Tales from the O-NO Ranch 11-30-09
“Dirt is good for you.” Yep, that’s what I heard the Doc say on the noon news a few days ago. I always had a hankering opinion that some dirt in our diet had to be of some advantage. After all, doesn’t the Good Book state that we were created from dirt?
The Doc was wanting moms and dads to know that a little dirt in your kid’s stomach sure won’t hurt a thing and it might even help. I played in the dirt all the time as a kid and I would bet ya a dollar to a No. 2 lead pencil (that’s about all it’s worth any more) that you got purty dirty yourself as a kid. If you were fortunate enough to have been raised in the country and especially if there were some animals around, you got down and dirty and you were more healthy than your city cousin. Of course, way back in the olden days, gentle readers, before this explosion of technology, there was little to do to entertain ourselves but to go outside and get dirty. It was good for us back then and it’s still good for us today.
Some time ago when we were hearing a lot about E. coli from under cooked hamburger, Milo Yield wrote in his column that he figured that country kids didn’t get much if any E. coli at all because of their lifestyle of being around lots of manure on the ranch or farm. I agreed with him 100 percent. I think that too many parents today are keeping their kids too clean and I also think that they are too often afraid to just let them be kids and eat a dirt clod if they want to. Mud pies never were too tasty but I never heard of a fatality or kids being obese as too many are today from eating mud pies.
There were many, many times in the branding pen where water to wash with was not available and I and the cowboy crew and our kids would sit down to eat a quick lunch with manure, blood and maybe a little hair stuck to our unwashed hands. I never got sick from it and don’t recall any of the crew or the kiddos complaining about not feeling well afterwards. We simply built up an immunity from some of the germs and that was the good doctor’s point that most of us have evolved into a bunch of lily white, squeaky clean individuals that just don’t want anything to do with dirt.
Now you folks that live close to the mountains that like to fish, hunt, hike and go camping are more likely to get your share of dirt and some uncleanliness. Good for you! In fact, this holiday season while you are preparing the dressing for the bird, just add a couple of tablespoons of dirt and see if you don’t feel better!
Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. ya.
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