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Debunking a mountain myth

early 1970's memories

Anna wanted to see some pictures of when I was around the age of 5 and my Mom was quick to reply with these snap shots from the 1970's.

The above photo is from my third birthday party...just 2 weeks before I was to meet my younger brother for the first time.

roasting marshmallows on the campfire

A lot of good memories roasting marshmallows by a campfire. This one is of me around the age of 5 making our own dessert with my brother and cousins. My Mamaw told us more than once that playing in the fire would cause us to pee in the bed that night...I can now confirm she was mistaken and that's just another Mountain Myth.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I heard grandmothers say that, too. Never happened to me, either.
Comment by Brandy Mon Feb 10 05:29:23 2014

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