Cousin Freddie spent ever summer in
Maryland visiting his mother and sister and while her was there he
to increase his education and ours immeasurably.
One summer when he returned, he told us
could find pearls in seafood. Now he was only slightly mixed up
should have told us that you could find pearls in oysters, but you have
to remember he was only eight.
Living on Indian Creek, there wasn’t a
of oysters to be found. Lord knows the creeks didn’t have them
neither did the grocery stores. So the closest thing we could
Now to children, logic dictated if
were in seafood, then a crawdad was the closest thing we could
There was an abundance of crawdads in the branch that ran out of the
Hollow by our house into Indian Creek.
Peggy Sue, Freddie, Bruce and I took a
sack and each of us took a bucket and up the branch we went. We
the sack and went up under the ledges of rock that ran along the
We dipped the sack in the water and brought it up under the ledges
the crawdads scurried when something disturbed them. We
then lift the sack filled with crawdads and drain out the water and in
a short time we had filled our buckets .
At our house we had a set of old
steps that set out in the middle of a little walnut grove where we
played. We each found a smooth creek rock and began our
We took the crawdads, one at a time, pounding them into oblivion trying
to find one pearl. We pounded hundreds of crawdads and guess
not a pearl did we find. .