The Literary Yard – Why I Ate So Much

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Why I Ate So Much

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Why I Ate So Much

I never did figure out where the voices were coming from, but they were there, that was for sure, day and night, whispering, “Feed us. Feed us, now.”

So I did. Boy, did I ever.

I was fifteen and Mom just thought I’d hit a growth spurt.

A typical day: a dozen pancakes for breakfast. A mid-morning snack of five candy bars. A hot lunch at school plus the bag lunch I’d brought. Then a stop at the fast food place on the way home for large fries, large shake and a couple of quarter pounders. Just enough to tide me over until I got home.

“What’s for dinner, Mom?”

“Spaghetti. Your favorite.”

“Fabulous,” I told her, although at this stage of the game, anything I could put in my mouth was fabulous. One helping. A second helping. Dad sitting there with his mouth hanging open, watching.

I ask him, “Can I finish that?” and point.

“Sure,” he says, as I clear his plate before the word is barely out of his mouth.

I wasn’t growing or putting on weight, just eating. A lot.

After a few months Mom became concerned. “Let’s take you to the doctor.”

“Aw, Mom. No.”

A steely look. “What’d you say?”

I re-think my position. “Sure, Mom. Good idea.”

Doctor Solsvik was a kind man. We talked. He checked me over. Finally, he felt my abdomen. “Good lord,” he gasped. “Let’s get you to x-ray.”

End result: I had a tapeworm. Two of them, actually. Big ones. How they got there no one knows. But the doctor operated and now I’m back to normal. “Eating like a horse,” Mom says.

“I’m a growing boy,” I joke, because I’m pretty sure those tapeworms are gone. At least that’s what they tell me.

 

 

Published by jim bates

I live in Long Lake, Minnesota. I enjoy walking, gardening, bird watching, reading, writing, bicycle riding and playing with my fantastic grand kids. I have two wonderful boys who I see as often as I can. I'm retired after working many years as a sales and technical development and training instructor. I have also worked in a family owned garden center and most recently was part owner of a small gift shop near to where I live. I collect old marbles, vintage dinky toy race cars, YA books from the 1900's and vintage radios from the 30's and 40's. I am a passionate yo-yo player. I am a fortunate man - life is very good. My stories and poems have appeared in over two-hundred online and print publications including online in CafeLit, The Writers' Cafe Magazine, Cabinet of Heed, Paragraph Planet, Nailpolish Stories, Ariel Chart, Potato Soup Journal, Literary Yard, Spillwords (Dec, 2019, Author of the Month), The Drabble, The Academy of the Heart and Mind, World of Myth Magazine, The Horror Tree, The Terror House, Fox Hollow Stories and Bindweed Press. In print publications: A Million Ways, Mused Literary Journal, Gleam Flash Fiction Anthology #2, the Portal Anthology and the Glamour Anthology by Clarendon House Publishing, The Best of CafeLit 8 by Chapeltown Publishing, the Nativity Anthology by Bridge House Publishing, Forgotten One's Drabble Anthology by Eerie River Publishing, Gold Dust Magazine, Down In the Dirt Magazine and the Oceans Anthology and the 20/20 Anthology by Black Hare Press. I was nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize by The Zodiac Review for my 'flash fiction story, “Aliens.”

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