This can be drama, as in terrifying life events, or tragedy, or really any genre, and, if you think about it, these stored up experiences are like gold in your head!
This is exactly what happened during a conversation with my good friend and colleague, Angelia Phillips , a wide-ranging topic blogger, as we were discussing the merits of our favourite berries. The second she mentioned mulberries I went into faraway mode . . .
If you're lucky, these links can be memories of a real life unrehearsed comedy show, dredged up from the inner recesses of your very mature mind.
If you're even more fortunate, the funny aspects of it lead to unrestrained laughter. And if you're even luckier than that, your mind continues to probe this word/experience connection in a lateral way, coming up with new thoughts on the topic.
A Munching Story
Come to think of it, most of the time we had to actually find our own amusement.
Anyway, a great interest and competition had developed in my class; we all became silkworm keepers.
Our parents encouraged this, no doubt because our somewhat elderly dog then was able to be shared among all the children without the pressure of any competition.
Our silkworm farming enterprises kept us focused. Silkworms only eat mulberry leaves, and these have to be freshly collected each day. We tended those worms with a passion, gathering leaves at just the right stage of tenderness to please our ever-multiplying worm stock.
We kept them in shoe boxes, which had to be decorated with art work and cutouts from magazines. We felt in some way this would be inspirational for our worms. We carefully made air holes in the lids, and were sure never to put wet leaves in, because the worms would die.
Champion among us was Davey. I never did hear what his secret was because his techniques were closely guarded. His worms were at least 3" long, pure white, plump and velvety in appearance. He tried to be humble and casual about it, but those worms were perfect, no doubt about it. They moved slowly, systematically as silkworms do, nibbling daintily at his carefully chosen mulberry leaves.
They must have eaten night and day, without any rest.
Silkworms Can Provide...
There wasn't a major worldwide economic downturn at that time either, with people left struggling to feed their families, and jobs being far and few between.
I started to wonder why most silk makers are found in Asian countries. There seem to be mulberry trees in any countries. I see absolutely no reason why any people in any country couldn't make beautiful silk. I did make silk. but I didn't make enough to create a business! Well, I was pretty young!
All these thoughts went through my head as I thought about Davey and the loss of his fat white worms.
Nowadays there is all kinds of information about silkworms and growing them for profit. Lots of sidelines too - growing mulberry trees, making winter food from the leaves, selling the pupae for pet food, etc. The silkworm business is actually very good, and learning about it is easy.
There are two different methods for processing the silk cocoons. One is a commercial spinning method, and the other rustic one is very simple.