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I Was so Young

Updated on August 24, 2018

I think that everyone thinks back to a time in their life as far back as they can remember. Some of those times were good in people’s lives and others not so good. It is, however, those memories that remain with us for the rest of our lives.

For me, that time was in the very early 1950s. I’m not going to say that we were poor, but I will say that we lived far from the rich life. Life is what you make of it, no sense dwelling on the bad times. Everyone has them and through the eyes of a little boy just starting out in life, they can stick in your mind to influence what decisions you make as you enter your adult years.

My very first memory that I can remember is the outhouse. I’m sure that being my first memory will make many people get a chuckle. Remember it is in the Pocono Mountains in the early years of my life. Can you picture a little boy in the middle of the night having to go? Ten degrees below zero, snow on the ground, the wind blowing and you know it’s time to get the flashlight and make the cold seemingly long trek to the outhouse.

Even a little boy can mumble as he opens the outhouse door with fear in his eyes. My worst thought at that early age was that my butt was going to freeze to the outhouse seat and I would be stuck there until my parents woke up in the morning. It is thoughts like that which will make a boy hold it until agony sets in, but at times, nature will win out. Cold, snowy, wind blowing but I was not afraid of the dark. Darkness has never been scary to me. I was more worried about the outhouse demons.

Summertime, when the hot weather would set into the Poconos, would make one think that the trip to the outhouse was not going to be so bad. However with the summer also came spiders, something that I have never been very fond of. My brother, as well as I, both had the fear of spiders crawling on our butts. Many people have never had the fears of what I had to go through.

I look back on those times and laugh about it now. Not long ago I was talking with my brother and he told me about the time when he was very young and he accidentally got locked in the outhouse. Apparently, our mother finally came to look for him. It gave us a good laugh remembering back to those days..

It wasn’t too long after my first memory that I looked out the windows of our back porch and saw a man drilling a well behind our house. Not much of a thought in today’s times but in the eyes of a little boy who was not even at school age, soon it meant no more late night treks to the dreaded outhouse.


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      William Moreman 

      10 months ago

      Wonderful memories on Gramps farm in Ark. Cows, pigs, checkens, mules, farm food. A well on back porch. Hillbilly music and just good ole country folks. The best way to be raised. No regrets. The outhouse never had plumbing problems, but the seat was cold come winter. Such good memories.

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      Larry W Fish 

      2 years ago from Raleigh

      The young people of today don't realize how lucky they are to have many of the things us older folks didn't, Linda.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed reading your memories about the outhouse visits. It reminded me of my the trips to the outhouse when I visited my grandfather. The conditions there weren't as extreme as the ones that you describe, though!

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      Larry W Fish 

      2 years ago from Raleigh

      Today is my birthday, number 69. It is amazing how I can think back in detail to things over 60 years ago, but I can't tell you what I did last week, hahahaha!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Larry, I lived with my grandparents on a small farm and we had an outhouse, I was not afraid of the dark I was afraid of the snakes bobcats and mountain lions, but I never saw one and I am sure Trixie would have run them off.

      Interesting story.

      Blessings my friend

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      2 years ago from USA

      You captured a child's thoughts very well. Where would we be without indoor plumbing?

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      Terrie Lynn 

      2 years ago from Canada

      yes it was all that. I live in the country again and love it. The peace and quiet is amazing.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      2 years ago from Raleigh

      I do miss living in the country, Terrie. I loved growing up a country boy. Nothing is as wonderful as having nature around you the whole time. Life was tough, but it was simple and rewarding.

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      Terrie Lynn 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Hi Larry. These memories are great. and yes i got a laugh. I have had the same experience. One time some one thought it was a good idea to move the the outhouse before night time. I don't think i need to say what happened, LOL. I have never thought of growing up out of town on the land as a bad memorry. We loved ever moment of it. Night time was good, we had a dog to protect us. It was a wolf, husky cross. Thank you for the memories.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very fun memories friend. I am one of those Pollyanna's that bear no bad memories. Other people think I need to remember them for some reason. Maybe I just did not have them.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      2 years ago from Raleigh

      It is funny, Hari, I can remember things from 60 years ago better than I can a few weeks ago. Strange but true.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      Nice article larry. Childhood memories are nice to recall though are vague.

      - hari


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