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Topic: BUG (04/06/17)
TITLE: What is that thing!
By Betty Overstreet
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We took little buckets out to the edge of our yard, where black berry bushes grew wild and we would fill up our buckets and run back home to give them to Mama so she could bake a berry cobbler for dinner. She made such yummy berry cobblers!
Well, one day I sneaked outside by myself, because my big sisters refused to go with me. I walked around behind the barn and began to pick up rocks, sticks and anything I thought I might use to make a game. I found some really pretty rocks and figured I could make a rock garden with them and plant some of Mama's favorite flowers.
Just as I started to pick up a stick, I saw something move a little way over by the fence and I walked over to see what it was. Oh my, I thought, that looks like, yes it is--- a big, black bug! I think it is too big for me to carry into the house to show my sisters the treasure I had found. We had never found a bug this pretty before. it was so pretty and If I remember right, kind of hairy.
I ran as fast as I could, climbed up the steps, and yelled as loud as I could, "Mama, I found a big bug out by the barn. You and Peggy and bubby have to hurry to see it before it runs away!
"What kind of a bug, Betty? Mama asked". I said, "I don't know but it is really big and black and I've never seen one like it!"
We went running out to the barn together and sure enough, the bug was waiting for us--and Mama screamed, "Don't touch it! It is a tarantula! Get back in the house right now and don't you ever come outside by yourself again!"
Well, I had no idea what a tarantula was but I did know it was really something important and something I could brag about to my sisters! I found a big, black bug they had never seen before. I figured I would see it again someday and when I did I would be really quiet and whisper in my sisters ears to come see what I found. I sure wouldn't tell Mama next time.
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