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[Dec. 24th, 2008|11:49 am]
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Ed and Hank



Hello old friend… It’s really good to see you once again…


Disclaimer: Hank told their story to Annie Proulx. Jack and Ennis are all hers. Ed and Hank belong only to each other. Rating: G $$: Nope.


Links to all earlier posts are here:
http://myeyesaintblue.livejournal.com/10082.html






Hello old friend... it's really good to see you once again...





Slam


“Careful ya don’t slam one a them dog’s tails in tha’ door, dumbass.”


Dammit...”


“Wha’s wrong now, Ed…?”


“I just got off the phone with Iris… She broke her leg…”


Damn... Is she okay…? What happened…?”


“No she ain’t okay. She’s got a broken leg.”


“Ya know what I mean, dumbass… Is it a bad break…?”


“Well it sure as hell ain’t a good break… She ain’t in the hospital… But it’s bad enough tha’ she cain’t make it here fer Christmas… Dammit.


“Maybe we should jus’ go there for Christmas… ya know… help her out ‘n all…”


“Nora beat us to it. She’s headin’ there now… A friend of Iris’ is stayin’ with her ‘til Nora gets there… Dammit.”


“I guess it’d be easier on her ta have her ma helpin’ her out with some things…”


“Yeah... I guess... Dammit... But it was s’posed ta be our Christmas with her… ‘N we missed our last one two years ago on accounta Bill ‘n me gettin’ sick… So’s Nora’s got ta see Iris three years ‘n a row at Christmas… Well we’re gettin’ next Christmas with her no ifs ands or buts…”


“Hey… Maybe we could go anyways…?”


You ‘n Nora… ‘n the same vicinity…?”


“I think I could do it…”


“Fer a week or more…?”


“Or maybe we could go after Nora leaves… Or Iris could come here when her leg’s better…”


“Yeah...”


“Or… you could jus’ go by yerself, Ed… You ‘n Nora get along okay… gen’rally anyways…”


“Nah… Let’s jus' wait ‘n go together... Or hope Iris can come here after.”


“Tha’s fine by me. So’s… How’d it happen, Ed…? Iris breakin’ her leg…”


“’S all tha’ Daley fella’s fault.”


“The mayor of Chicago broke Iris’ leg…? You sure it weren’t the governor… Blagojevitch… or whatever the hell his name is…? Tha’d seem more likely…”


“Nope. It was the mayor. ‘N he didn’t break it personally… but he might as well have… It seems the city don’t have no money… Even with them sky-high property taxes Iris pays… so's the mayor cut way back on plowin' the streets... which ya wouldn’t think he’d do ‘cause years back Iris said not plowin’ was enough ta get another mayor booted out on his ass…”


“Yer kiddin’…? When was tha’…?”


“She said she thought tha’ was about eight or nine years before she moved there… But… this year Daley cut way back on it… ‘N Iris said she was drivin’… jus’ barely crawlin’ along ‘cause the street she was on was so bad from not ever bein’ plowed after the previous couple a snowstorms… ‘n she hit a patch of ice ‘n couldn’t stop ‘n the fella ahead a her did the same… ‘n he slid out inta the intersection ‘n got hit… but she managed ta hit a parked car instead…”


“Jeez…”


“She said she’s jus’ lucky she didn’t get hit from behind too… 'N she said the folks in the other accident were okay 'cause ev'rybody was goin' real slow… ‘n she didn’t get hurt hittin’ tha’ parked car neither… tha’ was justa fender bender… it was when she got out ta check on them other folks ‘n the damage ta her car ‘n ta the parked car tha’ she slipped on the ice ‘n fell ‘n broke her leg…”


“Jeez…”


“Luckily folks walkin’ by stopped ta help her right away ‘n called 911 when they saw she was hurt."


“Tha’s good.”


“I was really lookin’ forward ta seein’ her though… It's been months since she were last here...”


“Yeah, I was lookin' forward ta seein her too, Ed.”


