When I was a kid , and the rains came , earthworms would mysteriously appear and crowd into the gutters . The rainwater would flow and always be full of squirming , wet , struggling worms .
We kids would dam the gutter with small berms of mud . That was entertainment for us in those days after rains .
I suspect that kids don’t play with worms much anymore . But , maybe they would if there were the hoards of worms in gutters that there were years ago . They’d be posting pics of the worms these days , though , of course . What happened to all of the rain worms ? Gutters don’t run thick with worms after a rain anymore . Have you noticed that ?
If nothing else , it was cheap entertainment . We were probably wearing hand-me-down clothes , too , at the time , and maybe holding sticks that we were pretending were weapons . And we were , after all , out on the street playing , unsupervised . Kids don’t do that much anymore either , I think . At 6:00 we had to be home for dinner . Until then we played . That kind of play , in general , I think , may be , unfortunately , obsolete .
Ah , the joys of worm -catching in a muddy gutter ! I saw one lost solitary worm today squirming in the gutter and my mind wandered .