16, 2016

My Paternal Grand Parents

My Grand Parents on their Wedding day
My Grand Parents on their Wedding day | Source

The Blue Hole

My grandmother (Mammaw) was the most loving grandparent that anyone could possibly have.

I never saw Mammaw angry; never heard her speak ill of anyone or criticize anyone; I never heard an unkind word from her, so you can imagine our surprise when her six grandchildren were all asking if they could go to the 'Blue Hole', Mammaw said "If you go down to the Blue Hole and drown, I'm going to give you a whipping. All six of us were laughing, Mammaw never hit anyone, but we respected her and we all assured her we would not drown.

Mammaw never hit (whipped) anyone, except years later when she was sweeping with a brush broom and my then husband was shooting a BB gun and he shot the mocking bird that would come within a few feet of her. Mammaw began hitting him with the brush broom.


I drew this picture of my grandmother with pencil and crayons from the faded photo above
I drew this picture of my grandmother with pencil and crayons from the faded photo above | Source

Watch out for snakes and Mr. Brackens' bull

It was a hot humid day and it must have been a Sunday because we didn't have to work in the fields and we kids had fed the animals, and now we were free to do whatever.

Mammaw reluctantly told us we could go, with stern warnings about watching for snakes and Mr. Brackens' bull.

Me, my brothers, Darrell and Tony, Cousins Lester, Shirley and Shelby headed out for the Blue Hole, about a half mile from the house. We walked down the dirt road toward the neighboring farm.

My grandparent's neighbor, Mr. Brackens had a big Brahma bull and sometimes he turned it loose in the pasture between the dirt road and the Blue Hole. We would have to cross the pasture if we wanted to take the short cut, but if the bull was in the pasture we would have to walk around the pasture along the fence line.

That particular day the bull was not there and we crawled under the barbed wire fence passed the persimmon trees and along the creek that fed into the Blue Hole.

Watching the Tadpoles

I don't think we intended to go swimming, none of us had a bathing suit.

The Blue Hole was a pond where many people went swimming or fishing. It was on Mr. Brackens' farm and he let everyone know that he didn't mind who enjoyed it.

The Blue Hole seems smaller now that I am writing about it. But it seemed enormous at that time, with water so clear that you could see the fish in it and the blue sky gave it a blue hue. There was a huge flat rock at the deep end; it was used to dive off of. At the shallow end was sand and pea size gravel, and grass along the sides, which Mr. Brackens kept mowed.

I was squatting near the edge on one side watching the tadpoles and minnows.

I must have been hypnotized

I must have been hypnotized, because I don't remember hitting the water.

Then I was at the house and did not remember how I got there. Mammaw had been crying. I asked what happened, why was Mammaw crying.

I was told that Lester had said to my brother Tony, who was about four years old, "wouldn't it be funny to dump Shyron in the Blue Hole?" So my little brother came up behind me and dumped me into water. The other kids were all in a panic when I didn't come to the surface.

They told me, everyone talking at once, how Lester dived in and pulled me out and thinking I had drowned threw me over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes and took me to the house.

I think that was the last time we visited the Blue Hole. Nope! I have to take that back. I remember another time I was standing at the shallow end and looked down in the water at the tiny little snake with white streak around the mouth, when we told Mammaw about it, we were not allowed to go there anymore.


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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing.

      I have not seen the e-mail yet, have not read any in a long time, not enough time in a day.

      I worked outside until I could not take it anymore, then come in for a bit and bite then go back out.

      I hope you are staying out of the heat, and that all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      C E Clark 21 months ago from North Texas

      This is the time of year when it's so horrible hot that people like to go and have a swim in the creek or a lake nearby. A good story for the summertime, but I sure am glad it turned out well so that we all have these wonderful stories to read. Sharing.

      Sent you an email about 3-4 days ago. Wonder if you got it . . . sent it from Pinterest.

      98 degrees today and it's still pretty close to that. Hope you spent most of your time inside where it was cool.

      Blessings to you dear one. You deserve a break and hope you get some during this awful heat. I think about you, and how the heat, and probably the brightness of the sun contributes too, to your headaches. I hope that isn't happening . Getting up to 100 and will stay there 'til Hell freezes over and that isn't going to be soon here in Texas. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Julie, thank you for the comment.

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      Julie 21 months ago

      Good story written well.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, my dear friend for the votes up, pin to AH, post on FB and for sharing.

      I hope it does not get hotter than it has been.

      We are doing better than I thought we would be..

      I hope it is cooler for you this week, I know how hard it is to work when you are uncomfortable.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Seems like the hot weather we usually get in mid June to mid August has just arrived a month of so ago, a little late. All this horrid hot weather has made me think of this story of yours about the water hole where you kids used to go to cool off.

      Voting this awesome, pinned to AH, posted on FB, and will share. This coming week is to be another scorcher with no end in the foreseeable future. Hope all is well with you and John. God bless . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you word55, for your kind words, compliment and comments. You are right Lester was a hero, and I am blessed.

