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Don't Trouble Trouble
Sam F. Kennedy Jr.



My mother often quoted an old idiom that went something like this�

Don't trouble trouble lest trouble troubles you,
If you trouble trouble it will double your trouble...




Don't Trouble Trouble

Despite this good advice, one Sunday afternoon in late summer, a group of us boys discovered a large hornet nets in the edge of Great Uncle Will's pasture. When I say it was big, I mean really big! It looked like a gray paper football, but was about twice as large. There was a continuous flow of hornets to and from the nest� doing whatever hornets do to earn a living. We had heard that hornets would attack light colored objects when disturbed, so one of the boys who lived nearby went home and got a section of an old bed sheet from his mom's rag bag. We tied it between two poles and stuck it in the ground about 15 feet away from the nest, forming a large white banner. This was all we needed to decoy the hornets. I'm still not sure of our ultimate objective

We were all equipped with slingshots made from forked sticks and strips of old inter-tube rubber. As always, we had a pocket full round rocks from the gravel road. I gave the nest the first shot and got a direct hit. Not much action, so we all put in a couple of lobs and bingo! We reached critical mass with our attack. Our theory was right� the hornets did go for the white banner. Unfortinally they didn't know about the limitations we had place on them. We would have been a lot better off if we had been wearing shirts. We all ran but we didn't know how fast hornets could fly. It seemed as though they were flying tail first because they hit with the impact of a 38 slug with an immediate sting. After running about 200 ft and only receiving one sting, I thought this was far enough away. About that time two more hit me. Everyone else had about the same luck.

Uncle Will saw all the commotion from his rocking chair out under the pecan tree in his front yard, so he came down in the pasture to see what was going on. The stings were really causing pain by that time. Uncle Will always had a big cud of Beechnut chewing tobacco and he immediately applied a wad of chewing tobacco to the stings. It gave us some relief but the stings still hurt.

Uncle Will offered us all a chew of Beechnut and said, "By Dogs, boys you oughtin mess with those hornets". You know, he was right... and my mother's advice still rings true.
 



 

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