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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Jolted to Attention

Shop class was for learning.
Woodcrafting, metal work, welding, automotive.
These were the things that should occupy the young men’s minds.
Was food mentioned in there anywhere?
No. Because as in the library, in the Fort Macleod high school shop class, food was forbidden.
Did that stop them from trying to sneak food in?
Pfff. These were young men.
The mere fact that they weren’t supposed to, simply made it a challenge.
Some of them were good at it.
Some weren’t.
Monty was in the latter group . . .
The boys had just come in from their ten-minute break between classes.
Monty had bought himself a fudgecicle during said break.
And he wasn’t finished with it yet.
Deftly, sneakily, he ducked down behind one of the workbenches to continue enjoying.
The teacher came in and looked around. “Where’s Monty?” he mouthed silently to the assembled lads.
No one answered, but enough eyes turned toward the boy’s hiding spot that the teacher spotted him easily. He leaned down.
The bench Monty was hiding behind stood up on legs that held it several inches off the floor.
Teacher smiled a slow smile.
Now, I should mention here that this teacher moonlighted in the evenings and on weekends as a rancher.
He drove a pickup truck.
Equipped with the modern conveniences of ranching.
And that truck was parked directly outside the shop-room door.
Silently, he went out, quickly returning with what we ranchers affectionately call a ‘stock prod’.
It is a long, metal stick, filled with batteries, and equipped with two metal prongs on one end. The whole contraption is specifically designed to give a jolt to notoriously thick-skinned cows when working with them in tight spaces.
The boys watched, a little uncertainly, as their teacher carried it in.
A stock prod gives a harmless zap to heavy-hided cattle.
Thin-skinned humans don’t fare as well.
But Teacher didn’t, as they feared, simply jab their chum in the rear.
Nope.
He slid the prod under the bench next to his student and waved it slowly back and forth.
Monty looked down.
Huh. What was that? The rod moved away. Then closer.
And Monty, ever vigilant, grabbed it.
With a yelp, he sprang to his feet, fudgecicle forgotten.
“Monty,” teacher said.
The boy looked at him.
“No eating during shop class.”
Lesson learned.

16 comments:

  1. He would never get away with it these days...what a shame.

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    1. Heehee! I kept thinking that as I was writing this. Oh, the lawsuits that would have followed something like this today!

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  2. Monty needed to learn a few tricks from Mervin :)

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    1. You're right! Mervin could hide anything! Monty . . . sadly . . .

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  3. And Monty never snuck a fudgecicle into shop again.

    :-)

    Pearl

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    1. Perhaps a harsh lesson. But one well and truly learned . . .

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  4. Kind of makes you wonder if he grew up to be a criminal with the "violent" punishment. Great story!!

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  5. Wow, that was a scary lesson learned. I seriously love reading these short stories. Do a book of short stories too.
    Blessings!

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    1. I've been considering that! I'll let you know!

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  6. That Monty! He's one of the less lucky ones, needs a little prodding to get it right.

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  7. I'd say Monty was missing some brain cells. A fudgecicle?

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    1. Yes, he wouldn't have been considered the brightest bulb in the chandelier!

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  8. Ouch! That's a tough lesson to learn!

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    1. But effective! Don't forget effective! :)

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