Dammit.”


“Hey… I put the tree up today… How ‘bout ya help me decorate it…?”


“I don’t feel like it.”


“C’mon, Ed…”


“I ain’t in the mood, Hank…”


“We can start a fire… ‘n put on some dumb Christmas music… ‘n have us a drink or two…”


“I dunno…”


“C’mon, Ed… I’m gonna do it anyways… so’s ya might as well lend a hand…”


“I guess. But I ain’t gonna enjoy it…”


“Yeah ya will.”


“Wait a minute… I just remembered somethin’…”


“Wha’…?”


“I’ll be righ’ back.”




A minute later…



“I wanna put this on the tree…”



“Where’d ya get that, Ed…?”


“My grandma… A whole lotta years ago now…”

“You ain’t ever talked about havin’ a grandma...”


“I didn’t see her but a few times… Least-wise that I remember… ‘n she died when I weren’t no more than five or six… But the times I did see her she was real nice ta me… She brought me ‘n Ruth cookies… ‘n pie… stuff we woudn’ get otherwise… ‘N she’d bring books ta read ta us ‘n she’d sing us songs… ‘N one time… the last time we saw her… it was Thanksgivin’ I think… we made a whole buncha these toy soldiers together outta clothespins… Well… she did most of it… but I did a little a the paintin’… ‘n I sprinkled tha’ sparkly stuff on ‘em after she put the glue on… ‘N then she ‘n Ruth made a bunch of ‘em tha’ looked like ballerinas with some kinda nettin’ fer their skirts…"


"Tha' sounds real nice..."


"It was... But… this fella ended up bein' the sole survivor…”


“Whaddya mean…?”


“My pa… Let’s jus’ say Jesus’ birthday weren’t a whole lotta fun around our place… Ya know we didn’t have no tree or no Christmas presents or nothin’ like that… But my grandma… I don’t know if she didn’t know that ‘n my folks jus’ never said nothin’ ta her about it… or if she jus’ didn’t pay no mind ta my pa ‘n all his crazy rules when she was there…”


“But ya had some toys… Didn’t ya…?”


“Ruth had one doll… ‘N I didn’t have much a anythin’… But I got ta be outside more than Ruth did… ‘N I loved bein’ outside… I’d hang out with the horses whenever I could… or wander as far as I figured wouldn’ get me inta too much trouble… Tha’ was enough fer me…”


“It still is.”


“Yeah… Except now I don’t mind comin’ inside so much…”


“Not so much, huh…?”


“Nope. I kinda look forward to it even.”


“Ya do, huh…?”


“Yep. I like ta eat… 'n watch a l'il TV maybe... 'course there ain't usually anythin' good on... ‘N sleep… I like ta sleep… 'N there's nothin' like comin' in fer a nice cold beer after a hard day's work... Or a shot or two a whiskey maybe... Dependin' on wha' kinda day it was..”


“'N that’s it…?”


“’N spendin' some quality time with them dogs ‘n tha’ cat… I look forward ta that... 'N a hot shower after a hard day's work out in the cold... Or a cold shower after a real hot day...”


“'N nothin’ else…?”


“Not tha’ comes ta mind right off the top a my head.”


“You be sure ‘n tell me if'n ya think of anythin’ else.”


“You’ll be the first ta know.”


“So’s… how’d this here soldier end up bein’ the sole survivor…?”


