A Donkey To Ride

May 31, 2021 at 10:32 pm (Short Story)

Walt, do you know where I can get a donkey?

Supper was over and that was the question George asked his neighbour from two doors down, “Walt, do you know where I can get a donkey?”.

It was a different and somewhat humourous end to supper.

George’s wife was to have an operation in the hospital the next day.

It was a minor operation but still it was an operation and sometimes one can never be sure how operations will turn out.

George had two children- a girl and a boy.

Walt’s wife Mary thought it might be a good idea to invite the three over for supper the night before the operation.

Walt agreed.

Walt and Mary had three daughters of their own- Margaret, Barbara and Judy.

The three were friends with George’s two children.

George accepted the invitation to dinner.

And brought over his two children.

It was a delicious supper.

Roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, gravy.

All present at the supper enjoyed the meal immensely.

The supper was over and dessert was about to be served.

Suddenly George cleared his throat in a rather ominous fashion.

All eyes turned to George.

“Walt,…” George paused and it sounded like he was going to say something of the upmost significance and importance.

He paused.

And all those present held their breath.

If George’s wife had been there, she’d have labelled the pause “the undramatic pause”.

For George’s wife had had some training in the dramatic arts and often mentioned how on stage actors and actresses would often pause in the middle of a sentence or a monologue to give what they were about to say next even more dramatic impart.

Not so with her husband George.

He would often pause (and a fairly long pause at that) before getting on with the rest of his sentence.

George’s wife labelled such pauses “the undramatic pause”.

For the next part of the sentence usually conveyed no dramatic impart whatsoever.

Although sometimes what he said next often had a comedic effect when juxtaposed with the previous statement before his pause.

Or the previous statement before the pause was comedic in itself.

As on one occasion, George and his wife were talking with a family friend about Canadian plains buffalo and George remarked, “Well A.Y. Jackson (a well-known Canadian painter) painted one from the rear end…. (incredibly long pause) … of a train.”

It sounded first before the pause that A.Y. Jackson had painted a buffalo’s rear end.

After the pause, it had become apparent that A.Y. Jackson had sat at the back car of a stopped train and painted a picture of a buffalo while the train sat there.

Getting back to this “undramatic pause”:

“Walt (in ominous tones)…. (incredibly long pause)… do you know where I can get a donkey?”.

The statement sent Walt and all those present at the dinner table into huge gales of laughter.

When Walt had finished laughing (which was some 5 minutes later), he asked, “What do you need a donkey for, George?”.

George replied, “Well a fellow teacher on staff owns an acreage and she thought it might be nice to have a donkey on the acreage.”

Had his son been an adult when his father had asked this question, “Do you know where I can get a donkey?”, he might have replied with his usual acerbic wit, “You can probably find one in the Prime Minister’s office.”

The question “Walt… do you know where I can get a donkey?” became a topic of conversation for years to come afterwards.

And George’s wife would often mention how on the night before her operation, her husband was at a next door neighbour’s house asking where he could get a donkey.

One of the places where George could find a donkey… or maybe two… or three.

-A short story written by Christopher
Monday May 31st 2021.

13 Comments

  1. voodooville said,

    “You can probably find one in the Prime Minister’s office.” But … don’t those in the Prime Minister’s Office bite the hand that feeds them? Or kick you in the stomach.

    If you need some extra nitrogen on your acreage, here’s a harmless one – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/second-time-canadian-mp-accidently-caught-naked-during-parliament-call .

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, those in the Prime Minister’s Office definitely bite the hand that feeds them and kick you in the stomach. And sometimes lower down than that.

      And it looks lke yet another Canadian MP is busy trying to show that he has nothing to hide.

  2. Chinese blog said,

    Do you know Japanese of Chinese?

  3. omardarwish20 said,

    The donkey,s a good animal and I like it

  4. Best stories said,

    Cool blog

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