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B is Butterbeans, Bonfires, and Buttons

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 2, 2016

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “B is For Butterbeans, Bonfires, and Buttons” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

B is for Butterbeans–five bushels of butterbeans


Last summer, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater asked for volunteers to submit Summer Notebook Projects for Kids and I contributed my springboard activity.  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/try-this-look-for-a-springboard/

I don’t know if she’ll repeat the notebook project, but you can contact her to see.  Amy has a new poetry book out called Every Day Birds.  Check it out and her poetry blog called “The Poem Farm.” It’s National Poetry Month.  I hope you’ll visit lots of poets.


B is for Bonfire

Linda M. Andersen copyright 2012

Linda M. Andersen copyright 2012

I live out in the country in a home with a septic tank.  One year, we decided to cut a full-grown magnolia tree that grew on top of our septic tank lines.  We watched the bonfire, much like others watch fireworks.  When I think of bonfires, I think of high school homecomings and the memory of our magnolia.   Name occasions when you’ve attended a bonfire.  What memories stand out for you?

B is for Buttons

Buttons from Joanna. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Buttons from Joanna. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen


Buttons from Joanna. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Buttons from Joanna. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

People who know me well know that buttons bring back special memories for me.  One such friend gave me these framed cloth gifts.  Who knows you well enough to find those “just right” gifts?






What “B” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.  Maybe one of these will serve as a springboard or a writing prompt.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

15 Responses to “B is Butterbeans, Bonfires, and Buttons”

  1. B is for bananas, bounty, bees, butterflies, and beautiful! This is fun. I like buttons too…bring back memories of playing in my Grandmother’s buttons!

    • I like your list, Carol. I’m glad you’re having fun with this too. It appealed to me. Of course, I’m not tackling the deep subjects some participants have chosen. Keeping it light, probably! Time will tell!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Shelling butterbeans, watching a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis! Buttons galore…isn’t it interesting when you lose a button how difficult it is to find one the same size and color to fit!

    Enjoy your day!
    Never Give Up

    • I know how much you love butterflies. I’m so glad you added them here. And yes, it is hard to believe how hard it can be to find a button the same color and size as one that has been lost. Shows you how special even the small things are. Thanks so much for commenting. Have a great day thinking on “B” things.

  3. Kathleen said

    Linda, your bonfire picture brought back some happy memories when I was co-leader of Sara’s Brownie troop and we had a bonfire with smores! 🙂

  4. B makes think of my father whose name was Brooke. But it also makes me think of bay horses and big crabs. When I was a teenager, I was at a bonfire at the farm where I was teaching horse-back riding. A number of us were there, including my sort of boyfriend. He was trying to give me a compliment so he said, “Smoke goes toward beauty.” Only problem with that was the smoke was blowing away from me! He meant well.

    • Sarah, your life is full of exciting adventures. I loved the story of the boyfriend who tried to pass along a compliment, but the wind went and shifted on him. I can see why you never forgot it. Thanks so much for participating. I’m glad my post brought back fond memories, and I’m especially glad it made you think of your dad.

  5. mona861 said

    This is fun writing prompt. B wouldn’t be for butterbeans in my world…maybe baked beans, butterflies, beatles and blossoms…and could go on. Love this. Thank you!

    • Mona,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the writing prompt. Thank you for taking time to tell me.

      Picking butterbeans is hard work, but my post shares how my mom taught us kids to focus on completing the task at hand. That’s why I chose to mention butterbeans. I know there are lots of delightful “B” words and I’m so glad you named some of your favorites. Thank you for visiting and I hope you’ll be back again soon.

  6. Bonfires we had on guy fawkes night but when the Empire ended so did our celebration of Guy fawkes. In the country, on farms, when people drop by, bonfires are often set in winter and people congregate around them to keep warm. Good b memories.

  7. Ah, buttons and bonfires. I love the button samplers. They would suit my decor perfectly, Linda. Bonfires are fun as long as they are in control. We had a bonfire in our backyard last year with the grand kiddies lighting up great memories. 🙂

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