Cathy, of Cathy’s Rants and Ramblin’s gave an invitation to write a blog entry/story using the title of this post.
I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not the innocent victim!
But…she didn’t lie and I’ve never been silent so I must soldier on with my duty.
I’m not ashamed to tell you that at this very moment I have no clue what to do with this topic.
What is going to follow is totally off the cuff.
I’m going to go listen to Lindsey Buckingham’s new CD, “Under the Skin” and see if I can’t get some inspiration while I clean the kitchen.
I lead such an exciting life.
The long, cold winters were long and cold in Silence, Minnesota.
The single hospital in town was the only hospital in town.
The emergency department staff were so burnt-out the snow melted off their parkas by the time they entered through the ambulance doors.
I guess you could say the staff was hot.
It was a hard job, being a nurse, because the job was hard.
People got sick.
They were called patients.
Tonight would be different for one nurse.
Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe, RN, had a secret.
His wife had whipped him up a mess o’ cheesecake that day.
She made it from scratch.
Directly out of a Jello No-Bake Cheesecake Box.
They were the best kind, doncha know.
Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe, or Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe, as his friends called him, placed his substantial piece of delectable delight into the ER refrigerator.
It was cold in that refrigerator.
Just like the long, cold winters that were long and cold in Silence, Minnesota.
Why, his wife had put a slice of strawberry right in the middle of the substantial piece of graham-cracker crust encrusted cheese filling.
Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe, well, he did love himself the occasional strawberry slice.
It was going to be a good night.
All hell broke loose that shift. Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe must have triaged at least four patients in the first four hours.
One of them even needed an IV.
Sometimes the stress of the job weighed heavy on Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe.
He looked forward to his big ol’ piece of vanilla Jello No-Bake Cheesecake with the single solitary strawberry slice sitting on top.
Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe was on his break when he realized it was gone.
The Jello No-Bake Cheesecake with the single solitary strawberry slice had left the refrigerator as sure as Elvis had left the building.
Assuming he had ever been there in the first place.
The Jello No-Bake Cheesecake with the single solitary strawberry slice had been there.
Somebody up an took it.
“What’s wrong Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe?” asked his friend and co-worker, Jimmy Jack Jethro, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN, CEN and PhDNSc, through graham cracker crumb laden lips.
“My cheesecake has been stolen, doncha know!” replied Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe.
“Not the Jello No-Bake Vanilla Cheesecake with the single solitary strawberry slice sitting on top of it!” exclaimed Jimmy Jack Jethro.
“That’s it” said Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe as he sat with his coffee in front of an empty plate covered in graham cracker crumbs and cream cheese smears.
“Any idea who mighta taken it?” asked Jimmy Jack Jethro.
“No idea ‘tal,” responded Bubba Bo Bob Billy Joe.
“Well, I personally think it was Lizbeth Lorraine Longaberger, mahself. She’s been known to have a thang for vanilla Jello No-Bake Cheesecake. Not sure if she likes the single solitary strawberry sitting on top, though,” mused Jimmy Jack Jethro.
There was just one problem with Jimmy Jack Jethro’s thesis.
Lizbeth Lorraine Longaberger, RN, was not at work that day. In fact she was on vacation and wouldn’t be back for two whole weeks.
And that is how Lizbeth Lorraine Longaberger, RN was an innocent victim of a lie told in Silence.
Yes, I AM thoroughly embarrassed by the above story.
It shall go down in the annals of blogistory as “Don’t Let This Happen To You”.
I blame it on Nyquil.
I haven’t taken any Nyquil, I just blame this on it.
For those of you who wish to see how blogger with a more literary bent have tackled the project, check out these links, and my deepest apology to Cathy.
Somehow I think she may have been expecting something else…..
Mary Anne from “Life in Qualicum Beach”
Dr. Jordan from In My Humble Opinion
Wolfbaby from “Dreaming and Believing”
Moof from “A Moof’s Tale”
KT from “Kt Living”
Difficult Patient from “Ripple of Hope “
Amy from Badge Bunny ?
Jasmin from Shadow Writer
Empress Bee (Of the High sea)
PK from Pearls and Dreams
The Laundress from Dirty Laundry
The Wandering Author of The Unending Journey Of The Wandering Author
Amin from Write-Now
Who Wouda Thunk It From Another Day In Paradise
Brian from Truth is Freedom
At Your Cervix (R.N.) from At Your Cervix
Dr. A. From Dr. Anonymous
Ipanema from Irish Cornwall
And last, but most definitely not least:
May From About A Nurse