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"Be'n Sick Just Ain't No Fun"

Updated on February 4, 2017

Remembrances of my childhood...

Nobody likes to be sick, especially an eight-year-old boy, and even if you have to be sometimes, that don’t make it go any better. Remember your mom sayin’, “Come here! Why son, you’re hotter ‘n a wood stove.” Then you’d hear… “Stick your tongue out and say ahhh.” Then that all too familiar, “Huh Hmmm” just like ole Doc Brinkley would say it, I never did know just what ‘Huh Hmmm’ meant or just what atrocious disease that phrase mimicked, but I know I always hated to hear it. Especially in the summer time because it meant being separated from my friends and I just couldn’t miss a day of play. Any all American boy knew that and just the thought of an undiagnosed illness meant just one thing. Castor Oil, yuckkk. That was some nasty stuff, somewhere between kerosene and motor oil I think.

Do you remember being sick as a child?

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"Is this for him?"

One time I went to town with my dad, to the ole Bunting's Drug Store and watched as they made up a batch. The druggist looked down at me and ask, “Is this for him?’’ Dad said, “Yes,” and I don’t remember much after that until I got home and watch’n mom as she rolled up her sleeves. I didn’t even want my worst enemy to have to drink that stuff, much less me! One thing about it, if it wasn’t a good dose of the Castor Oil I be getting’ it would probably end up being an enema. A boy growin’ up couldn’t get past it, like dad said, “You’re gonna get it in one end or the other…” And even though my mom was no doctor, she was definitely good at administering either tonic or therapy and looking back I would have gladly offered her the Nobel Peace Prize if I thought I could escape such inhuman treatment at the hand of the one who brought into this world.

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cold medicine

We may lose momentum occasionally...

Sometimes now I wonder how I ever made it out of childhood, alive that is. Life was sure hard on us little boys during the early ‘50’s and living in upper East Tennessee, but we never knew it was so bad. There was no TV and even though we had heard of places like New York and Atlanta we had never been there and didn’t know anyone who had. We just put so much intent in our playin’ back then that it was seen as something sorta’ sacred to us. Please don’t tell mom I said that, she would have washed my mouth out with soap for sure. But times haven’t changed a whole lot since childhood. We still like to continue with the plans we’ve made and certainly the tasks that lay before each of us each day. Our writings will return. We may lose momentum occasionally but what about the roll we felt we were on. All those ideas and good topics that no one else had even thought of using are now squandered. The plans for the new year and all the new technics, just armed and ready to plunge head long and foot loose and then you get hold of a bug; just a little ole thing and get sick for a week and miss it all… Be’n sick, just ain’t no fun!

© SamSonS 2011


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Pollyannaiana for sharing your reminisce. When I was growing up it was thought that a good dose of salts run through you would clear anything up. Thats why I acted better even if I wasn't...

  • Pollyannalana profile image


    7 years ago from US

    I have had a taste or two of Castor Oil too and bad as it is it really is so good for you, I wonder if it comes in capsules? It really should, I may check on that because I was never forced to take but some great benefit I cannot even remember is why I tried but I think a couple of times is all it took to yuck me out.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks must65gt for your kindness in commenting. And yes, Castor Oil was as bad as you can imagine...

  • must65gt profile image


    7 years ago

    lol...never was forced to drink Castor Oil....or was hub and thanks for putting it to pen.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    Hi again Bro Dave. Your comments are always welcome...

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    Dave Mathews 

    7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samsons1: As you can tell by my previous comment, I am not affected or is it effected by illness or sickness, I don't let them bother me nor do I seek or expect compassion or sympathy when I get a little under the weather, but I have to chuckle under my breath when my poor wife gets ill, you'd think that she carried the weight of the world on her shoulders when this happens. Opposites do attract after all. My usual first response to her is take a pill, but then I quickly mellow and give her the care she needs, notice I don't say desires. I will nurse her, but I will not baby her.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks Bro Dave for your insightful comments. In health and in times of solitude and illness my best friend is Jesus who sticks closer than a brother.

    *and my dear Bro fred, thanks for your uplifting remarks and words of comfort. I always gets words of encouragement from your comments.


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    fred allen 

    7 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

    There is much sorrow and pain. Always have been. There is much joy and beauty. Always have been. I've had to put everything on hold a number of times because of temporary illness or injury. God has shown me that no matter what comes my way, He is always with me. There is no higher purpose in life than to trust Him no matter what.

    Whenever I read your hubs, simplicity sparks profound thinking.

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    Dave Mathews 

    7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samsons1: Voted up and beautiful. I agree there is nothing worse than being sick. That is why I adapted my addage towards sickness. It is mind over matter, I don't give it any mind because it doesn't matter, God can handle it. And He does.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks lifegate for your comments and I hope you recover soon, be'n sick just ain't no fun (couldn't resist the pun...)

    *and thank you oceansnsunsets, some said I dated myself with the mere mention of Castor Oil and maybe so. You know, I think I can still remember the taste of that awful stuff...

  • oceansnsunsets profile image


    7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Samsons, A great hub! I have never had Castor Oil and don't plan to remedy that any time soon, lol. Thanks for sharing this hub.

  • lifegate profile image

    William Kovacic 

    7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


    What a wonderful hub since I'm sitting here sick with the flu. I'm sure it will pass soon enough.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    *thank you Tammy L for sharing your remarks and yes, I think I've heard that analogy about moms.

    *and thank you my dear friend matt, for your comments. Just the mention of the words Castor Oil and for some reason I immediately began to feel better..


  • matt6v33 profile image


    7 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

    hello young man,

    I'm still smile ing as i type this...

    "Catro Oil" oh my, think u have chosen to show your age now! :) i really enjoy your writtings, and story's sir, just so u know! thanks..

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    Tammy L 

    7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

    At least when I was sick as a child, I could get some sort of rest. (Not much with 5 brothers and sisters.) Now, when I'm sick, I get to rest more when I can. My mom always said, "when the cook is sick, everyone is sick"


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