Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Funnies - A Troll Under the Bridge?



When we went to the Texas State Railroad last month, we decided to go into Rusk to see the longest footbridge in the country.










The 546 foot bridge was built to join the towns of Rusk and New Birmingham. (New Birmingham no longer exists, not even the streets.) When we found the bridge, we were more than just a little disappointed to see that it was really just a wood sidewalk through a park, which included a bridge over a small creek.



But since we were there, I hopped out of the pickup with my camera and walked down the "bridge" to the creek in the center. From there, I took some pictures of the creek from different angles, some of the flowers beside the bridge, and some shots of the "bridge" rising up the other side.



There were a several pairs of shoes on the bridge over the creek, and I could hear girls giggling and splashing in the water under the bridge. As I walked around taking pictures, I heard the cross voice of an older girl below say "I hope you are having fun walking around up there."

I called down to them that I was, and asked "Hey, are you trolls or ogres living beneath the bridge?" That got an indignant "No!" So I asked if she knew what a troll or ogre was. She replied with a hesitant "No-o-o". I told her that trolls lived on the bridges and threatened to kick people over the side if they didn't pay a toll, and in the fairy tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff," the troll threatened to eat the goats if they tried to cross the bridge. The girl below said "Epic! That's a great idea!"

Then I told her that the billy goat kicked the troll off the bridge. "Oh," came the glum reply, "not so epic."

So if you visit the country's longest wooden footbridge, be careful crossing the bridge.



Linking to Share a Smile at The Crumby Mummy.

15 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

:-) What a fun post! The girls learned something new from 'the older' generation. I would have enjoyed that walk on the bridge. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

The Artful Diva said...

that is a loooong footbridge - surely a troll lives nearby!

Gill - That British Woman said...

that's funny that they had never heard of that fairy tale. It was a standard one when we were growing up.

Tired Teacher said...

I love this post!

MartiDIY said...

Hey there! How are you?

Yes, I'm sure that older girl was thinking internet troll. Too bad kids don't hear the old fairy tales anymore. But then, I don't know the latest fads they do like either.

MartiDIY said...

Yes, it is a long bridge, or walkway. For some reason though, when I read the word "bridge" I thought it would be up in the air for a long distance.

MartiDIY said...

I know, for me too! I have read that parents today think the old fairy tales are too violent. Somehow, as a kid, I managed to know the difference between a story and reality. I never had nightmares after reading Hansel and Gretel or Red Riding Hood, or any of those. lol

MartiDIY said...

Thanks. This was the first conversation I've had with people without ever seeing them. They never did come out from under the bridge. ;)

Brandy Heineman said...

That's adorable! I'm glad your disappointing trip turned out to be rather amusing! :)

MartiDIY said...

Thank you, that's a good way to look at it.

The Crumby Mummy said...

:) Glad you put then in their place! Hopefully they were less grumpy the next time somebody trip trapped over their bridge! My daughter loves playing Billy Goats Gruff everytime we see a bridge. Thanks for linking up!

The Crumby Mummy said...

Are you on Twitter? I'd be happy to tweet about your post and tag you in it if you are. x

Kate said...

What a cute story.

MartiDIY said...

I'm sure the oldest girl thought I was doing it to disturb them, but I was just trying to get some good pictures. But yes, maybe they were less grumpy with the next person to walk over.

MartiDIY said...

Thanks Kate.