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  • Sneaky child!

    2011 - 05.20

    I’m going to try very hard to be a good girl and post to my blog every Friday. I suppose the word “girl” is inappropriate since I’m now so old I may forget to write the actual blog. <sigh>

    I spent part of this last week editing, creating covers, then posting some of my short stories to Kindle. Time-consuming, at times irritating but worth it after it was done. But isn’t that true of just about everything we do in life?

    Chatting with some of the people that bought those stories, I was reminded again of childhood memories. I don’t know, maybe I linger in the past too much. Oh well, it’s my imagination and I’ll play in it if I want to, right?

    One of my readers, and I won’t mention any names (cough…Beth…cough) told me about an Easter from her childhood. Should be a sweet memory, huh? Ah, but you don’t know Beth. You know, I’ll let her tell you in her own words!

        It was two days after my fifth Easter when our phone rang early that morning. It was Mrs. Erwin calling to ask my mother if I was sick. My mother responded no and inquired why this early call regarding my health and well being. Mrs. Erwin explained that out of four of her five children had experienced the most horrible case of diarrhea, the whole prior night, except for the infant. Mother said she was so sorry to hear of the children’s affliction but, no, I was fine. Mother began fixing my breakfast when the phone rang again and it was Mrs. Nelson inquiring of my health and after mother said I was fine. Mrs. Nelson said that her little Sammy had been up with a most terrible case of diarrhea and she was concerned about me when she remembered that looking out her kitchen window and seeing Sammy, the four Erwin children, and myself all sitting under the tree eating out of our Easter Baskets. As Mrs. Nelson finished her story she said that by the way, she thought Beth looked so cute walking around the yard with her little sun-suit on and that pretty little blue Easter purse hanging around my arm. My mother thanked her and hung up, finishing my breakfast. That’s when my mother, the valedictorian of the class of 1945, a pretty smart lady, began to investigate why all the children I had played with the day before had come down with horrible diarrhea all night long and I hadn’t. She began with my Easter basket, nothing afoul there. Then she saw the cute little blue Easter purse Mrs. Nelson had spoken of on the phone. When she opened it she immediately was able to put two and two together. There in the bottom of the little purse was an aluminum wrapper with a lone small square of what looked like chocolate but with further investigation, turned out to be not chocolate candy but Ex-Lax. My mother being way too moral and honest for my own sake, made the phone calls to Mrs. Erwin and Mrs. Nelson to inform them their children did not have a childhood dreaded disease, they were just experiencing the effects of being fed Ex-Lax. She insisted that her sweet little daughter surely didn’t know what she was doing by feeding her little neighbor friends, that were always being mean to her, a whole box of Ex-Lax. And it was just added bad luck that it followed the day after those same kids’ tummies were stuffed full of hard boiled Easter eggs and all the Easter candy that could consume….or did she?! 

    So if know Beth and she offers you chocolate, run to the bathroom!

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