Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday Tale from Mom's Past by Madi

Today I, Madi(son) D Cat will tell this Tale on Mom...
because I love to poke fun at her and she is slightly
a shamed!   

Some of you might remember this from June 22, 2015 when we submitted it for Boffin Bertie's...Darwin-Lite Award Competition
Breaking news 4/4/17:  Bertie's Gail was in St. Petersburg Metro at the time of 
the explosion on 4/3/17 . She and Yvonne were evacuated and very shaken up but not injured.  They are probably back in Scotland by the time you read this.

Let me give you a little background.  This TRUE story happened in the summer of 
1974, B.M. (before Madi). Characters involved were my very smart human Sissy who was 3, her friend Christy and my mom (who as it turns out was not very smart).  There are no pictures  but thank goodness for the internet we grabbed a few for dramatic affect.
It was a hot summer day, Christy came over to play with sissy for the day.  When Christy arrived, she was wearing sandals similar to these.

However, they were just a tad too big.  The girls wanted to go out to play but Christy  needed shoes.  There were no more holes in the straps to make them tighter so mom decided to put an extra hole in each strap.  Being inventive, Mom decided one of her small crochet hooks like this would be purrfect (not).  The hook end of the  hook is on the left of the picture as you can see it is very small

Sooooooo mom takes the sandal strap in her left hand and the hook in her right...starts slowing pushing through the strap....it goes through the strap AND INTO MOM'S LEFT THUMB.
Thankful she didn't panic or faint!!

MOM REALIZED SHE WAS IN deep do do.  The itty bitty hook on the end was just BIG enough to keep Mom from being able to get it out.  Mom could not let go of the sandal because it would dangle and cause a ton of pain.  MOM needed help...she could not
remember the phone number of the closest neighbor who was home.  So she told Sissy they needed to call Dad who was at work to tell him what had happened.
Thank goodness my Sissy knew numbers and loved talking on the phone. Mom told sis to push a chair up to the phone.  Mom told Sis Dad's phone number one digit at a time.  Sis dialed it perfectly. (Dad worked about 35 minutes from home).  When Dad answered, Sis said hey Daddy,
Mommy has a hook in her hand.  Then sis hung up the phone.  After all, mom just said to tell Dad what happened.  
Thank goodness Dad was SMART he called the nearest neighbor to ask her to go to our house lickety split.  When she arrived, with her 2 children, she called Dad back.  Lo and Behold they decided that she would drive Mom, Sis, Christy and her two children to the ER and he would meet her there. The ER staff were very curious as to how this happened and are probably still talking about the dumb 
lady who thought she could repair a shoe.
Yep the crochet hook had to be cut out of mom's thumb...and she had to get a tetanus shot...which was also painful for days.
 Mom said the shot to deaden the thumb hurt worse than the hook when she pushed it in her thumb.  After it was out, the smarty pants ER doctor try to give it back to Mom....she gave him her best Mom glare while telling him to

So peeps and critters the moral to this story is leave shoe repairs to the professionals!!


  1. My Mama says that's it...no thin crochet needles for her..EVER!! We are s very happy Bertie's Gail is safe and sound!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  2. Now I know why Gail prefers knitting to crochet...
    Toodle pip!
    PS from Gail - pleased to report that I am now safely back in Scotland, after a trip that was mostly absolutely wonderful. Thank you for your concern.

  3. Hari om
    Eeewwwwwuuuu...yes I recall that tale and it still made me cringe! Hugs and whiskeries YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Yuck! Sometimes the best ideas don't turn out so well.

    SHE was talked into quilting by friends and ended up with a needle in HER foot that had to be surgically removed.

  5. EEEEK!!!! That must have really hurt!!!

    your guy Raz and The Florida Furkids

  6. Ouchies! We're sorry that happened to your mom, really.

  7. Oh gosh, that sounds just awful. Yikes. Bet that hurt like crazy. Glad you got to the ER. You all have a great day.

  8. Oh Madi, I is now VERY pleased my Mum can't crochet and can only knit!
    You nose peeps don't have claws because they should never be let loose with sharp pointy thingys!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  9. OUCH! Thank goodness for Sissy's quick actions.

  10. Oh no, how horrible. Mom, that sounds like something I would have done to my very accident prone self. Except, I would have been home alone.

  11. Owiee... that made me weak in the knees reading it and I am on the couch. Didn't you just have a finger injury in the not too distant past? Sissy did a most excellent job for a three year old!

  12. OWWWWIE! Gosh I bet that did hurt and it had to be pretty danged scary too! I think everyone did just fine handling this hookmergency (!) but I'm also sure that your Mom doesn't do a whole lot of crocheting these days. Which might be a GOOD THING!

    Hugs, Angel Sam and Teddy

  13. Oowwwwwww mommas are always filled with excitement
    Lily & Edward

  14. Although a serious thing happened, the part about hanging up the phone was hilarious! That's a story that must be told and retold around family gatherings.

  15. I think we've all tried to add a hole to a shoe strap at one time or another. Maybe I should be glad I never had a crochet hook ... (I don't have the patience for knitting or crochet ... I really wish I did!) ... because this totally sounds like something I would do. I'm lucky if I can cook or use a knife without burning or cutting myself. It's ridiculous.

  16. Once, when Dad was just starting out as a pharmacist in a big hospital, he jammed a big needle clear through one of his fingers while mixing some IV drugs. Yowch! He put a band aid on it and some gloves, and kept on working. He's an expert on mixing IV drugs now. "Needle-less" to say, it never happened again!

  17. ow ow ow.. my thumb hurts reading this... good thing sissy could dial the phone.. my mother broke a needle off in her hand while dusting a table, someone laid it there and left it. had to go to er ad get it cut out.

  18. Mom's human son put a sewing machine needle through his finger once and the daughter put a fishing hook through hers! Not fun
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  19. Oh my ouch, my goodness, ouch!

  20. Mom is cringing at the thought of how painful that must have been. So good that Sissy was able to call Dad - kudos to Mom for teaching her to know her numbers. That was a great story, Madi. We are glad to hear that Bertie's Mom is safe. That is why our Mom worries so much about our human brother who has to do a lot of international travel now.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  21. madi.....yur foto two day iz awesum !!! even tho we haz de heebeez just reedin thiz post.......cranbereez.....N we R glad for bertie hiz mom iz all rite, that had ta haz been veree veree scaree :( ♥♥

  22. Yikes! Has your Mom ever crocheted since then?

  23. TRUST us, Madi... WE very much remember every second of this story. We LAUGHED... our MOM tried to SHAME us fur that... butt Darn it... WE just couldn't HELP OURSELVES... it was a WILD Story and we HAD to HOWL.

  24. No good deed goes unpunished BOL! NOW we know what that really means!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  25. Ouch! The mom cringed when she read this story, Madi.

  26. We remember that story from the first time you told it and it still makes our mom cringe. We do have to laugh at Gail trying to imply that knitting NEEDLES are safer than crochet hooks. BOL!

  27. Okays, are you and Ma related??!!! This is SO something that Ma would do! You knows that when she worked at the Drug Store, she had to use box cutters everyday, and, well, let's just say that she had her own chair in the suture room at the ER!! This is why I run under the table whenever she has anythings sharp in her paws! I thinks it's smart you do the same gurl!!! sigh...
    Ruby ♥

  28. Our Mom has repaired shoes like that, but she always pushed an awl through the leather into a cutting mat!


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