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Oh, the war, yes I remember sitting on the stairs watching my mother ironing. She ironed fast and cried faster. "Why are you crying, Mommie"? I said. "Your uncles are coming home"! She said. I had two new uncles to meet and was 4 years old.
No poke salit but dandelion greens hunted with my grandfather and his pocket knife. The sun was barely up and the grass all dewy "Only the small tender ones, not the bitter big ones or Nana will send us back for more. This was only eaten with bacon dressing. The good PA Dutch kind not store-bought. Later we collected the flowers for wine making. No waste for this plant.
Have a cold? No worries about overdosing as the bottles of today warn you. Take 1 part lemon juice, 1 part honey and 1 part glycerin. Put this in a glass with a spoon and have a spoon full whenever the urge to cough comes on.
The worst part about a chest cold was getting your chest rubbed with goose grease. Then a square of itchy wool flannel was pinned inside your undershirt till the cold was better. No complaining about itchin or stinkin!
If you wanted a pie, well go take the boat and row over to the swamp and pick some huckleberries (I didn't know they were blueberries till I was grown.) By the way, watch out for the bears, the bushes were taller than our heads and a few time Mr. Bear was right in the area having his lunch.
Pick a couple of quarts extra and Pop would make some wine.
Oh yes, more about colds, elderberry wine was warmed and a full glass was the prescription. Then off to bed, wake up with no more cold, or so they said. I think if you had that full glass, you didn't care if you had a cold or not.
I was reading back through my articles and I realize I never answered your comment. I remember reading it and smiling, but I didn't answer it, and for that I apologize. The comments that folks leave on my articles are the push that I need to write the next article.
Thanks for sharing your memories, and all those uses that plants provided.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.