Saturday, February 20, 2016

Reserved Seating

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On a summer visit to GrandDad’s, Jessi asked him to tell her about life in the North Woods.

Pleased, he shared tales about life in a log cabin, about making midnight trips to the two-seater outhouse, and the many wonders of the great outdoors. GrandDad stressed the importance of nature, and to always respect wildlife.

Jessi was fascinated with his colourful stories, but very confused about a “two-seater” outhouse. 

Grinning, GrandDad explained: when going to the outhouse, if you came upon a bear using it, you showed respect and left him alone. But you could still use the other seat.

                                                                          

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Quote Prompt:
"An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper."
~Kahlil Gibran

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21 comments:

  1. Thank goodness these weren't a part of my childhood, but my hubby did, and his stories about them are very chilling to the bones. They grew up in Northern Minnesota, and it was a frozen tundra up there!

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  2. That gives new meaning to out n' about MOL!

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  3. You can share whatever you want also with:
    http://pippavier.blogspot.de/2016/02/nicht-wundern-und-schon-gar-nicht-argern.html
    Herzlich Pippa

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  4. I grew up with a two seater, one for the kids and one for the adult but only one door. Your's is a deluxe model, lol... never met a bear in there though, lol
    Have a relaxing weekend.
    hugs,
    JB

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  5. I used to see those outhouses more so than I do now. There is still one at a nearby cemetery, but personally I would rather look for a large bush or tree to get behind...LOL!

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  6. Granddad had a sense of humor, and it appears the two-seater had an opening for a cat as well. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  7. Ah your Granddad sounds like he has a great sense of humor. I don't think I've ever seen a 2-seater outhouse before.

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  8. Haha! That was a great answer! :-)) I visited an Amish farm in southern Wisconsin last year and did use the outhouse, which was a two-seater. I guess it's for people who like to have company. LOL I don't think that solitude is preferred among the Amish.

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  9. I liked Kitties Blue comment. Let's HOPE that's for a cat and not a big rodent!

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  10. Stories recounted by the older generations are always amusing. Looks like that outhouse has a cat door.

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  11. What a story to tell! Yes, a two-seater is a must for a large household, or if there are a lot of bears nearby.

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  12. Silly grandpa. We bet he wouldn't use the other side with a bear in there! M remembers using an outhouse when she was a little girl on a farm.

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  13. That is too funny :) Thank you for noticing my blog disappeared and for telling me. XO

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  14. Very well told with some possible exaggeration - ha ha :) Not too many double seaters over here in the UK and luckily no wild bears but plenty of cats - so a cat flap on the loo door makes perfect sense!! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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  15. I remember outhouses very well. So glad to have indoor plumbing!

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  16. Naturally I have never heard of a 'two-seater', but it now makes perfect sense to me :) Thanks for sharing your wisdom and art @ sARTurday!

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  17. my grandparents had a "two-seater" :) but no bears to use it :)

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  18. Too funny! I have never seen a two-seater outhouse but if there was a bear I would gladly give him my place in a one-seater. Fun addition to In Other Words. Thanks.

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  19. Ha! I always wondered about those 2 seaters! And I grew up being in the woods.

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  20. I used a 2 seater on my GrandDad's farm! And I called him GrandDad... you don't see that very often :)

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