Loose Your Bananas

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I noticed that I have NO" funny" hubs so,I decided to unleash my funny bone.

This story is about my family. I was about 13, Dad took some vacation time and the Ray family went across country. We were going to visit kin folk in "loose your bananas". We had a great time, my sister and I sat in the back of our paneled Oldsmobile facing traffic, we had fun getting the truckers to honk. I swear they got the movie "Vacation" Idea from my family!! We arrived at our cousins house somewhere near Lafayette. The boys showed us around, they had a snapping turtle in a wash tub and of course us girls were weirded out about that. I remember they put a stick in the wash tub and the turtle snapped it in two. It was hot and steamy there, so we decided to go take a dip at the local swimming hole, it was so refreshing, we were in the water splashing around and someone started yelling GATOR GATOR! I immediately struggled for shore, then something grabbed my leg! I started screaming bloody murder!! I just knew I was Gator bait. My adrenalin kicked in and I kicked like crazy, then springing up from the murky water was my cousins smiling face. I would have slapped it off accept for the water getting in my way splashing him. I gave him the most ugly looking face I think I could have in my life, I was still shook up, and I turned and ran for shore. He later apologized and I laughed about it too.

The Next morning my sisters and I get up and all of us kids were headed for the local hangout. where the snapping turtle is. All of a sudden my baby sister is hopping up and down in the middle of the road taking off her pants! She's screaming and yelling and flailing her arms. I though maybe she was having some kind of seizure. I run back to her to see whats going on. I look down and see a cockroach about 4 inches long scampering out of her pants off on the road. I shake her pants off an hide my horrified laughter behind the jeans. One of the boys stomps on the thing. Then I simply reply "its gone" By then, I feel the bugs and I am ready to completely strip to make sure I don't have any critters in on me. We get to the store and I hit the bathroom immediately to check my clothes. Whew!

We were lucky no one was driving down the road, they would have wondered what in the heck all of us kids were doing! Every once in a while I look back and laugh about our "Loose Your Bananas" Trip.


A markerlafaette -
Lafayette, LA, USA
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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon Author

Thank you :)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We all took that trip as kids, to one destination or another!

Funny stuff.

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