My mind jumps from thought to thought as I walk along Wildcat Boulevard each morning. One morning I spotted a cottontail rabbit and was reminded that I had read in a Missouri Department of Natural Resources magazine that cottontails can live ten years. The author went on to say, however, that cottontails seldom do live to their life expectancy.

My mind jumps from thought to thought as I walk along Wildcat Boulevard each morning. One morning I spotted a cottontail rabbit and was reminded that I had read in a Missouri Department of Natural Resources magazine that cottontails can live ten years. The author went on to say, however, that cottontails seldom do live to their life expectancy.
When I read this I immediately thought of the book Watership Down. As a person reads this book, he can only be concerned with all the predators that concentrate on killing rabbits. Rabbits are an attractive meat source for many, many other animals in the state, such as coyotes, foxes and hawks.
I also read that Missouri has more than one million acres of surface water which provides great fishing. Missouri has 200 different fish species, but only twenty are considered game fish.
I had an interesting experience while porch sitting the other night. It was late, dark, and I had not turned on the porch light. As I sat sky looking off to the west, I saw a shadow come around the corner of the house and head in my direction.
It was the fox. It continued trotting until it was about ten feet from me on the deck. I said, “Hi foxy! What are you doing out so late?”
The poor fox was startled and jumped at the sound of my voice. It jumped to the side, turned around quickly, and headed back from where it had come.
On another thought: the small boy who became such a computer sensation singing in WalMart did a little yodeling. I had not even thought of yodeling in a long time.
My dad could yodel and did so quite often while driving the tractor doing field work. He especially liked to yodel Eddie Arnold’s “Cattle Call.”
There was even a movie (Hoedown) made about Eddie Arnold and his yodeling. Of course, Pa took us to see the movie.
I have been always interested in words and word use. The other day I heard “She could sell burnt matches.” I had not heard this before and marveled at its meaning.
My Grandmother Hively had many sayings, some which she claimed went back to her Scottish background. She is the only person I have ever heard say, “I’d bet my old hat against a rotten lemon.”
She also used quite often: “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.”
Ozarkers were known for their funny sayings. For example, “Even a blind hog can find an acorn.” Sometimes a little saying can be the best way of expressing an opinion or thought. Too bad some of the so called comedians of today cannot be funny without being gross, nasty, or offering biting personal insults as jokes.
Take a walk, be kind even to the people who don’t believe like you, keep your mind thinking, try yodeling once in a while, use your signal lights, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard
   



 
Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.