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ANECDOTES FROM MY PAST-PART1

Updated on October 1, 2010

INTRODUCTION

Fellow Hubbers, and other readers as you may know I love to relate funny things that have occurred during my past lifetime. In this series I will do just that in no particular order, but just as they occur to this old mind. These stories may be things that have happened to me or things that others have recounted to me during my life.

AMBER ALERT BEFORE THEY EXISTED

Back in 1961 my one-year-old nephew Jerry moved into our home with his mother. My sister Barbette had left her husband and brought Jerry home with her. He was like the little brother I had always wanted and now he was here. My Mom always feared his father would abscond with Jerry and watched him like a hawk.

One day in 1963, when Jerry was three, Mom was doing laundry and she came up from the cellar and Jerry was gone!!!!! Mom was frantic as she was sure that Jerry’s dad had stolen him. She searched the entire house at least five times and he was nowhere to be found. She called Barbette at work and said her ex had stolen her son. Barbette told mom to calm down, but there was no calming Mom when she was in a snit like this.

Mom made one more survey of the entire house, but my nephew was nowhere she searched. She sat down on the couch and dried her eyes and was preparing to call my brother Kimmie who was a cop in Moundsville and had heavy-duty law enforcement connections with Moundsville, Marshall County Sheriff, W.Va. State Troopers and Glen Dale police. Just as Mom began to dial the phone she heard a little snicker. She did a double take and listened very carefully and she located a snickering Jerry in the unused fireplace of our living room. Jerry said, ” I hide from grandma.” from the back of the fireplace behind the electric logs (decorative effect only).

Mom was so relieved that she hadn’t set off an Amber Alert before they existed that she just hugged and kissed Jerry, and he didn’t get a spanking due to her relief.

FIELD OF DREAMS OR NIGHTMARES

Long before I had ever heard of Kevin Costner and his movie, “Field of Dreams” I had my own baseball nightmare involving the now five year old Jerry in the early summer of 1966. I had been working afternoon shift at Marx Toy Plant during summer break from WVU. During this summer I was coaching the Glen Dale Pony League team, dating my wife to be, playing with my band, The Darvons, and playing with Jerry and watching his Pee Wee league games in my spare time.

This nightmare occurred while I was wide-awake and I thought I had killed Jerry. I was home in the back yard tossing a baseball with Jerry, and I saw this kid had a talent for the game. I tossed each ball a little higher and he caught each one as well as Willy Mays could have done. He could run and get under my toss and snatch it out of the air like a Major Leaguer. I soon asked him if he would like to go to the big field in Glen Dale and Uncle Tom would hit pop-ups to him. Jerry was as happy as a lark so off we went to the big field.

This kid was amazing. He could run like a deer and grab the ball on the dead run. He never missed, and he wanted more. Jerry said,” Hit it higher and longer Uncle Tom.” I took the bat, and gripped it in my hand, and I let that ball fly off my bat way over his head. Off he flew in hot pursuit of that soaring orb with his back turned he ran right to the spot where the ball would eventually land. I held my breath as he settled under the ball I had just whacked with all my might.

Then to my horror he was right under the plummeting ball, and he lost his nerve as the ball came down so he bent over and put his hands on his head. I screamed,”Jerry watch that ball!” but to no avail as the ball fell smack dab in the middle of his back with a dreadful thud!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was horrified, Oh my God I’ve killed my little brother that I’ve always wanted as he lay the prostrate on the ground. I rushed to the spot where he laid, and my great relief he was all right. He had a little bruise in the middle of his back, but no permanent damage.

 

I LEARNED MY LESSON

Whew, that was a close call, but we both learned a lesson. Adults must understand a child is still just a child, and don’t project your own aspirations and expectations on them!!!!!!!!!!!!! It almost cost Jerry’s life and my sanity, which has always been fragile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      James,

      Your seal of approval is a priceless treasure and I thank you for it, but sadly for the Darvons this one tape is all that survives us!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your complimentary comment.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      I always enjoy your little stories, brother; this one included. Thanks!

