Wednesday, 29 July 2015

One false step

Our gang was down by the river again with our shoes off of course, wading in the stream.

We had to be careful because the stones in the water were hard on on our feet so there was a lot of Oohs and Aahs as we walked along.

Each of us had nets, cans or just hands to to catch fish if we could find them while little Johnny Miller just had a stick to poke at things and just be a nuisance.

I had caught a tiddler and Jenny had found a fresh water crayfish and screamed so much that it made us all laugh.

All of a sudden there was a shout and splash from behind as Johnny Miller cried out.

He had taken one false step and fallen in the water which was the best thing to happen that day.

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  1. True story? I noticed your comment on my shoe story... THis one is how I broke my foot in the first place. I was walking the dog and he stepped into a fast moving stream. He is only 14 pounds and started going downstream so I stepped in to grab him and stepped on a rock... CRACK!

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    1. A toddler is a small fresh water fish that was most often caught by kids in jars, buckets or even hands as they waded through fresh water streams. They were probably 2" long and made little boys proud to have caught one!

    2. Oops! Tiddler, it auto corrected!

    3. sounds like when we went out catching tadpoles but more satisfying to get an actual fish!

  3. I guess Johnny Miller was on your nerves that day. There's always one in a bunch, eh, Old Egg?

  4. Wow! That must have been very painful! Bones get broken in so many types of accidents and you wouldn't think of breaking your foot by catching tiddlers. I have not heard of tiddlers before....they sound like something we use to call tadpoles.

    1. As I remember kids fell over and scraped their knees and elbows on their adventures and even came home with wet shoes and socks or worse and tried to hide the fact. Well I did!

  5. It looks like I'm not the only one who learned the meaning of "tiddler" today. Playing in a creek is a great way for kids to spend summer days.

  6. I just added another word to my vocabulary:-)
    Your post brings back childhood memories of poking a stick in the creek water to see a large crayfish (crawdad) would grab hold of it.