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THE ROCKET FUEL DANCE

 

 

 

 

DOROTHY WAS RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES SHOUTING "OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD."  JOHNNIE YELLED, " DOROTHY SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN BEFORE YOU TURN US OVER."  JOHNNIE WAS HOLDING ON TO BOTH SIDES OF THE LITTLE BOAT FOR DEAR LIFE AS IT VIOLENTLY ROCKED BACK AND FORTH.

 

JOHNNIE AND I HAD GONE TO CADDO LAKE FOR A WEEK OF FISHING.  AT LEAST I HAD GONE FOR THE FISHING, JOHNNIE JUST WENT ALONG TO BE WITH ME.  WE WERE STAYING IN NUMBER 1 CABIN AT MRS. TUCKERS CAMP.  THIS IS WHERE WE ALWAYS STAYED WHEN WE WERE THERE.  IT HAD A BIG SCREENED IN PORCH AND WE LOVED TO SIT OUT THERE AND WATCH THE WORLD GO BY.

 

NOW JOHNNIE HAS A COUSIN NAMED DOROTHY THAT SHOWS UP AT TIMES WHEN WE ARE DOWN THERE.  I NEVER DID FIGURE OUT HOW SHE KNEW WE WOULD BE AT THE LAKE ON ANY GIVEN DAY.  WE NEVER TOLD HER WE WOULD BE THERE.  BUT EVERY SO OFTEN THERE SHE WAS.  IT'S NOT THAT SHE WAS UNWELCOME, WE JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHEN TO LOOK FOR HER.

 

WELL ON THIS PARTICULAR DAY I HAD GONE BASS FISHING AND JOHNNIE WAS SITTING ON THE PORCH READING A BOOK.  ALONG COMES DOROTHY.  SHE AND JOHNNIE DECIDE THEY WILL PADDLE ONE OF THE LITTLE JON BOATS OUT IN FRONT OF THE CAMP AND BREAM FISH. 

 

NOW THEY WEREN'T SERIOUS ABOUT FISHING THEY JUST WANTED TO GO OUT ON THE LAKE AND SIT IN THE SHADE OF ONE OF THE CYPRESS TREES AND VISIT.  THEY GOT IN ONE OF THE LITTLE 12-FOOT JON BOATS AND PADDLED OUT TO THE NEAREST CYPRESS TREE AND STARTED FISHING.  AS THEY SAT THERE TALKING THEY FORGOT ALL ABOUT THE FISH.  THEY HAD A LOT OF FAMILY GOSSIP TO CATCH UP ON.

 

DID I TELL YOU THAT THIS WAS ON A THURSDAY MORNING?  BECAUSE ON THURSDAY MORNING THE PLANT OVER AT KARNACK TESTED THEIR ROCKET FUEL THEY MADE.  WHEN THEY TESTED THE ROCKET FUEL IT MADE A ROARING SOUND LIKE THE WORLD WAS COMING TO AN END.  I MEAN IT WAS SO LOUD THAT IT RATTLED THE WINDOWS IN THE CABIN.  IT WENT ON LIKE THAT FOR ABOUT 90 SECONDS.

 

WELL DOROTHY HAD NEVER BEEN THERE ON THURSDAY BEFORE SO SHE HAD NOT HEARD THAT SOUND.  ARE YOU GETTING THIS PICTURE?  HERE IS DOROTHY THAT WEIGHS A GOOD 200 POUNDS AND JOHNNIE SITTING IN THIS LITTLE 12 FOOT JON BOAT.  EVERYTHING IS QUIET AND PEACEFUL AND THEY ARE HAVING A GOOD VISIT.  WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN.

 

ROOOOAR GOES THE ROCKET FUEL TEST.  THE SOUND IS DEAFENING.  BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT,  TURTLES FALL OF THEIR LOG AND DOROTHY GOES BALLISTIC.  SHE JUMPS UP AND STARTS RUNNING IN PLACE TURNING AROUND IN CIRCLES SHOUTING "OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD."  THE LITTLE BOAT IS ROCKING LIKE IT WAS IN AN EARTHQUAKE.  JOHNNIE IS HOLDING ON WITH BOTH HANDS TRYING TO KEEP FROM GETTING THROWN OUT OF THE BOAT.

 

JOHNNIE'S YELLING, "DOROTHY SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN BEFORE YOU TURN US OVER."  WELL I GUESS JOHNNIE'S YELLING FINALLY GOT THROUGH TO DOROTHY BECAUSE SHE SHUT UP AND STOPPED RUNNING BUT SHE WOULDN'T SIT DOWN.  WILD EYED WITH PANIC SHE BREATHLESS ASKED, "WHAT WAS THAT?"  JOHNNIE TOLD HER IT WAS JUST THE PLANT OVER AT KARNACK TESTING THE ROCKET FUEL THEY MADE.  "THEY DO THAT EVERY THURSDAY MORNING."  "OH" DOROTHY SAID.  SHE FINALLY SAT DOWN AND JOHNNIE PADDLED THE LITTLE BOAT BACK TO SHORE.

 

NOW NORMALLY DOROTHY STAYS FOR DINNER AND WE HAVE A BIG FISH FRY FOR HER BUT THIS TIME SHE TOLD JOHNNIE SHE HAD TO GO JUST AS SOON AS THEY GOT BACK TO SHORE.  JOHNNIE NOTICED THAT THE SEAT OF DOROTHY'S SLACKS WAS WET.  NOW HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?  SHE DIDN'T REMEMBER ANY WATER SPLASHING INTO THE BOAT.

 

JOHNNIE AND I HAD TO EAT THOSE FISH BY OURSELVES THAT DAY.  THEN THERE WAS THE TIME WHEN DOROTHY SHOWED UP ANDů BUT NO, THAT'S A WHOLE NOTHER STORY FOR A DIFFERENT TIME.

 

 

  BY LOREN MOORE

COPYRIGHT 2002

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LOREN

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