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SoCS – The Paw Paw Patch

Day 321

Linda tempts us with bonus points again this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “where.” Start your post with the word “where” and write whatever comes to you. Bonus points if you end your post with “where” too. Enjoy!

Where oh where is poor little Maggie
Where oh where is poor little Maggie
Where on where is poor little Maggie
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch

The Paw-paw patch is an Appalachian folk song we sang as a family any time we took a long trip. The following verses are about finding the person in the paw-paw patch and seeing them picking up paw-paws and putting them in their pockets.

It was also featured in the Bare Necessities song in “Jungle Book”.

Paw-paw fruit comes from a tree native to North America and common in the Appalachians. The fruit is a soft custard-like fruit that does not last long and it therefore uncommon to find in any grocery stores. It might be available at some farmer’s markets but it has a very short shelf life.

The unfortunate thing about the tree is that it requires insects for pollination and as a result, the flowers emit a scent similar to that of rotting meat.

Everything has its pros and cons though, don’t you think? The pro is that early tests show the paw-paw may have cancer-fighting properties.

All I know is my two-year-old granddaughter now sings the song and it goes on forever because everyone she knows gets lost in the paw-paw patch.

It seems the paw-paw can be slightly poisonous to some people.

If you are ever looking for poor little Maggie, just come looking. You’ll know where.

Head over to Linda’s blog to see where the other participants took this prompt. Check out the rules and give it a shot!