I remember back when I was younger, anyone could go down to the pet store, a 5 & 10, or even some hardware stores and purchase what was then called Ant Farms. I, at that time, never understood why anyone would want to buy an Ant Farm when the ground had so many ants already living there.
Heck, if you sit on a log, a tree limb, or even the ground, they would find you and they could I guess over time eat you, but the liked to bite. I slid off an old log once into a fire ant nest. Without going into details it took forever to put the fire out. Nothing worked.
Walking through a field and not realizing what I had done, I stepped on a nest of bumble bees. It only took one to notify me that I had gone crazy and interrupted their dinner so I just got a warning not to do it again. A sting right on the back. At the house they would come to the porch and dig them a house in the overhead rafters. I use to sleep on the porch sometime and flies were the only thing that ever bothered me.
Now, I went fishing with my granddaddy a few times, so here is where the story gets bazaar. I grew up thinking what I was told was always true, not! Snakes want bite under water. I hear that they do, I do not know personally as I have never been bitten. But now back to the story, my granddaddy wanted to fish with leaches, ok, so Richard as I was called then sticks his arm into the muddy bank and catches a lot of leaches. Thinking nothing about what I was doing, but snakes live in the banks also. The old tv show “Kids will say the darndest things”, now that is true, some of us will to the most stupidest things also.
I remember back we had an old blood hound. He was just a yard dog then, he had lost his hunting training techniques. My cousin and I was little and we would be out in the yard playing, this dog would always be with us keeping us safe. I always refer to him as my baby sitter. He is now long gone to doggy world but I remember him as he was today.