“Well… a couple a days after we made ‘em… right after my grandma left… my pa gathered all them soldiers ‘n ballerinas up ‘n took ‘em outside ‘n threw ‘em out... Burnt ‘em along with some garbage in a big ol’ drum…”


Damn…”


“But this brave fella here… He made a darin’ escape… he jumped outta my pa’s hands ‘n onto the floor… ‘n I scooped him up real quick-like ‘n hid him good… wrapped him up tight in an old rag so’s he wouldn’ get dirty ‘n tucked him inta this big ol’ crack in the wall in my closet… I stuck him in between the lathe ‘n the plaster tha’ was comin’ away from it…”


“Jeez, Ed…”


“My folks never found him… ‘Course I’d only take him out real rare-like ta look at him… ‘n then I’d hide him back away… But it made me feel better jus’ knowin’ he was there… ‘N as I got older… Well… I guess I jus’ fergot about him… Until this past summer… When we were there… ‘n I was cleanin’ out my old room… I remembered him… ‘n I looked in tha’ closet… ‘n lo ‘n behold… he was still there… lookin’ no worse fer wear after sixty years a bein’ holed up in tha’ wall…”


“How come ya didn’t tell me when ya found him…?”


“I guess it kinda choked me up some… findin’ him still there like tha’… ‘n it seemed kinda stupid that it did…”


“It ain’t stupid, Ed…”


“So’s I jus’ re-wrapped him in some paper ‘n took him ‘n put him in the glove compartment of the truck ‘n went back ta workin’… ‘N then I fergot all about him again… ‘til now… But… once I remembered he was in the truck… I thought he migh’ like ta come outta hidin’ ‘n stand guard over this here tree fer us…”


“Yeah. I bet he’d like tha’… Return the favor… wha’ with you safeguardin’ him all them years…”


“How ‘bout we put him right up near the top…?”


“Tha’s fine by me. How ‘bout you do the honors…?”


“Sure… There we go… He sure looks nice… fin’lly bein’ where he belongs ‘n all…”


“Yep… He sure does… After all them years a hidin’ out in tha’ closet…”


“Are you talkin’ about him or me, dumbass…?”


“Both… ‘Course I’m glad it didn’t take you quite so’s long ta get here.”


“Yeah. I am too.”


“But… I’m sorry about yer grandma, Ed… Tha’ she didn’t live longer…”


“Thanks, Hank… ‘N who knows… things weren’t all tha’ bad yet when she’d come ta visit… It was like the older Ruth ‘n me got the crazier my folks got… but… maybe if’n my grandma had lived longer she woulda noticed wha’ was goin’ on… ‘n helped us out somehow… maybe even got us outta there… if’n she coulda… I like ta think she woulda anyways…”


“Yeah… I bet she woulda… ‘N… I’m glad ya had her in yer life… If even fer justa l’il bit…”


“Yeah… Me too. So’s… how ‘bout ya put on some dumb Christmas music, dumbass…?”


“Sure… Hey… how ‘bout we put on tha’ Pee Wee Christmas special Iris sent us years ago…?"


“I guess it’s my own damn fault fer sayin’ ‘dumb’…”


“It ain’t dumb… Okay… it is dumb… But it’s got k.d. lang ‘n Grace Jones ‘n Charo ‘n the Del Rubio Triplets… Hell… Wha’ more could ya want in a Christmas show…?”


“I’d like a little less.”


“It’ll be fun.”


“Can I have tha’ drink now…?”


“Sure… I’ll even go 'n get it fer ya…”


“Bring the bottle.”




A few minutes later...





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuvjQJ72xHU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BcV4a8Poz8
(Yep. That's Laurence Fishburne.)




And after that




“Well… Tha' was somethin'… Although I ain't exactly sure what...”


“Dammit… I am such a dumbass sometimes…”


“Yer gonna hafta be more specific, dumbass...”


“Here yer tellin’ me about how bad ya had it as a kid… ‘n I go makin’ ya watch tha’ kinda Christmas show…”


“’S okay, Hank… Tha’ kinda stuff don’t make me think about me bein’ a kid… it makes me think about when Iris was little… Hell… Nora ‘n I spoiled tha’ girl as best we could… especially at Christmas… ‘N it makes me think of all the times you ‘n me ‘n Iris watched it together since she gave it to us… with you ‘n Iris carryin’ on like a couple a big ol’ kids…”


“We never could talk ya inta bein’ the third Del Rubio triplet.”


“N ya never will.”


“Never say never.”


