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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Sit Around the Fire

In our family, whenever we sit around a fire we sing old songs. The old songs are the best songs! This past weekend we were happy to have a our friends and relatives join us around the firepit. There is something about sitting around a fire in the dark that makes for special times. I think it is because everyone has to provide their own entertainment. :-)

I strummed the guitar and played a few songs, but one of our friends clamored for hubby to play "Charlie on the MTA." Hubby obliged. Those who knew it sang the words.

Our nephew's new bride was amazed. She had never heard the song. She hails from Pittsburgh but now lives in Boston. She wondered why the transit card there is called a "Charlie Card." Now she knows. Our nephew knew because he had heard the song at some of our other campfires.

We had a lot of laughs. My sister told a funny story. She had a problem with ants and decided to try an all-natural and safe deterrent for the ants--cornmeal. She made a barrier of it around the house. The next day she found the local turkey population enjoying her cornmeal!

I'm thinking that would be a good anecdote in a book somewhere.

For those of you with a bad case of writer's block, invite some friends to a campfire and see what develops. You are bound to get a few story ideas--and certainly some laughs. :-)


MarkD60 said...

You have poisoned my mind with a song:

"Sing around the campfire!
Join the Campfire Girls!"

Thanks a lot.

Penelope Marzec said...


LOL! I remember that one. Now you've given me an earworm. :-)

Sharon McGregor said...

Reminds me of a hootenanny. We used to sing folk songs around a bonfire. Oh those were the days!

Penelope Marzec said...


I remember the TV show Hootenanny--way back in the sixties. :-)

More people should sit around a fire and sing songs. It is fun.