Norwegian Farmer’s Son…January 27th


#79=Elliott & Rosemary on bike near blue '49 Ford
With siblings 11 years and 8 years older, Elliott was usually left to his own imagination for playtime.  Good thing his “imagination station” knew no limits to fun!

If Jimmy Stewart could have one giant rabbit as an imaginary friend….I could have hundreds, right?  And that I did.

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“Elwood P. Dowd” (actor Jimmie Stewart) had a six foot tall rabbit, named “Harvey”, that only he could see.  They were great pals, though!

It’s not that my big brother (11 years older) and big sister (8 years older) didn’t love me, it’s just that they were busy in their own circle of friends and weren’t able to spend as much time with me as they would have liked.  Well, that left me with my little sister to play with.  Here in my adult life, I adore the ground she walks on, but, as was common with most red-blooded American little farm boys…..wellll, girls, in general, had “cooties n germs n stinky perms” and were more of a nuisance than they were worth.

Sooooo, there I was with 120 acres of beautiful farmland to enjoy, a big windbreak of trees around our farmyard and nearby “Brush Creek” to explore.   The “three of us” (me, myself and I)  were gonna turn on the juices of creativity and have some fun.  Reflecting back to those days, rather than mope around about “being alone” for playtime, I gave the Lord thanks for bequeathing to me a lucid and vibrant imagination which could conjure up an unending passel of partners for playtime.

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Elliott sometimes became “Davey Crockett” (played here by John Wayne from the movie, “The Alamo”

There I’d be, “Davey Crockett”, a slinkin’ through our cornfield doing scouting ahead fer Injuns that might attack our farm at any minute.  “Ol Bessie”, my long rifle (which was actually just a long stick) sat in the crook of my arm just a ready to blast them thar varmints from here to Bugtussel.

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Elliott could become “Major Mighty Muscled Mike”.

When Winter dumped its massive snowdrifts around our tree windbreak and yard, my imagination would jump to emulate the brave soldiers who fought in “The Battle Of The Bulge” in Europe during World War II.   Barking commands to the invisible battalion around me, we’d slither silently over snowbanks in order to rid the world of those nasty Nazis.

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Elliott’s father LOVED to watch this great cowboy show every Sunday night.

“Little Lady” (our Shetland pony) was often employed in assisting me with my cowboy pals of make believe.  She and I would ride up into our tree windbreak (which were planted in nice straight rows) and imagine how we were gonna build our own complete western town, just like we saw each week on the “Gunsmoke” or “Bonanza” television shows.

There were countless other adventures in my young days that didn’t need batteries, laptops or cellphones to make magic happen.  All it took were the dreams and fun ideas of this Norwegian Farmer’s Son.

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4 thoughts on “Norwegian Farmer’s Son…January 27th

  1. You enjoyed the same privileges as I did only at a later date. Imagination was your survival tool back on the farm. If you did have the privilege of visiting friends at a close by farm you had to help finish their chores before the good times could begin. That really dipped into the play time, so the adventures at home were probably the most enjoyed anyway.


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