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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Digging to China

Do kids still dig to China these days? Probably not, I have a feeling that the CC&Rs would not permit it. The other day I started thinking about the time I dug a hole to China!

One morning when I was around 5, my best friend Peggy and I decided that we would try to dig a hole through the middle of the earth, and pop out in China!

We picked the perfect location right next to my sandbox, got the shovel out of the garage, decided it would be easier using "digging sticks" (I distinctly remember the shovel being taller than I was) and got to work. We dug and dug and scratched and scraped and talked about what China would be like and wouldn't they be surprised when we popped out of the ground, and wouldn't it be funny to walk upside down!

At the time I had the attention span of a 5 year old, so when my mom called us in for lunch we dropped our excavation equipment and ran in for lunch, never to complete the project and surprise the Chinese with our sudden appearance.

Maybe I didn't forget, maybe I was forbidden by authorities hostile to any warming of American/Chinese relations (or by my mother who didn't want a gaping hole in her backyard). Anyway, Nixon stole my thunder and we only got about 3 feet of the way to China.

I will never forget trying to dig to China, and for a short while actually believing it was possible, and just trying to do it even though the odds were totally against us (in the form of what my father would say when he came home and saw his back yard dug up and piles of dirt everywhere). In fact, from now on, whenever I have a big project looming, I am going to call it "Digging to China" and approach it with the same blind optimism that only a child (and the insane) can muster!

After all A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!



Anonymous said...

I definitely tried to dig to China as a kid (say, a little over ten years ago?), so the thought has not disappeared.

What really got me, however, was when I was playing with a little boy in Spain, who told me that he wanted to dig a hole to the other side of the reach Australia!

Anonymous said...

Love it! What a great thought. My friend and I also tried to dig a hole to China. And hoped to find treasures along the way. As soon as her mother saw what we were doing we were in big trouble!