Stories from the Stringam Family Ranches of Southern Alberta

From the 50s and 60s to today . . .



Monday, May 19, 2014

Breakfast Show

Ever helpful and concerned.
Kids can make eating out such an . . . adventure.
It was the early fifties.
Mom and Dad were travelling in Montana with their three small children.
As they drove past the Deer Lodge prison, Dad tried to explain to four-year old Chris and two-year-old Jerry just what it was. He told them that when people were bad, the police would lock them up in the big building for punishment.
The original ‘time-out’.
He wasn’t sure just how much his two oldest children took in.
The next morning, he had his answer.
The family had stopped nearby for breakfast. While they were eating, a deputy sheriff came in for coffee, then proceeded to tell the waiter about his exciting evening. One very intoxicated individual had been disruptive at a local dance and the deputy had had to take the man to the local jail to sober up. There were no charges to be laid, so all that remained was to get the fellow up and send him home.
Throughout this story, Chris and Jerry were busily eating, not really paying attention to the tale.
Finally, the man stood up and said, “Well, I guess I’d better go down and get my boy out of jail!”
Chris looked at her parents wide-eyed and very concerned. “That man’s little boy is down there in the jail!” she said loudly.
See?

12 comments:

  1. It's funny. I have an egg memory to from when I was a kid. Something about eggs, I guess.

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  2. Great story Diane! Memories can be so fun!

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    1. Some day, I plan to visit the present . . .

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  3. It's nice that she was concerned about what she thought was another child! Budding empathy ...

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    1. All she could think about was that poor little boy! Sweetie!

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  4. Chris learned that anything can happen when a boy misbehaves. I wonder if he looked at his father differently.

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  5. I remember how literal my kids were at that young age! Once, when my son had a crush on a young girl in kindergarten, he was afraid his heart would burst (literally) since he would have to add her, in addition to myself, my husband and my daughter to his heart, and he didn't think there would be enough room. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, it was such a sweet thought.

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    1. That is so sweet! Aren't they precious! :)

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  6. Oh this is a cute one; I am smiling.......
    Blessings!

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  7. So cute and so funny all at the same time. I love these anecdotes and I love that you're preserving those memories here.

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