My Safe Spot

When I was younger, we used to play Hide and Seek in the woods and after I learned that I was immune to Poison Ivy, that was where I would hide put.  It is a low growing plant, being only about 12 inches high, so I had to lay down in the patches that were growing.  I guess it is not surprising that nobody ever came looking for me, when I was hiding there.  Poison Ivy is technically not a poisonous plant, but it does cause skin reactions to many people who come in contact with it.  The poisonous part of Poison Ivy is actually an oil found inside the plant, that makes its leaves very shiny.  Sometimes I would get bored laying on the ground in the patch of Poison Ivy, because I could hear all the other kids yelling and screaming and having fun and then I would get up and leave and try to find another hiding spot.

One day I saw this older man walking in the woods, which was strange, as usually only kids went in the woods, but he was walking his dog.  He told me that I should be more careful because those plants that were nearby were poisonous.  I told him that I was OK, because I was immune to Poison Ivy and that it would not give me a rash.  He said that he wasn’t referring to the Poison Ivy, that he meant those Hibiscus plants that I was standing next to.  He said that every part of the angel trumpet is highly poisonous, including the leaves, flowers, seeds and roots.  That they all contained toxic alkaloids, which could be deadly poisonous.  I told him that I thought they looked pretty and I was thinking about taking some of them home for my mother.  He warned me against doing that, saying if I touched them that residue could enter my blood stream or gastrointestinal tract, or it could get in my eyes or even some food that I might eat, which would lead to symptoms that include muscle weakness, dilated pupils and dry mouth, as well as a rapid pulse, fever and hallucinations.  He said that there was also a chance for me to become paralyzed or go into convulsions, which might cause me to go into a coma or cause my death.  I ran away and warned all of my friends about the deadly poisonous plants.

Written for KL Caley’s Thursday Write Photo – Poisonous Plants – Image by KL Caley.

15 thoughts on “My Safe Spot

    1. I used to be immune to Poison Ivy when I was young, but as I got older I lost my immunity. The part of the story about the man walking his dog and the Hibiscus plants was made up to satisfy the prompt, but those plants can be deadly. Thanks for reading my story Sadje.

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  1. Poison Ivy was originally recorded by The Coasters in 1959. Many groups have covered it over the years, including The Rolling Stones. Below is my favourite version:

    She comes on like a rose but everybody knows
    She’ll get you in Dutch
    You can look but you better not touch

    Poison ivy, poison ivy
    Late at night while you’re sleepin’
    Poison ivy comes a-creepin’ around

    She’s pretty as a daisy but look out man she’s crazy
    She’ll really do you in
    If you let her under your skin

    Poison ivy, poison ivy
    Late at night while you’re sleepin’
    Poison ivy comes a-creepin’ around

    Measles make you bumpy
    And mumps’ll make you lumpy
    And chicken pox’ll make you jump and twitch
    A common cold’ll fool ya
    And whooping cough’ll cool ya
    But poison ivy, Lord’ll make you itch!

    You’re gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion
    You’ll be scratchin’ like a hound
    The minute you start to mess around

    Poison ivy, poison ivy
    Late at night while you’re sleepin’
    Poison ivy comes a-creepin’ around

    Measles make you bumpy
    And mumps’ll make you lumpy
    And chicken pox’ll make you jump and twitch
    A common cold’ll fool ya
    And whooping cough’ll cool ya
    But poison ivy, Lord’ll make you itch!!

    You’re gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion
    You’ll be scratchin’ like a hound
    The minute you start to mess around

    Poison ivy, poison ivy
    Late at night while you’re sleepin’
    Poison ivy comes a-creepin’ around

    La da la da la da
    La da la da la da
    La da la da la da
    La da la da la da

    Source: LyricFind

    Songwriters: Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller

    Poison Ivy lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  2. I would get poison ivy in between my fingers…every summer it seems like somehow.
    BTW…I’m not sure how many posts I can see tonight but I’ll be back tomorrow. We are a little under half done.

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