Gut Rumbles

June 27, 2005

I raised hundreds of them

I read this post and experienced a combination of regret and nostalgia. I raised many a random tadpole into a full-grown frog when I was young.

I learned that I could steal appropriate empty paint cans from the local construction sites, sink them in the canal behind my neighborhood, and pull up all the tadpoles (or "polywogs"--- the BIG bullfrog puppies) I wanted to catch. I took them home and put them in a washtub I used for raising frogs. I fed them fish food and watched them grow.

I had some rocks in there so that they could get out of the water and learn to breathe regular air when my "pets" became mature enough. When they shed their tails and grew legs, I took them back to the canal and turned them loose to live Born Free. A few managed to hop out of my "aquarium" on their own, but they usually didn't last long. Dogs or cats would eat them.

But I probably served as a surrogate father for AT LEAST 500 frogs back in those days. I liked watching the metamorphosis occur, and I liked turning the frogs loose when they were old enough to fend for themselves.

Yeah. I was "Frog-Daddy."

I didn't have a Playstation II when I was a boy. I had the woods, the canal, some empty paint cans and a #3 washtub to amuse myself with. I think I had more fun doing what I did than ANY kid can get from a video game today.

But maybe I'm wrong. If little Junior sits on his ass in front of a video screen all day, at least you know where he is and what he's up to. He's not out in the woods catching tadpoles, where he pulls up the occasional paint bucket with a water moccasin curled up in it.

No. Gameboy is a lot "safer" than what I did. Still--- I wouldn't trade my experiences for all the Gameboys in the world. I really did grow up like Huck Finn. I wouldn't swap that kind of childhood for anything I see kids doing today.

They lead sheltered lives. I grew up wild.


Yeah, I'm with you there Rob. I grew up poor and all I had was and old .410 shotgun and a cane fishing pole to amuse myself with. I had more fun than any kid today does and never had a dime to spend. Never spent much time in the house either. Video games are for goddam idiots that got nothing better to occupy their minds.

Posted by: assrot on June 27, 2005 01:01 PM

Tried raising the tds onetime to get them big enough for fish bait. Didn't catch a damn thing with them although a small frog will hang a bass once in a blue moon.

Posted by: GUYK on June 27, 2005 03:46 PM

Thanks for the mention, Rob. I am writing a post in response to this one; I'll track you back on it.

Posted by: Kelley on June 27, 2005 05:22 PM

You are certainly writing to the right crowd here. How we would love to go back again to such fascinating and wonder-filled good times!

Posted by: Bonita on June 27, 2005 05:37 PM

Also grew up poor, and I wouldn't trade one second of my woods-lovin', horse riding childhood for one second of the boring universe kids live in today. They are obese from sitting on their rears shooting pretend guns at virtual criminals while eating artificially preserved snack foods. And they wouldn't know a tadpole if it swam into their video game.

Posted by: Renee on June 27, 2005 06:17 PM
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