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

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Well, we've been lucky, and we've lasted a lot of years without
one, but today we got our first.

Son #2 was at school, on the new playground (the one I was telling
you about a few weeks ago) and wanted to play Superman. Standing
on a 2-foot high step, he opted not to jump for the first monkey
bar handle, and then decided against the 2nd monkey bar handle. He
thought that he could make the 3rd monkey bar handle that was 3
feet away. With a giant leap, he lunged for the handle, and

Down he came with a thud. He broke his left arm, just above the
wrist. So, after all of these years, we have our first broken
bone. (We've had plenty of stitches, no broken bones before

The school nurse sat him down, gave him an ice pack, and said it
wasn't bad enough to call home for his mom. Once he convinced her
that it really was painful and got to use the phone, my sweet wife
immediately knew something was wrong. First she took him to the
Dr., then to the radiologist, and finally to an orthopedic
specialist. (He broke two bones, just above his wrist. One break
was on the growth plate, and the other was somehow `twisted'.) The
Ortho doc said it wasn't that bad, and put a hard cast on him and
wants to x-ray him again in a week.

Reactions to the day's events were quite different. After almost 4
hours of hauling her broken baby son #2 around, and with a whiney
nap-deprived son #4 demanding her attention every second, my sweet
wife had had about enough. When I got home and shut the bedroom
door behind us, my poor sweet broke down into tears.

I, on the other hand, had a different reaction. I thought, "hmm...
let's see, we haven't paid the deductible on this one yet, maybe
we could sell some pictures of son #3 with one and a half eyebrows
on eBay!" Maybe not...

Son #2, however, loved all of the attention. His brothers were
treating him like a warrior back from battle. They all wanted to
be the first to sign his cast, kept asking him if `it hurt', made
up `what if' stories, and talked about how puny his arm would be
in 6 weeks. (Only, I don't think he realized how hard it will be
to play video games! HA!)

Anyway, it's late, so...
Enjoy today's Jokes!

Reader Comment Section

Hey Marty!
Thank you so much for the "Triangle of Life" link! It makes so
much sense. I'm forwarding this to everybody I know here in
James G.

[Thanks James, Like I said, I have no idea if this really works,
so do a little research before you use it `eh? (grin)]

re; shaving/razor.......looks like it's time to put the blades
under lock & key until #4 gets past that stage.....he hasn't
developed real good cognitive thinking skills real well, so take a
pic of him, put it up on the fridge & then remind him that his
actions have consequences....ie, if you do A, B will happen.
besides, isn't an older brother supposed to do that stuff TO
~Linda W.

[I asked him about putting a picture of him on the refrigerator to
remind him about consequences. He didn't like the idea at all.
But, I think the other 3 boys have teased him enough that I think
he gets the idea.]


  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger martysjotd said…

    Hmm... another interesting way for folks to read about my column. Let's see if this flys


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