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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Helping my grandpa keep bugs out of his garden

When I was a youngster, maybe 6 or 7 years old my grandpa wanted help getting the stinkbugs out of his garden. He gave me a metal coffee can with about 3 inches of gasoline in it and told me he would give me a penny for every bug I killed. I went through part of his garden catching stinkbugs and probably other bugs and putting them in the can. When I got hot and tired and the can was about full I took it to him and showed him. He looked in the can and acted like he was counting and pretty soon he nodded, set the can down and handed me a $5 bill. I was amazed at how fast he could count.


The Other Mike S. said...

Yeah, that "old math" was pretty amazing. My mom used it when we were kids picking up walnuts for her to store. A penny apiece as well.

Funny, the count sure seemed higher when we had to help shell them ;-)

Paladin said...

I love the memories that I have of my Grandpa like that. One of my greatest regrets is that he passed on before he could know my Wife and Daughter.


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