      Blessings to you also.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for sharing Au Fait and Hi Shyron, you are a very gifted artist, you did a great job on drawing your grandmother, a very pretty lady as well. Thank God for Lester's heroics. I read this to an elderly lady whom I visit about 3 times a week. I manage her building as well. She really enjoyed the story. She said God was watching over you. I agreed. Be Blessed! :-)

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for re-reading, commenting, pinning, sharing and all that you do. You my dearest friend are a blessing.

      Is it cloudy there it is overcast here and I am getting ready in a few minutes to go out and cut the grass. I know you think I am not to bright to do that, but I cannot expect hubby to do it by himself.

      Talk to you later, if I don't have a migraine.

      Blessing

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Here we are well into summer again and the time is speeding by. I love the stories you've written about your growing up years and when you were a young adult. You have lots of interesting articles and stories and poems.

      Giving this one another awesome vote and sharing it with my followers. Today is going to be another steamer, so hope you and John are planning to stay in with your feet up. Pinned to AH also.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your visit, comments, votes, pinning and sharing. I really appreciate you. You are such a dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Beth, I really appreciate your reading and commenting on this story, I am so glad that you enjoyed it.

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      Beth Perry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      Thank goodness you made it out of that Blue Hole! Grannies very often know more than children give them credit for.

      Good story; I fully enjoyed it!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I'd give this another read since it's almost swimming time again. We're to have hot weather starting tomorrow and through the weekend. This story reminds me of summer time and I'm so glad it came out well.

      Voted up, AI, and pinned to AH. Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peg for stopping by and for your comment, you are truly appreciated.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh thank goodness your brother was there to help. I had to laugh at your Grandma's admonition before you went to the Blue Hole. That was funny.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for the compliment and the comment. I do appreciate you.

      You are correct; my Grandma did not spank me. I don't remember her ever spanking any of us.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      You are quite an artist too. The picture you drew of your grandmother is excellent. I bet Grandma didn't spank you either.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you lifelovemystery, I appreciate you and your comments.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you moonlake, I really appreciate you.

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      Michelle Orelup 3 years ago from Houston, TX

      Kids can't 'see around corners' and can't predict an outcome until they hear about it or experience. It sounds like everyone learned a lesson that day. I'm glad you were pulled out of the water!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Had to share this story.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for stopping by to leave another comment, and sharing. I really appreciate it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for stopping by to leave another comment, and sharing. I really appreciate it.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Stopped in to read this recollection from your childhood and to admire your incredible talent for drawing! Will share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait my dear friend, thank you for your comments and compliments.

      Moonlake, my friend, thank you for you compliment and comments. My drawings: Most are on canvas stretched and mounted and would not fit in my scanner. I will do some new ones, but don't know how good they will be, I have not done any in some time, life seems to get in the way.

      I am glad you and your cousin got away from the bull. I know when my cousin and I were chasing the piglets and the sow came after us, I was so scared, we ran and climbed over the fence.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      My you should put more of your drawings on very good. Enjoyed your story sounds a lot like what we went through as kids.

      We also had an old bull in the pasture and every time we would try to get to the lake he would run after us. Not seeing him one day we ran for the lake, shortly after we got there he showed up. My cousin and I ran out on a log and I fell in. Luckly it wasn't real deep at least my head was out of the water and the bull gave up on us and wondered away. We ran for home.

      Voted up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for stopping by and for your comments.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au Fait, always appreciate you input/thoughts/comments.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Kathryn, for your comments.

      It was not my time to go. I was the only one who was not scared, I don't remember hitting the water, I just remember waking-up at the house.

      My brother Tony called me yesterday and he was surprised that I wrote about the Blue Hole. And I think he is inspired to draw some cartoons for me to post on here. He is a real artist.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Brett for reading and your compliments and comment.

      I don't know if it is still there, but maybe. I have not been back to Alabama since Mammaw died that was in 1985. I have lots of relatives who live there and may go visit sometime.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, that is a scary experience! I am glad you didn't drown. It must have been a great relief to your family.

      As far as the drawing, that is spectacular! I thought it was a photo, too, I didn't realize until I read the description that it was artwork. You are very talented!

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Yikes, until I read the comments, I though it was an old photo ... not a sketch! You have a real talent.

      A nice story, until the very end. But, at least you were OK and all was well ... except for the blue hole being off limits. Would be fun to go back sometime.

      Pinned, tweeted, up, awesome and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Aunt Jimi for your comments. Yes I was very fortunate that my cousin was there.

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      Aunt Jimi 4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Looks like you're lucky to be with us! Things could have gone differently. Glad you made it! The drawing is awesome too! Voting you up & awesome!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Dia, thank you for reading my hub and for your comment. I don't know about skills, I just draw what I see and I love to color with crayons. I had a drawing of my grandmother at 95 years old. I made a copy of the drawing on the canvas, then ruined it when I went to paint it with oil paint.

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      Dia 4 years ago

      Shyron thanks for sharing this family story. I have not heard this one before. You take drawing skills from your mother. She also enjoyed drawing and writing. I really enjoyed it. :)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Everyone needs to see how talented you are with your drawing on this!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Kids do the craziest things. It's a wonder any of them manage to grow up in one piece sometimes.

      I want to tell you your drawing of your grandmother is amazing! I think you missed your calling -- you ARE an artist.

      Voted up, and awesome and will share this with my followers -- I especially want them to see your incredible drawing.

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