Marty's Joke of the Day

Marty's Joke of the day is an internet column that I've written for more than 5 years.
I tell humorous stories about my "sweet wife" and raising our 4 young sons, named #1, #2, #3, and #4.
After 5 years of story telling, in August of 2005, doctors found a brain tumor in son #4.
Our focus here has changed little as we still try to find humor in our lives.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Puffed out chests and a red ribbon at the Fair

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Thursday, September 09, 2004

It was a tough night last night. Son #2 was up half the night saying his arm hurt. Then, son #4 had a cough and was up the other half of the night. Unlike feeding time in the middle of the night when they were little, I drug myself out of bed a few times to help the kids last night. I’m bushed.

Anyway, tonight was the opening day of the state fair. It’s not free to get in on the first day anymore, but you still can’t beat the first night price of a buck a head. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time tonight, and 4 of us ended up participating in the Keebler cracker-stacking contest. Sons #1, #2, #3, and I were all in different aged events. Son #3 had a huge stack of crackers, but when they said “time” and he had to let go, they fell over. Son #2, who’s broken arm is still pretty tender, refused to use his left hand for anything. Using just one hand, he didn’t have a chance. I had a perfect stack of 45 crackers in front of me when they said “time” (same amount as winning contestant). But 4 seconds after I backed away from the table, they came crashing down. All of the losers in each heat got a box of crackers. Son #2 however, won 2nd place in his heat. He not only got a box of crackers, but a huge red ribbon, a huge box with cookies, ice-cream cones, fig-newton’s, tons of goodies, and some toys.

After that, he was walking around the fair with a huge smile on his face, an even bigger red ribbon on his chest, and his chest so full of air that he actually looked like a (*shudder*) teenager.

For dinner, we stopped at the Arby’s next to the fair park. 3 really cute teenaged girls came in and said to son #1, “Where did you get that ribbon?” Son #1 smiled and (sucking air back into his chest) said, “From stacking crackers at the fair.” They looked a little puzzled so he tried to explain how he got his prize. I looked at him and said loud enough for them to hear, “Are you flirting with the girls again?” He looked at me and said, “No dad, they’re flirting with me!”

I could have just imagined him turning to the girls and winking at them. Thankfully he’s not that sophisticated yet!

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