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Tale of a Grade School Drop Out – Pt. 2

Published on 10/12/2015
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Tale of a Grade School Drop Out – Pt. 2

   In part 1 of this tale I told about how I dropped out of school after spending two whole weeks in First Grade. Shortly after dropping out I was introduced to my very own “rocket ship” that I would be staying in for quite a while. Actually the doctors became quite sure (but of course didn't tell me) that I would in it for the rest of my life...which would probably be just a few more weeks.

   As it turned out, as sick and as paralyzed as I was, I lived through those weeks and beyond. Gradually I felt better, and one day I was able to move my hands a little. And then my arms a little. They were extremely week and very stiff. My legs were also stiff and about all I could do with them was wiggle my toes a bit.

   But I was alive, and thanks to the “rocket ship” I was breathing. And I could talk. And I could move my head from side to side, so I could sip on a straw, or be fed some food.

   The clear plastic dome of the “rocket ship” was only put on when they had to open the iron lung all the way to do such things as begin stretching exercises (which I did not enjoy at all - it hurt). Most of the time the dome was off and a mirror was attached and angled so I could more easily see people and they could see me.


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   The mirror also made it possible for me to watch TV, which was a good way to pass the time when nobody was in the room to talk with me.

   The TV show I liked to watch the most was the Roy Rogers Show. Like millions of kids all across the country, he was our favorite cowboy. The TV show featured Roy Rogers, his wife, Dale Evans, and their trusty and often comical side-kick, Pat Brady. One of the other main characters of the show as Pat Brady's cantankerous jeep, Nelly Belle, who was often quite uncooperative when Pat wanted to get somewhere in a hurry.


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   One day something extra special took place at the hospital. I heard a group of singers from somewhere down the hall. They were singing western songs, and they sounded like the Sons of the Pioneers group who were sometimes on the Roy Rogers show.

   In just a little while somebody came into the room and stood where where I could see him in the mirror of my iron lung. He said “Hi, how are you doing today?” I could hardly believe my eyes. This was Roy Rogers! All dressed up in his cowboy outfit. He had such a great smile and he talked with me for a few minutes. I couldn't have been happier. Then he said he had to move along and visit the other kids.

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   I could hardly wait to tell my Mom and Dad that I had seen Roy Rogers in person! But then, in just a few more minutes, a lady came in and she was all dressed up in a Cowgirl outfit. It was Dale Evans! If it wasn't for the iron lung doing my breathing for me I would have lost my breath. She had a radiant smile and stayed and talked with me, brightening up my day even more.

   Oh, and one thing that I'll mention here, something I'll never forget, is that Dale was wearing her gun and holster with her outfit. I guess she, being a Mom, would know that kids (especially boys) would appreciate that sort of thing. (Roy hadn't been wearing his gun and holster, but that was OK because it was incredibly great to see him in person even without that addtion to his attire.)

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   The surprises weren't over quite over yet. There was one more visitor. In came Pat Brady, dressed in jeans as he always was, friendly as ever. I asked him about Nelly Bell, and he said she was behaving herself pretty well, and was parked outside.


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   That was quite day for me. I sure appreciate what Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Pat Brady did for us kids that day. They didn't have to come visit us. That was during the last great polio epidemic and most people didn't want to visit or even work in hospitals full of children with polio. But they loved kids, both their own, and the ones they adopted, and also those kids who were going through hard times.

   They were good role models for everybody, especially kids. They were Christians and knew that if Jesus could take time to spend with young children, so could they. We all should think about what examples we are setting for the children in our lives. They are watching us. They are likely to pick up on what we say and do. Let's see if we can be good role models for them.

   I hope you enjoyed Part 2 of Tale of a Grade School Drop Out. I'll try to write another sometime soon.

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