I grew up in a small mountain town. This meant my brothers and I had to get really creative when it came to entertaining ourselves.
At some point, we decided that we had a feud with the neighbor kids who lived down the mountain from us. I can only guess we hated them because we saw them walking through “our” section of the woods, where we made our forts.
We had seen the Goonies enough times to know what needed to be done. We had to set booby traps. Of course, we had really grand ideas for what the booby traps would look like. We drew up plans, threw them away, and made up new plans. Finally, we spent an entire afternoon setting the traps.
What we thought our traps looked liked.
What they actually looked liked.
As far as I know, we never actually killed or maimed any of the neighbor kids. Sometimes I see kids these days who do really stupid things and I think, “Wow, how could kids be so stupid?” And then I remember that I tried to maim the neighbor kids. I was just lucky that I wasn’t very good at creating death traps at eight. It would take me at least a couple more years till I really perfected them.
And I know it doesn’t look like it, but it took me a long time to draw all of those trees. Here’s another picture of trees that I didn’t get to use because the view was wrong. I’d hate for these trees to feel left out though.