Camping Vignette

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“Terry!”  Linda whispered, but he didn’t even twitch. Louder: “TERRY!”

“Mmmphbrbl?”

“Shh! Whisper!  There’s something out there!”

“Oh good grief! There are dozens of other campers out there. Go to sleep.”

“Can’t. Need the bathroom.”

“Take the flashlight.”

“NO! You have to come. I’m scared!”

“I’m NOT going into the women’s bathroom!”

“Just stand outside and wait.”

“You’re not going to let me sleep, are you?”

Tearfully: “I have to GO and I’m SCARED.”

“All right, all right. Just–you’re choking me, for Pete’s sake. Let go so I can get up. City girls. Good grief.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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74 thoughts on “Camping Vignette

  1. Dear Linda,

    Turnabout’s fair play. You made me laugh out loud. 😀 Such true to life dialogue that I’m sure has been repeated time and time again. Good job! As Kent would say, “Five out of five flashlights.”

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. Jelli

    Cackling laughter! Loving it! “city” people, indeed. Love to watch them encounter skunks for the first time. They just don’t have any sense and ALWAYS scare the poor critter. Then, to make it worse, they scream. It’s hilarious to watch! Sick humor, I know, but still hilarious.

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    1. Poor skunks 🙂 Terry grew up in the wilds of northern Michigan, and was more comfortable all by himself in the woods than he is in the city. We’ve compromised over the years, but I never really did learn to love camping.

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    2. Agree with you about the skunks, Jelli. I opened my window and talked to one when he was digging around in my flowerbed where he shouldn’t. Most creatures, if you respect them, they respect you. Even bees. People flail away when they needn’t and get them worked up. (Now wasps are another matter. 😦 )

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      1. Jelli

        All ya’ gotta do to get rid of a bee is blow on it. They hate the smell of human breath. Wasps are the Klingons of the Insect empire for sure.

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      2. Jelli

        Skeeters could survive a nuke better than a roach. Nothing keeps them away. I swell up with skeeter bites something fierce. I’ve found that rubbing my skin with a ‘Bounce’ brand dryer sheet helps deter the little buggers better than commercial repellants.

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    1. I’ve never understood why anyone thinks going camping is a vacation. You have to do all the same stuff you do at home, only at home it’s a lot easier 🙂

      The recipe looks really good. I’m going to print it and give it a try.

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      1. Anie Abraxas

        hahaha, this is right…much more easier, but I find this is just the exciting thimg, that everything is not so simple …. how long it alone takes to cook water on a minniflamme …. after cookong,the spaghetti taste also without sauce …; )

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  3. Moon

    Hhahhahha. Loved it , Linda.
    Still laughing. And what a loving husband, but then what choice did he have . Hahahah
    The dialog is brilliant . Thanks for adding so much laughter to my evening. Wonderfully wonderful story.

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  4. Enjoyed your story. I love nature…to sit and observe…I just don’t want to sleep out in it. As I said above, I’m not afraid of garter snakes, bees, or small animals. But creepy crawlies, no thanks.

    Naturalist DH Lawrence told a really interesting tale about finding a skunk in his tent one night while he was camped in the woods of northern Ontario. Someday I’ll have to share that with you. 😉

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      1. I believe he would. 🙂 Say, have you thought about turning on the LIKE button for your comments?
        In case you don’t know the route, you go through WP Admin > Settings> Sharing. Down at the very bottom of that page is a box to check if you want Comment likes enabled. Then hit SAVE.

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      2. My route was a little different, but I finally found what I needed. Thanks so much. Have often wished there was a “like” for comments other than on the notifications, but never thought about searching for it 🙂

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  5. This doesn’t sound like fiction to me, Linda. In fact, I’ve lived this very scenario on many occasions. 🙂 One, in particular, comes to mind at the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado after watching a presentation on bears.

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  6. I loved this and related to it so well. I went camping on the Nullarbor inbetween Adelaide and Perth and it was freezing nad I HAD to go. Boyfriend didn’t accompany me but I still feel that freezing cold air whenever I think about it.
    I hadn’t packed very well either. The only jumper I had was pale pink, cotton and had decorative holes in places. not the thing to wear in a freezing desert…or the right colour.
    His comment to me was that “you can take the girl out of the North Shore but you can’t take the North Shore out of the girl.” The North Shore is a part of Sydney.
    xx Rowena

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  7. I spent five years of school in a hostel. The girl who occupied the bed next to me insisted on making me wait outside the loo which is at the foot of the bed in a dormitory which was occupied by at least 30 girls 😀

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    1. Anie Abraxas

      Why do you think it is more scary for a girl? A boy can be the same! Anyway, I do not really understand, the whole problem. If somebody is scared and asked me to come with him, I go! And I´m happy that he/ she feel good with me. Of course it can be exhausting, but I think about all these sleepless nights, when kids were born, or when I had to get up to feed a young bird….it´s a good feeling which stays in memory!

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      1. Anie Abraxas

        o.k. I´ll see, you are right. It´s about statistics. But the feeling itself? Somebody can be scared anyway, I think. If I´m scared f.e. about snakes. It does not matter if this snake is dangerous or not and it does not matter if one person has been bitten or 1 Million…it´s just fear, a feeling/personal thing, or?

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