True Story

Photo credit:  Kent Bonham

In 1968-9, Terry had an old powder-blue VW that I was learning to drive. I had a little trouble with the gear shift-clutch thing.

One evening we were tootling along a back road so I could practice. Only thing was, I didn’t know about the railroad tracks hidden by tall grass, so when he hollered “STOP!” I did–right over the tracks. No help in sight.  He pushed and I tried to steer. Finally a pickup truck and two hefty young men showed up.  The three men lifted the car off the tracks and  onto the road.

Laughing all the way.


(This was an instant flashback in time!  It’s amazing to me that he married me anyway 🙂  But then, he couldn’t understand why I was embarrassed and mad as a hornet when all those macho dudes laughed until they cried. Men. No sensitivity at all.  I don’t usually comment on my stories here, but this one, I felt, needed a bit more explanation than 100 words allowed 🙂 )


38 thoughts on “True Story

      1. Moon

        I can imagine, Linda. 🙂
        It’s a relief that we can look back and laugh on and treasure even the moments we had once struggled to live through .

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  1. Jelli

    Oh, forgive the indignity of my laughter, but that’s just plain funny! This spoken as one who got her bicycle wheel caught between the rails and the pavement years ago. Watched the train make sheet metal out of my titanium racing bike. People laughed at me, too, and couldn’t figure out how I’d done it.

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    1. I’m so glad when I can make people laugh! I didn’t think it was a bit funny at the time, with those three guys standing there doubled over while they hee-hawed. But after all these years, it’s still a pretty good laugh 🙂

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    1. You know, I don’t remember telling my folks about this. My dad would have had a good belly laugh over it. My mom would have just shaken her head. They both thought Terry walked on water, so they wouldn’t have blamed him 🙂


    1. Thank you. No kidding whatsoever. There I was, straddling the (thank God!) rusty old railroad track and unable to move. We weren’t in any danger of a train. It was just embarrassing 🙂


  2. Wow Linda – thank goodness they lifted the car off the track. Our oldest son was in a car (true story) that was hit by a train. Steven felt something was off and said “Stop!” Which the driver did – then the train took off the front end of the car spinning it toward the other side of the crossing. Had he continued, they would have all been killed. Our son, and the others in the car were spared. But for the grace of God, there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think about this!

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  3. gahlearner

    I would have been angry and embarrassed back then too. But now I laugh, because it is a hilarious story. I think we’ve all had our moments as young drivers.

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