      By the way: my sound went out so I've only listened to the first set of songs so far of your band. I'll have it fixed this week and resume listening.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Harvey,

      Jerry got right up, dusted himself off and wanted to do it all over again. He was a real trooper who never backed down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Harvey Stelman 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Tom, Don't eat yourself up after so much time has passed. I'll bet he would tell you he should have caught it. You said he could catch, and like any kid wanted to take it up a notch.

      If he was an infielder; would he have ducked from a line drive? Batting: Would he have run from a high-inside fastball? You would have told him to get back in there. H

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Fifty,

      I'ts more than a wonder it's almost a miracle that were here. I agree Kids should be kids and not forced to live their parents dreams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your complimentary comment.

    • 50 Caliber profile image

      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      After many a close call, Tom it is a wonder we are hear at all, I hear what your saying about projecting parenthood onto kids, but I say what's childhood with out being allowed to children, voted up, 50

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Wayne,

      Jerry always was a little rascal, and your experience sounds harrowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Tom, please assure me that the little hide 'n seek rascal didn't grow up with a limp! LOL!...I had a like experience only I was the victim of the ball! Good Stuff! WB

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Vladimir,

      It was my pleasure, and thank you for commenting!!!!!!!!

    • Vladimir Uhri profile image

      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Great Hum my friend Tom. Thanks.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      GojiJuiceGoodness,

      I agree children should be allowed to be their own person without regard to their physical or intellectual capabilities!!!!!!

      Thank you for your cogent comment.

    • GojiJuiceGoodness profile image

      GojiJuiceGoodness 

      8 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Certainly a good reminder about kids. No matter how good, smart & physically capable they're still kids!

      Great hub! :)

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Tim,

      Thanks for reading. It's worth the effort if it's enjoyed and I know I enjoyed living it!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your complimentary comment.

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      TimBryce 

      8 years ago

      Tom -

      Good hub. Keep it coming. Enjoyed it.

      All the Best,

      Tim

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Carol,

      Mom was the genisis of my behavior, but I may have carried it to the next level!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • cjv123 profile image

      Carol 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Typical boy behavior, giving us Moms and Grammas heart-attacks...LOL! Very enjoyable read Tom! Carol

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      eovery,

      I was, I am, and I ever shall be a character. I couldn't maintain my fragile sanitity (as mentoned above) any other way!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • eovery profile image

      eovery 

      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Sounds like you were a character.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      sheila b.

      I intend to please all my friends like you and, publish more stories!!!!!! You must promise to come back, and read them.

      Thank you for your complimentary comment.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      Jerry just turned 50 in August and he has two children at home, and two that are married and on ther own. He is selling Hundai at a dealership in Wheeling, and he lives in Glen Dale with his bride!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      dahoglund,

      I agree everyone should be allowed to be their own person without being projected on by anybody!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      More, more! I really enjoyed these.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Wow Tom, Jerry is at the heart of a lot of drama in your family. What's he up to these days? My older sister loved to make believe I killed her all the time!

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I agree that that we should not project our own feeling on children. I find the same thing with dogs. People want to treat them like person but they are dogs and have to be understood as dogs.In fact maybe we should be careful not to project our feelings on anybody.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Jolly Rogeo,

      Your comment is spot on point. We must give children time to be children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your cogent comment.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      SusanP,

      It sure reminded me at that time I thought I had killed Jerry, and I would go to Moundsville prison like my Mom always said!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

    • Jolly Rogero profile image

      Jolly Rogero 

      8 years ago

      You are so right! We can't put adult expectations onto a child. Children lack the experience and wisdom for dealing with many situations we find commonplace.

    • profile image

      SusanP 

      8 years ago

      This is a good reminder for us when dealing with children. Thanks, Tom.

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