Great Stories! WOW! these are so true! I agree with AtomicEraTom; we "drove" all around town! on dad's lap! My Dad gave my brother & I baths together when he had to look after us while mom was working at the coffee shop!there sas never anything thought as weird or immoral of that! in-so-far-as the Menses "Wives' Tales" I rember it was Late Spring/Early Summer 1977 Renoldsburg,Ohio My then husband & I had relocated to Ohio after he got out of the Service out here in CA. I was about 4 or 5 noths pregnant.We went to go visit his Grandfather who was living with his daughter & son-in-law. it was a "family day" (sunday afternoon with everyone over) the 3 daughters & myself were "out at the garden" so they were barefooted bent over pulling up seedling weeds so I started to take off my shoes when the one daughter touched my arm & said "not us;your prgenant & I'm on my period.We can't go into the garden" I looked at her like she had 3 heads!"WHAT?why?" having grown up with a "farmer" father I'd never heard of such a "crazy thing" as soon as I got home I called dad up out here in CA I asked him if he'd ever heard of such a thing he said he had "years ago" people thought that if a menestrating woman was in the gardent it would "taint" the crops because of the "iron & acid" imbalance in their system during that time As for the pregnant woman the earth would be too much on the child & cause her to miscarry!.....Now, the miscarry thing 1/2 right! the bending and pulling on a 2 term woman COULD cause premature contractions however........the other one?not so much! pffeff! lol Craziness!