Fast Post #2 – another childhood story
Ah my brother – he’s got a lot of “Funny uh-oh” in his history. And it’s my job to exploit that.
If you had a chance to read “When Sheep Don’t Bring You Joy”, you’ll know my brother and sharp prickly desert plants don’t get along. This incident made him WISH he was just bleeding out of his pants in Benson, AZ.
Ding Dong – our doorbell rang at 1 in the morning. That can’t be good – 1 AM doorbells are never good. Of course my mom was hesitant to open the door –who wouldn’t be? I can only assume she thought it was my father coming home early from work (he worked 5PM-2AM) or Willard Scott from Publishers Clearing House to award her $50,000.
I was still partially asleep until I heard a SCREAM and a SLAM. I bolted out of bed and ran to foyer to see my mother white as a sheet and I heard hysterical crying from behind the door. She opened it again, gingerly, and low & behold, my brother was standing there covered from head to toe in Jumping Cholla “Teddy Bear” cactus.
He had snuck out to see his girlfriend earlier in the evening after everyone went to bed and on the way home, tried to go through someone’s yard that had a WALL of Jumping Cholla. He walked straight into it and got the shock of his life. I remember my mom had to call a family friend over (a guy) to help my brother and take him to the hospital. He had cactus bits and spines everywhere – I mean EVERYWHERE. Yup – even there (hence calling over a guy). The ones in his face hurt me the most to think about…after I’m done giggling of course.
All I have to say is…Karmic kickback is a bitch.
Obviously, after that incident, a little grounding action happened. But knowing my brother, I’m sure the only lesson he learned was ‘bring a flashlight next time’.
And for your listening pleasure, the song that inspired the title of this little tale – Nick Cave “Up Jumped the Devil”