I Remember When . . . .
Great Stories about growing up in the Horntown, Oklahoma area!

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MOVIN' ON [snakes and dogs]

     I believe we were chopping cotton at the south forty, north of Hickory Grove just south of Bud Taylor's house when this happened. We had taken a break, probably, while dad sharpened the hoes, and were walking in the woods. We were all barefooted of course. I was walking along and when I put my foot
down there was the sensation of a huge snake squirming under my bare foot. Surely an anaconda. I wasted no time in looking, I just shot out of there like a cannon ball. When I finally came to a stop, I yelled back -- "what kind was it?" and was told that it was only a large bull snake. They're not poisonous, but since I wasn't a dentist, why stop to check fangs? I always felt "discretion is the whole lot better part of valor anyway." I think I was moving at full warp.
     Einstein wrote that the speed of light, electricity and time are all the same and if one reached that speed, the aging process would stop during that time. I truly believe that is why if one looks closely today, they will
notice that I actually look a few seconds younger than I actually am. A friend of mine once told me that he only shoots two kinds of snakes and those are rattlesnakes and cobras. If they don't rattle, he said, they're
cobras.
     Once, when my sister Katy [ Kathryn Burkett ] and I were young, we were going to see some neighbors who lived about a mile from us. The neighbors were not home, but their dogs were two large angry greyhounds and they weren't expecting uninvited company. They came charging after us snarling and growling and yi' know, we out ran them? Of course, I'm sure they were just trying to chase us off, but we didn't know that. We couldn't wait to tell the other kids how we outran two greyhounds. Who knows? Maybe we really did.
Harry V. Shumard, Class of 43

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