Score One For The Little Guy

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When I was a kid I’d go for walks with my father at the reservoir near our house. He’d always pick up a long stick and carry it as we strolled along. Halfway around the reservoir he’d veer off the dirt road and poke the stick into a hole. And then he’d start shaking it furiously.

“Leggo, leggo,” Dad would says as he fought to maintain control of the stick.

“What’s got it Dad?” I’d ask, wide-eyed and clueless, “What’s got it?”

“I don’t know, but it sure is angry.”

The battle would continue for a minute or so. Then, the animal would suddenly give up. The stick would stop shaking. And I’d have no idea that Dad was fooling with me.

“That was a tough one, wasn’t it?” Dad would ask.

“Sure was,” I’d say, still staring wide-eyed at the hole.

Eventually, like most kids do, I caught onto the shenanigans at play. Which meant that it became my turn to participate.

One afternoon I was rummaging through a shelf in the basement, looking for tennis ball to play hockey with. I stumbled across a red plastic ball. It was a small thing, about the size of a golf ball, which one of my sisters had snapped off a toy. I’d just come downstairs from outside, where Dad was observing his tomato plants. He’d commented to me that the plants seemed to be taking too long, that he should be seeing some growth. Then he walked away and did his usual post-work stroll around the yard.

The next day after school I got the ball, punched a hole in the top, and scrounged up a twist tie from the kitchen drawer. I strolled out to the garden and attached the ball to a tomato plant, carefully hiding the twist-tie behind a leaf. When Dad got home an hour later I joined him on his stroll.

We approached the tomato plants. Dad’s body stiffened and his eyebrows shot up his forehead. He scurried into the stalks to check out his first tomato. He touched it gently. Then he looked up in confusion and glanced back at me. I stood there flashing the biggest grin ever recorded on a teen’s face.

Score one for the little guy.

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Thomas Sullivan is the author of “So Much Time, So Little Change” (a collection of humor essays). He also writes short posts for the humor website HumorOutcasts.com . Please visit his author website at: www.thomassullivanhumor.com

Thomas Sullivan About Thomas Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan is the author of “So Much Time, So Little Change” (a collection of humor essays). He also writes short posts for the humor website HumorOutcasts.com . Please visit his author website at: www.thomassullivanhumor.com

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