Corn and Crickets

Where are you from, Honey?

She manages to deliver her question without any particular tone and without emphasizing any of the words. It might have come out so differently.

Where are you from, Honey?
Where are you from, Honey?
Where are you from, Honey?

But the courtesy that seems to come naturally to South Carolinians sees her through her natural surprise that someone doesn’t know why they sell corn in bins outside a gas station, or why they have a box of crickets back by the restrooms, with an admonishment taped on the wall above it.

Corn bins at southern gas station.

For feeding squirrels (NO!!!) and for baiting deer.


Notice telling patrons not to put egg crates or potatoes in a box of crickets.

The admonishment.

Box full of crickets.

Fish bait in the aforementioned cricket box.

I guess I’m just a not-from-around-here Honey.


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4 Responses to Corn and Crickets

  1. Now I wonder if the Indian and Chinese cricket boxes in brass, porcelain, carved ebony, and other precious substances were for the same purpose? They have been repurposed for incense, trinkets, jewelry, and so on, but surely were too elaborate for fishers?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Good things come to she who waits. In this case, I waited and my oldest friend has an answer for you, turns out!

  2. Alison says:

    I’m on a roll! Crickets were kept in small boxes almost like a “pet”, or more likely, as a good luck talisman
    A piece of trivia I picked up from reading novels based in China, I think?

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