In this winter and gray spring that just won't turn loose, I found myself thinking about sandcastles lately. Understand, I've never been a real beach-loving person, but sand structures bring back some great childhood memories.
My first sand building started in my backyard, nowhere near a beach. You know you are a true Southerner if you have a tractor tire sandbox in your backyard. Since my daddy was a farmer, he provided a tractor tire for my sandbox and one for my friend Wayne. We spent endless hours in the sand.
My first sand structures were frog houses. That particular structure is made by covering your feet with moist sand and packing it down. They you remove your foot and you have an igloo-type house. Problem—I have really high arches in my feet, so when I tried to pull my foot out, my frog house usually collapsed.
Wayne, who had flatter feet, was able to pull his foot out and start the process of breaking off little sticks to cover the opening, making it look like a fort. I just dug my foot deeper in the sand and tried again.
As a teenager I spent a good bit of time at Sardis Lake. While baking myself in the sun, my friends and I built sandcastles. Some built elaborate, multi-towered masterpieces. I was content to scoop up wet sand in my hand and drizzle it into abstract sand towers. When it dried, it was pretty impressive.
No artistic Neptune sculptures for me. Just give me wet sand to drizzle and frog houses and I'm happy. Just thinking about this makes this gray day tolerable.
Wayne and me about the time of our sandbox days. Here we are with his daddy, W.R. Gulledge, who is sporting a beard for Senataobia's centennial celebration in 1960. Mr. Gulledge portrayed Abe Lincoln in the centennial pageant.