Wednesday, December 17, 2014

52 Weeks of Sharing Our Memories - Making Mud Pies

This post is part of the 52 Weeks of Writing our Memories by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy who has challenged us to write our memories for our future generations.

I've liked playing in the dirt since I was a kid. I guess that's part of the reason I became an archaeologist--I could play in the dirt and get paid for it, too. One of the things I liked to do as a kid was make mud pies.

Red Georgia clay ("Ultisol." Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ultisol.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ultisol.jpg)


Back then, I could get some red Georgia clay from our ditch by the street (it's now covered with grass), add a little water, and make round mud pies. Sometimes I'd draw my initials in them. I'd let them dry, but of course, they'd crack and fall apart. I didn't know then that you needed to add temper and "fire" them. I doubt my parents would have let me have access to matches and wood to build a fire to harden my mud pies.

Catherine