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Aiding and Abetting

It’s great living in a country town that still can offer peace, when I come home from a stressful day to finally release all the tension from a hectic job, that near leaves me in a heap, and knowing later through the night, I get a restful sleep. Living in a side street off the main means little traffic flow, with a neighbourhood quite pleasant and neighbours I all know. Kids kick the footy on the road, or swing a cricket bat, and dogs wander up and wag their tail to get a gentle pat. Now our dog Tommy, he’s a ripper; the best we’ve ever had. When someone knocks upon the door he barks like bloody mad, but once our guest has entered, Tommy only wags his tail, and every night outside, Tom sleeps in his kennel without fail. But on the past three nights, there’s been a problem in our yard, with frantic barking and its Tommy, who’s been really on his guard. At three o’clock in dressing gown with torch and waddy I’m prepared, to search for what’s upsetting Tommy, nervous, tense and scared. But I found nothing that is out of place; not a possum or a cat, and with Tommy trotting here beside me, all he wanted was a pat, there’s not a hint of any burglar or of strangers in the night, so I’m back in bed and puzzled, with thoughts on Tommy’s plight. What could it be upsetting Tom, at this time in the morn? A hundred things went through me mind, but all of them withdrawn, so if tonight Tom gets upset I’ll have to try a different ploy, for at this stage I’m at a loss, and I’m not getting any joy. Once again at four o’clock, it’s Tommy barking quite intense. I slowly pull aside a curtain; he’s barking at our neighbour’s fence! Someone is snooping ‘round Jim Bakers yard - I best take a look. So in the shadows I go creeping to flush out this night-time crook. Beneath the pale light of the full moon, I gazed from o’er me fence, and saw a sight of disbelief that did not relate to commonsense. Jim Baker’s picking up and chucking stones, over on my lawn, and without thinking ‘bout his reason I piled on Jim a heap of scorn. ‘What in the hell are you up too?’ I bellowed through the night. Jim flew up like a launching rocket when he got a sudden fright, and Jim’s voice is very shaky when explaining out his plot, for stirring up our little Tommy, by throwing stones onto my lot. To Jim’s whisper I was listening as he muttered out his case, ‘I’m sorry but my ma-in-law is overstaying at our place. She’s upset with Tommy barking and the sleep she goes without, and if Tommy barks again tonight - she’s threatened she’ll move out.’

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Date: 11/23/2021 5:13:00 PM
The ending is worth the read! I just became a mother-in-law and hope to never overstay my welcome. Definitely do not want someone to have to resort to a scheme to make me leave! (LOL!) This is a great story with a terrific ending.
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Date: 11/12/2021 11:23:00 PM
Hi Lindsay, another wonderful write - i don't know why mother-in-laws overstay their welcome - your neighbor sure found a great way to annoy his mother-in-law, without it looking as if he was the cause - hope it worked out for him. I enjoyed reading this interesting , fun poem my friend. hugs and blessings, Jennifer
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 11/14/2021 5:09:00 PM
Hello Jennifer ... and this is all it is, a fun poem. There's many a man who deserve to be chastised by their Mother-In-Law. This was a novel way to remove her though - thanks once again Jennifer - Lindsay
Date: 11/8/2021 11:52:00 AM
Ha Ha! I was trying to guess The end but didn’t guess that. Er… just out of interest, like… did it work… only asking… for a friend… you know? Cheers, Lindsay, Terry
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 11/14/2021 5:06:00 PM
Hello Terry ... no no! It wasn't me. Completely innocent, but still pass it on to that friend; you know, that bloke in the mirror - thanks Terry - Lindsay
Date: 11/8/2021 9:01:00 AM
Oh you had me tell the end and then had me chuckling. A great story and very entertaining Lindsay. Well done. love phyl
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Date: 11/14/2021 4:54:00 PM
Hello Phyllis ... it does add a different context to Mother - in law jokes. It feels like winter still, and we're only two weeks from summer. What's happened to global warming - thanks Phyllis - Lindsay
Date: 11/6/2021 7:52:00 PM
Ah, mothers-in-law, the bane of a man's existence. Great story, Lindsay. May this one take a long walk off of a short plank. ~ Captain Hook
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 11/14/2021 5:03:00 PM
Hello Gershon ... perhaps Mothers-In-Laws see something in many of us men that we don't see ourselves. An elaborate plan to throw the blame on the dog - thanks Gershon - Lindsay
Date: 11/6/2021 6:17:00 PM
Lindsay, you are a master story teller. This is so entertaining and skillfully-written--with a great ending! Janice
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Date: 11/14/2021 4:48:00 PM
Hello Janice ... you are also a great story teller Janice. So much can be written about the truth when you have poetic licence - Lindsay
Date: 11/6/2021 4:40:00 PM
Wow, what a tale you told there Lindsay, loved the ending, was quite unexpected but I understand the reason for Jim’s objective… Belle
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Date: 11/14/2021 4:45:00 PM
Hello Belle ... a cunning plan leaving the dog to take all the blame. The plan better not come to light though - thank you Belle - Lindsay
Date: 11/6/2021 1:23:00 PM
Too funny Lindsay. Anything to get rid of his ma-in-law. Can't say I blame him. Good stuff. You left me with a chuckle as per usual. God Bless, JB
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 11/14/2021 4:42:00 PM
Hello Judy ... never let a chance go by is a good example in this poem. I'm pleased you got a chuckle with this one Judy - Lindsay
Date: 11/3/2021 2:53:00 PM
Whoa, this was a fun one! He's determined to get rid of his Mother-in-law. Enjoyed.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 11/14/2021 4:39:00 PM
Hello M.L. ... some people will go to extreme methods to alleviate a problem M.L. - Lindsay
Date: 11/3/2021 11:54:00 AM
Enjoyed another great punchline! Aloha!
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 11/14/2021 4:37:00 PM
Hello Rico ... it probably has some merit in it for some - thanks again Rico - Lindsay
Date: 11/3/2021 11:26:00 AM
Lol, I'll remember that excuse. Great punchline Lindsay. Tom
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 11/14/2021 4:35:00 PM
Hello Tom ... just don't mention it came from me. It probably worked well - thanks again Tom - Lindsay
Date: 11/2/2021 6:07:00 PM
You do know that possums do climb trees. This is such a fun write. My peanut does the same thing, he barks whoever comes to the door like he’s going to eat them up, but when I open the door he wags his tail like crazy wanting to be padded. Your neighbor sure knew how to run his mother-in-law off. Enjoyed reading
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Date: 11/14/2021 4:33:00 PM
Hello Eve ... the possums here get inside houses and climb trees so can be a pest for some. Your Peanut is the ideal dog, And yes, I think there may have been a conspiracy here - thank you Eve - Lindsay