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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 • Posted June 17, 2009

LOL.

For the longest time I thought that stood for “Little Old Lady.”

But those in the know know.

The email acronym means “Laugh Out Loud.”

And that’s what happened when I reread last week’s column.

A typo went unnoticed.

And I quote myself:

“Although the best time to plant [roses] is barefoot in the Fall.”

Yep, something about kicking off your shoes and tromping around in the dirt

makes those roses grow.

Um…bareROOT was the intended word.

But barefoot could be good.

Especially in the Fall.

Nothing like cold damp soil to keep you on your toes.

I can just see Lucy and Ethel planting roses the same way they stomped

grapes in that classic episode of “I Love Lucy.”

Maybe that’s what goes on over there in Tyler.

The whole town turns out to do some barefoot planting.

Instead of a green thumb, it’s a green toe.

Or foot.

Going barefoot around here can be tricky.

And painful.

Grass burrs.

Needlegrass.

Cactus.

Rocks.

Mesquite.

Horse-cripplers.

Yucca.

Ants.

Rattlesnakes.

Barbed wire.

Cat’s claw.

Tin.

And that’s just between the barn and the pasture.

Barefeet can also encounter broken glass.

Bits of wire.

Scrap metal.

Dead animal.

Nails.

Bones.

Shotgun shells.

Traps.

Hot asphalt.

Hot sidewalk.

Hot everything.

Summer’s here.

So watch your step.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, author, and real estate broker on the square.

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