Sep 11, 2010


I know I promised myself not to blog on weekends, but reading this post just brought back so many happy memories! When I was growing up, my family lived in a two flat house- my grandparents and aunties downstairs, my parents, sister and me upstairs. Our street was lined with large, beautiful American Chestnut trees. One of the favorite seasonal past times of the neighborhood children was collecting those big, lovely brown chestnuts! We didn't just want the ones that fell naturally to the ground . That would be much too easy! We would gather fallen sticks and then spend hours throwing those sticks into the trees knocking down the spiky green covered chestnut fruits. Even more fun was stomping on the outer hulls to release the beautiful brown nuts and see how many we could collect. Sometimes we'd get lucky and have a double chestnut!
I remember sitting on the porch steps stringing chestnuts into necklaces and bracelets.
Childhood times- so simple, so fun, so many wonderful memories. All good things!


Sharon said...

Those are good childhood memories...thanks for sharing!

Lori said...

Oh the sweetness of childhood memories. Thank you for sharing one of yours Karen. I loved reading it.

Libby said...

We are lucky to have a chestnut tree in our yard. I'll be collecting fallen nuts soon . . . I'm not a stick thrower *s*

Momma Made This said...

Hello fellow Slow Poke! See? I really am slow... just now getting around to visiting your blog, following and saying hi! I love it and will be back!

~ Ronda

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Yes, childhood memories are sweet and wonderful to have placed in our heart. How forunate we were to have them and beable to reminisce from time to time.

Thank you for sharing your memory of chestnut gathering--- I loved reading it! Carolyn

Lee Prairie Designs said...

It's me again---Karen, I didn't notice the (click here) in your post as I returned to read your post again! When I did I was very honored that you likeed my post regaring the "Hickory Nuts"! Thanks for posting similar memories with your memory of "Chestnuts" with your family.

They are a real treat in the winter roasted and dipped in butter--- Oh my, "naughty" but wonderful tasting! Hugs, Carolyn

Karen said...

I don't think I have ever seen a Chestnut other than in a picture.

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