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Adventures of Ron Huckelberry...#17 Dad helps unstop Grandmother's chimney
Ronís grandmother phones his dad to explain that the dining room chimney appears to be stopped up. Dad always called his mom Mamma, so he assured Mamma that he and family would drive to Little Town and spend the weekend with her.
Itís not unusual for birds to build nests in chimneys and sometimes the nest really stops up the chimney. At first Dad did not climb on top of the house to check for a nest, but he did build a fire in the fire place. He figured the smoke and heat would insure that any birds present left the chimney.
Some time later he began to clean the chimney from the dining room fireplace upwards.
Ron and Granddaddy collected several poles and stood them near the fireplace. Dad would run one pole up the chimney and move is left and right and up and down to clear anything that might be causing the problem. He would then attach a shorter pole to the previous pole with tape and go further up into the chimney. This took some time, but no bird nest was knocked loose.
Naturally a lot of soot fell as he poked in the chimney, but Grandmother had placed paper and cloths all around the fire place and with Ronís help was able to clean the mess as it occurred.
No straw from a nest had fallen onto the fire place, so Dad decided to go on top of the house. He took the poles he had used and placed them beside the house. He then got a long ladder from the garage and a hose pipe. He was soon on the house with the hose pipe and poles and looking into the chimney. He could not see a nest, so he probed around with a pole. Nothing happened so he finally began pushing the hose pipe down the chimney
Suddenly there was an awful noise and Grandmother began screaming that Dad had fallen into the chimney. Everyone came running to see if Dad would appear in fire place. What had happened was that Dad had knocked loose a huge bird nest. The noise sounded like wild animals fighting.
Suddenly a ton of soot poured into the dining room and living room as the bird nest rumbled down onto the fire place.
Suddenly four baby chimneys-weeps and the mother bird fought their way out from under the fallen nest. The little birds could not fly, but tried to learn to fly as they flapped their soot covered wings. One can not believe the mess.
The back side of the fireplace in the dining room connected to the backside of the other fireplace in the bed room. Two soot covered birds entered the bedroom and tried to fly. The other two took flying lessons with their mom in the dining room. Soot settled everywhere. Mom was busy helping Grandmother clean up soot as Dad, Ron, and Granddaddy caught the birds and took them into the yard.
Needless to say we all helped Grandmother clean and wash bedding until late Sunday afternoon. I donít think Grandmother ever asked Dad to clean a chimney again.
© GENE HUDGENS
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