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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Dangers of Childhood

The Incomparable Marge had a close call in her childhood. In fact, she had several close calls.

the incomparably cute


  1. While visiting cousins in Dustin OK, she was chased by pigs and treed. These were not cute little pet pigs or cartoon pigs, but enormous farm pigs. They would eat anything, including small children. Fortunately, among their many skills, tree-climbing is not numbered and eventually her cousins came and corralled the pigs.
  2. While she and a friend were a-setting on a rock overlooking a lake, Western rattlesnake crawled out from underneath said rock toward them. She never saw the snake until she was shown its carcass by her friend's father, who had shot it.
  3. Once on vacation, she had hopped in her father's rowboat and her father cried not to move. Lo, there was a water moccasin in the boat between her and her father on the dock. She immediately teleported from boat to dock and the safety of her father.
  4. TIM on the stoop of her duplex
    with two neighbor boys
    When she and her father were living in a cluster of duplexes near the hobo jungle, she managed to get herself locked into the trunk of her father's car. This is no laughing matter in the Oklahoma heat. But Fortunately, her father and a neighbor managed to free her.
  5. When playing Tarzan in the kitchen, she swung on the refrigerator door in lieu of a vine, and tipped the thing over, fortunately not on herself
By TOF's count, these were five opportunities for him to be deprived of the company of the Marge, which is four more than the close calls of his own. Or else, TOF was in danger in his own youth and was oblivious to it, obliviousness not being beyond the range of reason. Still, TOFling was never threatened by snakes, let alone a herd of pigs.


  1. Going off of my boys-- the eldest of whom is only 6-- I'll go with "didn't notice he was tapdancing on the edge of disaster."

    Heart attack a day, and twice on Sundays!

  2. Sounds like your wife is a woman who, if you see her running, you should try to keep up.
       -- Occasional Correspondent

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