Thursday, December 24, 2015


Mistletoe is a fungal plant that grows in trees.  You can research it yourself, but I was listening to Christmas music and found this line in Mel Torme's The Christmas Song.
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe,
Help to make the season bright,
And that remided me of a time when I was a kid, hunting ducks with my Dad on a little pothole called Catfish Prarie in the Catahoula swamp.  Dad and I were walking out of the swamp after a morning of duck hunting.  I was an adolescent, probably 12 or 13 years old  and was trying to figure out a way to get a little Christmas money in my pocket.  I mentioned that to Dad, and he told me to sell mistletoe.

"Mistletoe?" I asked.

"Yeah, mistletoe." Dad said.  "This thicket is lousy with it." He thumbed a shell into his shotgun and blasted a green clump in the top of a nearby tree.  Mistletoe rained down around us.  "Pick that up." he said.

He told me about mistletoe, a magical little parasitic plant that grows in trees and has the power to let young men steal a kiss from the girls.  Today, that would probably be a sexist philosophy, but in the late '60s it seemed like just the key to get a little money in my pocket.

I blasted a few clumps and before long, had a hunting bag full of mistletoe sprigs.  When I got home, I raided Mom's stash of ribbon, converting blasted mistletoe clumps into a salable item.  I sold them around the neighborhood for 50 cents apiece, and took some to school the week before Christmas break.  I don't remember how much money I made, but I had a lot of fun with it.  Especially in the school-house, before the administration shut me down.

Good times, good times.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get busy.  The family will be here for Christmas Eve and I've got a list of things to accomplish.

Merry Christmas, Y'all.


Old Grafton said...

Last time I was in Georgia I was interested to see the infestation of just about every grove of pecan trees with clumps of misteltoe. I was struck by the resemblance to squirrels' leaf-nests at first glance. According to the friends I was visiting neither misteltoe nor squirrels are welcome in those groves.

6ShotsOr5? said...

Pawpaw, This being a traditional time of year for gratitude, I just want to say thanks for sharing your views and adventures. Your blog is a lot of fun to read and I appreciate the work you put into it. Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

Old NFO said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! :-)