One of my fondest memories as a child was when we visited my grandparents. One of the things I loved about visiting was that they had so much land for us kids to explore. We also enjoyed the pond that was filled with bullfrogs croaking all night long and the katydids that rang out in a constant comforting night hummm. Just like ponds everywhere I'm sure, but it was special to us because it was the only place we'd ever experienced having a pond or hearing the sounds of the night as we drifted off to sleep at night. We always woke up in the early morning to the pleasant sound of Grandma and Grandpa talking to each other along with kitchen sounds and the smell of breakfast cooking.
I loved going out at night to capture the toads, they were everywhere on that property. I remember one night I captured around eight toads and I put them in a cardboard box and wanted to keep them as my pets. Grandpa told me I should let them go but I was determined to keep them because I was proud of my accomplishment of catching them.
I went to the basement to check on my toads ,before I went to bed that night. Then morning came and as soon as I could, I ran to the basement to see them. Low and behold I looked in the box and there was eight rocks in the box. My toads were gone and I asked grandpa, "What happen to my frogs?" He said, "When you keep them over night they turn to rocks."
It took me the longest time to figure out that he had pulled the wool over my eyes... , by the time I realized it, I knew he couldn't let me keep the toads anyway . He gave me something else instead, a memory of him and it has been a treasured memory of him to this day.
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