Black Walnuts

George Boyer with Nelson Paul & Priscilla 001 (2)

Black walnuts always take me home
Back to the place of my childhood
And to the black walnut tree growing
On the side of the hill above the driveway
Each fall a bushel full lay in crushed array
Uncracked by car tires driving over

59 Chevy at Masontown 001 (2)

Today at d’Verse, De Jackson asked us to write a quadrille of 44 words for our prompt, and use some form of the word Crack. The word crack brought back memories of collecting, shelling, and later, cracking black walnuts to pick out the meat for cookies and eating. The nuts have a tough husk around the outside and need to fall on the ground and deteriorate some before they can be removed. We poured them on the driveway and used the car tires to shell them out. Then, we put them in the basement next to the coal furnace to dry. The shell of the actual nut is very hard and had to be broken with a hammer.

The photo above shows my siblings, with our neighbor, before I was born. You can see the walnut tree on the hill just to the right of the old water pump. The actual drive was created after I was born.

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56 thoughts on “Black Walnuts

  1. Wonderful piece Dwight, and great old pics! I had a black ‘59 Chevy, white ragtop, with red interior. It was 348 cubes with 3-dueces, and a four speed. At top speed the back end would float up. That was a scary thrill. Loved that crazy car!

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  2. I remember black walnuts from my childhood. Haven’t seen one for years. I remember their distinctive taste …. and how difficult it was to get to the meat of the thing!!!!

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