It Was Suh-Weet!

I told y’all about our recent driving vacation, and a post on FB this morning reminded me of this driving story from when I was a shy innocent little kid. No, really, I was! Just ask my cousin Linda Marlene. She was a tad ornery back then, and liked to pick on us younger kids, like me and her little brother, Ed.

Just sayin...

Just sayin…

One day, I was riding in the back seat of Aunt Doris’ car with Linda. I’m guessing I was about seven, and Linda would have been nine (I think). Aunt Doris was driving, and I was sitting on the opposite side of the car from her in the back seat. Linda was sitting in the middle of the back seat, leaning forward so she could see out the front windshield.

Linda and I were both chewing gum—chewing gum, not bubble gum—and Linda was snapping hers. You know; with chewing gum, you stretch it over your tongue a little bit, then inhale and it makes a little snapping sound.

Aunt Doris was enjoying this gum snapping about as much as my dad enjoyed the ashtray serenade in my story, Eeeyeent! Eeenk!, and after a few minutes she looked at Linda in the rearview mirror, and said, “Linda Marlene! If you snap that gum one more time, I’m gonna smack you!”

Aunt Doris was not one to be trifled with (still isn’t!), so, Linda shot me a wide-eyed glance, then slid back in the seat and ceased the gum snapping immediately. I shrugged and looked out the window.

A few minutes later, when it appeared Aunt Doris had calmed down, I stretched my gum just right, leaned ever so slightly toward Linda and snapped it, then quickly returned to looking out my window.

From the corner of my eye, I saw Linda’s head jerk up, then, like lighting, Aunt Doris landed a no-look backhand across Linda’s forehead. I glanced over to see the look of amazed shock on Linda’s face, then Aunt Doris did a couple of double-takes in my direction, and I stole a half-grinning glance at her. She couldn’t help but laugh.

“Charlie!” she said. “I can’t believe you did that!”

I just smiled at her, then turned and treated cousin Linda to one of the best “gotcha” grins of all time.

It was suh-weet!

For another of my childhood traveling stories, click here —> Eeeyeent Eeyeent



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