county fair calamity

My Family

The year was 1984, August - hot dusty and dry. I was a young mother of a 2 yr old and quite obviously pregnant with my second child. To break the monotony, my mother and I decided to go to the county fair, she had entered her handmade Afghan into one of the contests. Because of this we got to park in an area reserved for participants rather than the regular parking area. Which for us meant less walking to the tent area, to view the other entries.

Years before my mother had been in a serious automobile accident in West Virginia, leaving her with one leg about 5 inches shorter than the other, she had a lifted shoe but her limp was still very noticeable. Well she was patched up in the 'backwoods country' in 1963, about all they could do was 'fix her as best they could'.

My Dad, has always been the bargain hunter in the family. He had been attending State auctions for several years and always came home with gobs of fairly neat stuff. He had to buy a 'lot' of an item, which means a bunch of the same stuff. One year he got several wheelchairs, in various sizes from adult to child size.

When he bought the wheelchairs, the thought occurred that I would not need a baby stroller, this was perfect! Who needs a stroller when you have a perfectly good wheelchair! The only problem were the legs, they were rusty and wouldn’t come off, and they were sort of stuck - sticking out. Rather than use a cane Mom always pushed the cart in the store when we were shopping, this was no different for her. She decided to push the wheelchair.


The 3 of us were making our way to the tent site, Mom pushing the wheelchair, Matthew riding in the chair and me waddling my pregnant self behind the two of them. The road was of course dirt, with bumps and ruts. All of a sudden, out of the blue, Mom trips and as she is falling, she pushes the wheelchair. She lands in the dirt with a thud, the wheelchair is off and rolling across a field. I’m stunned, I just stand there.

“What do I do?” I ask myself, looking back and forth between Mom and son.  Mom is lolling about in the dirt, suffering great embarrassment and trying to get up. The only thing I can see of Matthew is his little blond head bobbing up and down, over the back of the wheelchair, as he is bumping across the field. I kind of bobbed back and forth from one foot to the other, trying to decide who to help. I did the only thing I could do at the moment. I laughed, and boy did I laugh. I stood there with my legs crossed trying to keep from peeing my pants as I roared with laughter. Mom started laughing as I was helping her up. Then I run, well maybe it was more of a fast waddle as pregnant as I was, laughing to where Matthew had finally landed, with the wheelchair upside down, in effect trapping him inside. The tears were running down my face by now, with laughing and trying to keep from wetting my pants.

He was fine, I picked him up dusted him off and put him back in his wheelchair, all the while still giggling. I helped Mom dust off as well, she too saw the humor in it and was chuckling herself. All of a sudden I looked around, there were several people standing there looking at ME…. Some with horror, and some with anger, I could almost feel the daggers they were shooting with their eyes. It took me a minute to figure out why they were so angry. Then I realized what THEY saw…

At least someone had a happy ending

Here I was making this ‘poor cripple’ woman push my ‘poor cripple’ child, he must be bad if he is in a wheelchair, she fell and he tipped over and all I could do was laugh….

My son? He wanted to ‘Do it again Gramma!’. My Mother? She won the Blue Ribbon (1st prize) for her Afghan. Me? I became the most hated woman at the County Fair (well at least temporarily)

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Raychl 6 years ago

This is sooo funny I laughed through the whole thing

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

susie - this is a masterpiece. I knew what was coming but it didn't spoil the fun. Kudos to you.

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL Ty Raychl I so much appreciate you taking the time to read AND comment!! Means the world to me!

drbj - WOW, that is truly a compliment for sure! Thank you SO much. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Manda 6 years ago

Okay...I like this one....LOL!! That was too funny!! Sorry I didn't get to it earlier I had a doc. appt. today for myself and was at my parents all day and then Mel took us all to dinner and shopping. It was really good...most of these make me laugh and yes there are the couple here and there where I cry all the way through. I even took the time to print this one for Anthony and the sex one too LOL!! Miss u and great job :)!!

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Amanda!!! I'm glad you liked it... I thought you might. One of the kids' favorite stories!! LOL on the sex one... hehehe Raychl told Matthew the other day "Hey Matt, your Mom wrote a story on sex".... He didn't think it was funny...

