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Updated on July 21, 2010


 In a previous hub I described the situation known as Foot-In-Mouth Disease.  I don’t know but the year 1954 was not a good one for me concerning this affliction. At the beginning of the summer of 1954 I embarrassed myself with my Aunt Gertrude (my mother’s sister) and Uncle John. Toward the end of the summer I did it again.


The second embarrassing occurrences of Foot-In Mouth Disease was in late summer of 1954 when I was seven years old. I had been at camp on Fish Creek with Aunt Gertrude and Uncle John. I hadn’t had much luck fishing with a casting reel. I spent most of my time untangling backlashes in the reel. My Uncle Jimmy (my mother’s brother) and Aunt Eva had come to camp one weekend towards the end of the summer. Aunt Gertrude and Uncle John had gone to town to re-stock on supplies. Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Eva said they were going to take me fishing. I was elated I just loved going to the creek. However the pole I used was in the trunk of Uncle John’s car.

Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Eva said,” That won’t be a problem we have a fishing pole for you.” Well that was just fine with me. Down to the creek we went, and I saw the pole they were talking about. I asked them, “What it that?” They both laughed and said, ”We heard you were having trouble with tangled line. This is a cane pole you won’t have that problem with this.” I looked at the contraption and asked,” How do you cast it there’s no reel?” Uncle Jimmy showed my how to let it swing the line into the water. It was also equipped with a bobber, which I had never used before, but Uncle Jimmy explained how to watch the bobber to tell when you had a bight. It was during this excursion that I finally caught my first fish and I was ecstatic. I told Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Eva,” You are much better fishermen the Aunt Gertrude and Uncle John.” The rest of the day of fishing went well I caught about ten fish in all.

Later on we were all back at camp. Aunt Gertrude and Uncle John had come back from town and the campfire had reduced to hot coals. We were ready to have our wiener roast. Life was great and I didn’t have a care in the world. Then I saw a sly grin come over Uncle Jimmy and he said, “John what have you and Gertie been doing to Tommy? We heard from him how much better fishermen Eva and I are than you and John.” I froze, time stood still, busted again!!

I learned a lot about my mother’s family in the summer of 1954. Tell one tell all. I remembered my mother telling me about the family bond that grew growing up in a family of nine children. I decided it was time to eat crow for dinner. After I apologized to Aunt Gertrude and Uncle John they all laughed at me in my discomfort. I learned the true adult child relationship. Don’t spout off out of over exuberance.

This is the second remembrance I have of Foot-In-Mouth Disease.



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    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      You are so right. I never overcame this affliction.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Tom, what a wonderful story. All kid's have this disease and some adults, too!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      My aunts and uncles put up with a lot from me. Thank you for your visit and your comment.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Cute story. Those childhood memories are precious even if they involve foot in mouth. Good hub.