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On the back porch

I am guilty of starting to be ready for spring a long time before it is sprung! But, the Good Lord promises that spring will arrive and I thank him for that. A lot of times the weather is warm enough to have us scared to death that the fruit trees will bloom early and be susceptible to a freeze. After all, it did thunder on February 3rd and at least one more time. Now, the old timers will tell you… that means it may very well frost in April! But those same old timers will tell you that as soon as the Mesquite and Pecan trees show leaves, it is a sure bet that spring has arrived. But…Easter is late this year and any Texan worth their salt knows that we will have an Easter spell! Of course, we all know that the weather, especially here in Texas, can be pretty unpredictable, though it’s usually not so bad that it keeps us cooped up for days in a row. I found in my studies of the history of our western heritage, several accounts of tough weather conditions that would tend to keep those old cowboys hunkered up close to the fireplace. And I imagine those close quarters began to get pretty gamey. Because you see, bathing was not a common occurrence, unless there might be a special occasion fixing to occur. This is illustrated in a poem, “The Midwinter Bath” by Bruce Kiskaddon. His poem helps you understand a cowboy’s thoughts in a lonely line camp along with his aversion to bathing.



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