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Bayou Adventure PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eloise Foster Latoof   
Monday, 27 October 2008 11:25

                      

An adventure at our bayou get-way home turned into another of the often-endured dilemmas.   We loved fishing and crabbing on our wharf.   Novice I was, but I was getting better at it.

My husband instructed me in techniques, and sometimes we had some dinners from that waterway.   And it was fun, too--except the time an alligator was seen sunning itself on our wharf.   This has nothing to do my tale here, but I wanted to get that information in for affect.   It was a big 'gator, too.

Back to the story.   Some of our grandchildren were fishing with us on a particular day, and the wharf seemed very crowded.   I noticed the murky water and admonished everyone to be careful since the water was not a chlorinated pool, and we certainly didn't know what lurked underneath.   Tried to scare them, I guess.   I had had a few lessons in fear already, from that placid bayou.

We happily threw in fishing lines, pulled up crab nets, saw supper accumulating, and were contented as cows--sea cows, even, maybe.   Those lovely manatees, serene and content.

I was on alert, I thought.   But......as I attempted to step around one of our group, I fell into the bayou.   Water I once considered good enough to eat from, became the filthiest, dirtiest, and scariest 'can't see the bottom' hole from Hades.

I surfaced immediately and my husband said, "Don't worry, you can stand up.   It's not deep!" 

I screamed back, "What I'm afraid of is standing up!   Do you have any idea what is on the bottom of this water?"

My thoughts were on the squishy mud, snakes, spiders, worms, dead, dying, and rotting unthinkables, glass, metal, maybe even a washing machine (not unheard of).

The 'snake and worm' thought was motivation enough for me to almost walk on the water until I was pulled out.   No easy matter, as I was so repulsed that I could hardly help at all.  

And when it was all said and done, I had only one thought--I should have been a scout.


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Livpink95 - 11-08-2008 12:31

omgosh:) i remember once i was scared to stand up in the shallow water in the caribbean because i had removed my flippers, and if i stood up, i would step right onto a few sea erchins! good story:))
BAYOU BABE DOES BUBBLES
Mean Dean - 10-27-2008 16:37

Photos of this exciting event in Moonbaby would liven up this story. Surely someone had a camera to preserve family history. Of course, if everyone was laughing too hard to take a photo, IT would certainly be understandable.
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