Sunday, April 27, 2008

Morel mushrooms galore

There's a story behind this "nice mess" of morels.

A year ago, the next-door teenage twin boys asked if they and their also-next-door cousin could hunt for morels on my property. I have bad knees and can't keep up with the mushroom-hunting, and I told them yes; somebody may as well have them.

A couple of hours later I heard an engine back in my pasture; going back to check out the situation, I found the three boys I'd given permission to mushroom hunt, along with three other boys, riding a cart behind a lawn mower. Needless to say, I was angry, and I snatched the bag of morels one of the kids had.

Last week, one of the twins called and asked permission to hunt mushrooms on our 43 acres.

"Nope," I told him.

Today one of the twins spent some time here, visiting with me, my husband, and my daughter's family. I told my story about 1993, the year I found morels a-plenty, and how I shared my bounty with the neighbors.

"You know," I said, "all I want is for those who find morels on my property to share what they find with me."

Later on, as I was heading into the house, Tyler (the twin) asked, "Could we hunt mushrooms on your place if we give you half?"

"Hmmm," I said, "I'm not sure I can trust you to share. But for today only, yes... you can."

A couple of hours later there was a knock on my door. It was Tyler and his cousin, Ryan, with a Walmart bag in hand that held fifty mushrooms.

I invited them in and we split the loot. That's my half you see in the picture.

I always thought I liked those boys. God bless them. I told them I now take back anything bad I ever said about them.

Oh, if they bring me another mess of mushrooms, I'll get their pictures for you.

6 comments:

Spyder said...

Hubby posted earlier today about morrells.
http://beneaththeginko.blogspot.com/2008/04/got-morals.html

Midlife Mom said...

That is a great story!! We have fiddleheads that people steal off our property. I wouldn't mind if only they would ask permission as I don't like them. We call them a mess of fiddleheads or a mess of greens too. They pick them and sell them to the local grocery store too. Yes, get their pictures!!

kansas crochet mom said...

aaww what good kids :)

BarnGoddess said...

I am SO JEALOUS!

we do not have them in Oklahoma.

Stacey said...

Ummm....Donna, if they come back and divvy up more, you have to bring them to Lees Summit. I haven't had a mushroom like that in uhhhh ohhh at least five years. Pleeeeease?! xoxo

PS--I knew you and I would see eye to eye

Glo said...

Mushrooms...........you have mushrooms.UMMM they are getting $40.00 a gal. for them here. You know we're the mushroom captial. Our festival is this week-end.I've got to help with our booth.