The Historian: Black walnuts in local culture

Photo courtesy of Bob Wood: Walnut was the wood of choice for Adam Brant. He made this tall case clock in Fagleysville toward the end of the 18th century.

He is running with the wrong crowd. Who hasn't heard this saying from their parents at one point or another in their lives? I heard this from my parents on many occasions throughout my life, a couple of times directed toward me.

But the thinking behind the saying is definitely derived from good judgment because, like it or not, people act like their friends and turn out like them most of the time. Hence, if one is running with the wrong crowd, there is a good chance that the individual will end up getting into some trouble.

The people that one surrounds himself with will influence him, whether for good or bad. That is why parents are always worried about the friends that their children hang out with.

A lot of times, throughout the teen years and early twenties, there are not many individuals who are doing the "right thing." Many individuals, in-cluding myself, have run wild during these years and it is only by God's grace that many more individuals this age are not hurt, pregnant or killed.

I can recall many times throughout those crazy years when I, along with my friends, could have ended up in some real trouble. Luckily for our sakes, we never had any truly bad outcomes. But like I said, we were lucky.

Thankfully, about a year and a half ago, I was able to get my life back on track and begin to live a life that is worthwhile and actually contribute to the betterment of others' lives. This, however, was not easy.

When a person decides to make a stand and say he is not going down that path that many trod, he finds that the going is very lonely at times. But the bleak outlook will not last forever and if he sticks to the course he will see light at the end of the tunnel.

Continuing down the same path of riotous living will only lead to one's demise. Oh yes, there are some who will go on for a very long time, living a rowdy lifestyle, but sooner or later the ride will come to a screeching halt.

Unfortunately for these individuals, the incident that causes one to see his need for a change may cause irre-parable damage, either to him, others, or both. It is really sad when an individual must learn his lesson and others feel the consequences of his bad decisions.

For younger individuals, learn to take advice from others who have been through an experience. Listening to the wise words of someone may keep an individual from experiencing a lot of heartache that is unnecessary.

*He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.*

*Proverbs 13:20; I Corinthians 15:33

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