It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

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….and if you grew up with Bob, my grandpa, that immediately brought giggles or looks of tell us more!

I belong to an unbelievable group of creative people and we were asked to write something using this title.  Instead of creepy, I would rather tell you about a story told over many generations and five decades.  

Bob was a retired Navy man, tall and skinny as a rail with red hair always kept in a crew cut.  He and Grandma were totally devoted to each other and when they married, we hit the jackpot!  I don’t remember ever seeing him angry, but I do remember as a child asking ridiculous questions and his furrowed brow thinking of a good answer and it was always a good answer.  One of Bob’s favorite things to do was pass along this story to each new grandchild and that grandchild’s child; well, you understand.  It was a family tradition.  It went something like this….

It was a dark and stormy night and four outlaws were seated around the campfire.  One spoke up and said, tell us a story, Jack, and so Jack began…It was a dark and stormy night and four outlaws were seated around the campfire.  One spoke up and said, tell us a story, Jack, and so Jack began…It was a dark and stormy night and four outlaws were seated around the campfire.  One spoke up and said, tell us a story, Jack, and so Jack began…It was a dark and stormy night and four outlaws were seated around the campfire.  One spoke up and said, tell us a story, Jack, and so Jack began….”  

This would go on and on until the kid<s> hearing it for the first time finally caught on or the rest finally couldn’t hold it anymore and cracked up laughing and Bob’s face would light up and a big smile would cover his face.  Oh, how I miss that face and his jokes and stories.  But we’ll keep passing them on.  I told Jaryd the story last week and he was pretty quick, but I got to repeat the story a few times!  

Happy Halloween!!

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