“The Pit” is  somewhat well-known amongst the residents of Carlisle. All our close neighbors know about it, of course. It is strange, though, that I’ve even heard someone at school mention it in conversation, and they’ve never even been to my house! So what is this, this “Pit?” Well, friend, you’re about to find out.

My brothers used to dig random little holes all around our yard, and people would constantly find themselves stepping in these holes and twisting ankles or at the very least, getting a scare. Plus, they were just unsightly! Dad would tell them not to dig anymore holes, but somehow, mysteriously, more holes would appear! It wasn’t our dogs. They aren’t really the digging type. “Boys, did you dig another hole?” Psh, of course they didn’t. I mean, it’s absurd to think that maybe little 9 and 10 year old boys dug more holes even after Daddy told them not to, right? (If you couldn’t read the sarcasm there, then this is a little side note for you; that was sarcasm.) So after the “mystery holes” kept appearing, Dad had finally had enough. He took a can of spray paint and went to the far corner of our yard, and sprayed a giant circle in yellow. This was to be the digging spot. If one must ABSOLUTELY feel the pressing need to dig a hole, it had to be within this circle and nowhere else! The first day that the circle was painted, practically the entire family was outside digging holes within the yellow circle. I mean come on, it’s a free-for-all! Can’t find a shovel? Who cares? Here’s this stick! It looked for all the world like we were just blatantly ignoring child-labor laws. After a few days, of course, the hole-hype died down, and less and less progress was being made on the hole. But every once in a while, the urge to dig again returned, and a few of the boys would go outside and dig for awhile. It was getting pretty deep, but then it’d rain or something and the hole would slowly start to fill back up with mud. When this happened, the boys would rush outside and dig again! Anyway, after filling and being emptied, and filling and being emptied again, the hole has gotten deeper and deeper, and has now acquired the prestigious title of “The Pit.”  I’m not sure of it’s exact dimensions, but the title isn’t used lightly!
Ps- I’ll attach a picture later!


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