Thursday, January 21, 2010

The night before Brock's 6th grade camp

The post I did yesterday about Logan and his family,
reminded me of this.  I could never forget this story.
It still makes me shudder.

First I have to explain something.
This was back in 1989. For some reason my boys loved to eat raw carrots but only if they were very icy cold.  So I was in the habit of putting carrots on our dinner table packed in ice.

On this particular evening I was busy in the bedroom helping Brock pack for camp.  He would be leaving very early the next morning.  We had cleared the dinner dishes off the table but the rest of the carrots were still sitting there.  The ice was gone and now they were floating in water. 

I had gone back in the kitchen to get something and noticed McKay, age 5, and Tyler, 3, had climbed onto the top of the table and were soaking their bare feet in the water, complete with carrots floating all around their toes.  They were so happy, and it kept them entertained.  Back in those days this meant a few moments of peace.

So I went back to the packing.  The door bell rang.  I could tell by the deep voice that it was Grant Bybee....the Dad of one of Brock's best friends Matt, who would also be going to camp the next morning.  Brock's Dad had let him in and I could hear them chatting about their plans for camp.  Lots of talking and planning, while I was still helping Brock down the hall.

After quite some time, 20 minutes or so, I went out to say hi to Grant.  He and my husband were all sitting around the kitchen table.  McKay and Tyler had gone to play elsewhere in the house.  In other words they were no longer soaking their feet in the carrots.  But guess what?  Grant was sitting there eating carrot after carrot!!

I gasped, and just stood there staring.

I wanted to say something.  But the damage was already done.  He had already ate who knows how many dirty carrots.  If I told him, he would just worry about something that was over and done with.  So I didn't say anything. I reasoned it was the kinder thing to do. 

To this day I wonder if I should have spoken up.

A few days later I learned, Grant had to be rushed to the hospital from camp with severe stomach pains.  I was horrified! 

I later learned it was kidney stones.  Well as far as I know, that has nothing to do with eating dirty carrots.

And, I did tell Grant many years later what happened that night.  Years down the road, who would care. 

But still, when I hear about 6th grade camp, anybody's 6th grade camp, I still picture Grant eating those dirty feet soaked carrots.

19 comments:

Rebecca said...

hahaha! This is so funny, it really made me laugh!!!

Dennis said...

Well, look at it this way...at least the boys had clean feet when they went to bed.

-Den

Mary said...

This one really cracked me up!

grandmapeg said...

Now I'm wondering about the first time I came to visit and if we had carrots...since McKay and Tyler were still at home :-) Just kidding. I love Dennis' comment! This experience does make us mothers wonder what else has gone on in the kitchen when we're not looking. Thanks for sharing!

darlene said...

funny!

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

This is great. It reminds me of the time Tom and I had some people over for dinner and a day or two latter the man had to go to the hospital for some heart related issues. (he is doing great) I told the wife that I wondered if it was something we gave him to eat.

the Rich girl said...

Haha! Wow. I absolutely love this story.

I'm sure McKay and Tyler's feet couldn't have been too dirty.

Besides, I'm sure it was good preparation for Grant for the upcoming week. I mean, who knows what goes into camp food??

Jill said...

Actually, I remember the the water be noticeably dirty. :(

Richard said...

I'm surprised Grant did not ask for the recipe...

Kris said...

I'm still shuddering... :)

Dad said...

Do you suppose there was "toe jam" with those carrots? Too funny. Love, Dad

Ammy said...

HA HA HA! You made my day...that is hilarious...I LOVED this story and it seems like something that would happen to me...love it!

Heidi Garvin said...

Who eats carrots that are sitting in noticeably dirty water???

I would also ask who soaks their feet in floating carrots, but I've met McKay and Tyler.

Anonymous said...

And you warned us about LEMONS!!!!

Lisa said...

Now that's what I call a STORY! That is something else. I don't know what to say, except it made me laugh.

Eileen said...

Oh, Jill, I am actually laughing OUT LOUD! I can't stop giggling!

I would have done the same and kept 'mum' about the whole thing!

I'm glad you got up the courage to tell this story!
All the best,
Eileen

Sue said...

heehee, or rather hahahahahHAHA

Mar~ said...

hahaha! This gave me the BEST laugh!

Valerie said...

Ewwwww! :) Too bad you don't have a pic of the boys relaxing in the carrot water.