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cbmm24 6 years ago from Monroe, Mi

OMG Susie this is the funniest thing ever.. Now I know why we have been friends forever. I love Ya Susie Keep writting..

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Oh , I love the tellin' of this one! So funny/folksy! Rate up!

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JillKostow 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

That was too funny!!! My kids are looking at me laughing at the computer like I'm nuts. Sometimes you just have to find the humor in life. I know for myself I would go completely crazy if I didn't.

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Sweetsusieg: What a fond memory to share with us. I'm just wondering why all those people were so upset though. If you stop and think about it not one of them did anything to try and help a woman on the ground, a pregnant woman in trouble, though laughing, or a runaway wheelchair with a child in it. I mean really what kind of people were they to look down on you with all of this happening right infront of them?

Thank God everything worked out OK and you and your Mom can still have a good laugh with it.

Brother Dave.

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Oh Jill - Yes, what would life be without laughter?? This was one of the stories that my kids make me tell EVERYONE that walks through our door! I do have a few others to share, just finding the time to write them all down!

I'm glad that you could enjoy it, and at the same time keep your kids wondering what you were up to!

Dave - Well I think the reason I didn't get any help was the distance from them to us. It was probably a good 100 feet. Maybe they figured I was laughing so it couldn't be too bad, I'm not sure... I just remember those daggers from the eyes and the looks on their faces. I still giggle when thinking of watching my sons' head bobbing up and down in that chair!

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BenjaminB 6 years ago

The county fair,a great place for small town folks to build lifelong memories.

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm sure I will remember this time for a LONG time!! LOL

Thanks for reading and Thank you for commenting!

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JillKostow 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

I needed a good laugh (after having the worse week of my life all over again). This hub did the trick. Ever since I read it the first time I just keep picturing it in my head as if I was there!!!(excellent writing on your part) But thank you once again for a heart felt laugh with tears flowing from my eyes!!!

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I am so glad I could help you Jill!!

Girl - If it ever gets so bad that you're not sure if you can hang on even for one more day... call me... I PROMISE you will glad you have your life instead of mine!! Well most of my friends are glad anyway, when things start getting bad for them, thinking I am sure "Things could be worse... I could have Susan's life..." LOL

I still picture it in my head... Get a good chuckle out of it every time! This is gonna sound mean, but I have so many good "Mom falling down" memories... She was always a good sport about it and had a good laugh with me.

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JillKostow 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

For me I have good "dad falling down" memories, but he is not a good sport about me still laughing. (being my parents are now reading what I write I must be careful) My mom was a good sport when I wrote about how I scared her!! I will just have to sneak some in about my dad!!lol

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

My Step-Mom is now printing all of my work, she is very proud of my writing.. I think my Dad reads my stuff, not sure. I know he has liked my writing in the past though.

Yep, sneak in some good stories about your Dad... would love to read them! hehehehe it will be our secret..

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davidseeger 6 years ago from Bethany, OK

Marvelous! Really enjoyed this.

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you! Even though I have put it in the written word, I still get a chuckle!

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Debbie Adams 6 years ago

Susan this was very funny it was quite a calamity for you my gosh you sure had your share or things in your life Thanks for finding this story

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

You are most welcome Deb, I was happy to do it for you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. The kids loved the retelling of this so much I had to try to put it into a Hub...

opie 6 years ago

I'm laughing...thinking of what fun it was for you to be able to reconize the humor in the situation.Once agian I was there with ya.I like that being ther with ya.kind of get the same thing when I read ...ahhh what's her name???Oh ya NORA ROBERTS.

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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

This was such a good story/Hub. I can picture the dirt trail up to the barns, and arts and craft building at our State fair. I am still laughing. Thanks for sharing.

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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I still chuckle when thinking about it... If we could only find a way to video tape our brains!!! Some great stuff locked away in there for sure!

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

A lovely and very funny story! Isn’t it funny that those people that are quick to jump to conclusions always are on the right spot at the right moment. Thanks for sharing this story; it is too good to be untold and forgotten!

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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I still have to chuckle about it~

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