Friday, February 6, 2009

"Digging To China"


Every kid at some point in childhood hears the expression, "If you dig deep enough, you can dig your way to China." My brother took this saying literally! He asked my Mom if could he and the neighborhood kids could dig a hole in the backyard. "Of course, just play nice." replied my Mom.


By the end of the week, my mother received a telephone call from the next door neighbor, "Peggy, I didn't know you all were getting a swimming pool." Of course my mother had no idea what she was talking about. "You had better look outside your window!"



There in the middle of our yard was a hole as wide as a small swimming pool, no brother in sight. Going close to edge of the hole, there was my brother and 12 neighborhood boys all digging furiously. "John! What are you doing!" yelled down my Mom. "Digging to China." yelled back up my brother.



My brother and I giggle to this day at the thought of the parade of neighbors that came to see the swimming pool sized hole!

11 comments:

fullofbliss said...

This one made me laugh so hard! My husband and I bought my Grandparent's house, the home my Mom grew up in, about six years ago. My grandpa was known for burying things in the yard and using all sorts of interesting items for "fill". Now whenever we are doing some sort of project in our yard that requires digging, we find all sorts of various items. My husband calls our yard the worlds largest time capsule.
Thank you for your always entertaining stories!

Carla said...

Oh this is a jewel! Your mom never looked outside?

annemarie said...

I am sitting here laughing also - love this story. Your brother is certainly an entertaining person! Do you still live in this home?? Memories must overflow from every room.

Knitlee said...

This was a funny one! What an imagination. How wonderful to have your son born in the house you grew up...such a strong family tie! Happy Weekend Elizabeth!

Bunny said...

Such imagination! Imagination in children, in this day and age, is becoming a rare gift due to television, video games, and the tons of store-bought toys. I'm trying to show my son many of the things my brother and I did as children, instead of giving into the modern craze. I also remember digging to China as a girl, though a hole in the sand is much easier to fill in. :P

Heleen said...

What a funny story. And here in the Netherlands we also tell our kids they can dig to China! Well China is a big country! (lol)

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I had to laugh because my friend and I was going to dig to China too, but we didn't get very far. Your mother was the smartest woman! Twyla

Scrap for Joy said...

Someone coming through the yard with a metal detector (the kind you see people using at the beach)would think they hit the mother lode!

Chelsea Ling said...

LOL, this made me laugh sooo hard!

Kim Bates- owner said...

How funny! I love your mother's wisdom...I will remember that line- worry about yourself- excellent!
Your writing never ceases to amaze and entertain!! Thank you!!!

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