“Damn…I sure wish Iris was gonna be here..."


“Yeah. I know, Ed... But… we’ll go see her as soon as we can… or vice versa… ‘n we can have Christmas fer her all over again… Hell… We don’t celebrate it religious-like anyways… so’s the date don’t matter none…”


“I guess there ain’t no reason we can’t celebrate Christmas with Iris whenever we see her…”


“’N… I know we don’t give each other gifts… other than them shirts on New Year’s… ‘cause yer a real nut-job about it… but… I got somethin’ fer ya, Ed…”


Dammit, Hank…”


“’N it ain’t Christmas yet… so’s it ain’t really a Christmas gift… ‘N I was gonna save it fer New Year’s… but ya might as well open it now…”


Dammit, Hank…”


“I’ll be righ’ back with it…”


Dammit, Hank…”




A minute later…




Dammit, Hank…”


“Just open it, dumbass…”


RIP…


“It’s real nice, Hank… I don’t know wha’ ta say…”


“Ya don’t gotta say nothin’, Ed… I know I never coulda topped whatcha did fer me last year… Cleanin’ out ‘n lightin’ up our old trailer fer us… But I wanted ta do somethin’… ‘n I been thinkin’ ‘n thinkin’ but I couldn’ think a what… ‘n then I remembered I took some pictures of tha’ trailer all lit up ‘cause I wanted ta post ‘em with our story last year, but you bitched too much about it ‘cause apparently they fell under tha’ ‘too close ta home’ clause a yers regardin’ picture postin’… ‘n so I went back ‘n looked through ‘em ‘n picked out the best of the lot ta blow-up real big ‘n then I put it in this ol' frame fer ya…”


“How the hell didya get tha’ camera a yers ta take such a good picture of it…? At night ‘n all…?”


“I lucked out… it was a real bright night… Clear as a bell with a full moon ‘n lots a stars… ‘n then I used a fence-post as a makeshift tri-pod ta hold the camera real still… ‘N the fresh snowfall… well tha’ was jus' lucky too…”


“Thanks, Hank… I… uh… It’s real nice… Real nice… I like it a whole lot.”


“Where d’ya wanna hang it…?”


“I dunno… Either down here… Or up in our bedroom… so’s we can see it from bed… Maybe in here… ‘cause we got our eyes open more often when we’re down here… Or maybe upstairs would be better… Seein’ it first thing in the mornin’ ‘n last thing at night… But I’m usually getting’ up in the dark in the mornin’… Hell… I dunno…”


“Well… ya don’t gotta decide this minute…”


“But… Now I feel real bad… ‘cause I don’t got nothin’ fer you…”


“Wha’ you did fer me last year by fixin’ up tha’ trailer... well tha’ was gift enough fer a lifetime of Christmases… past, present ‘n future… ‘n goin’ ta tha’ protest with me… ‘n all the other stuff ya’ve done… Hell… Just you bein’ here… where ya belong… Tha’s gift enough fer me… Ya don’t gotta give me nothin’ more, Ed… Except…”


“I knew there had ta be a catch…”


“Hold on a sec… Here…”



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_D1AzlQUvw



"Who is tha'...?"


"Guess."


"She sounds real familiar..."


"Yeah. You should know her..."


“Is tha' Lee Ann Rimes…?”


“Yep.”


“Finally… Some country music fer a change…”


“Yep. Happy whatever it is we celebrate, Ed...”


“’N all you want fer Christmas is me, huh…?”


“Yep.”


“You always were a cheap date.”


“’N easy... Don’t ferget easy...”


"Cheap 'n easy, huh...?"


"Yep... Real easy..."


“Hey, Hank...?"


"Yeah...?"


"I just thought of one more reason I look forward ta comin' inta the house..."


"'N wha' migh' tha' be...? Readin' yer fav'rite magazine...? Or listenin' ta the radio...? Or playin' Parcheesi...? Or..."


"C'mere, dumbass..."




later…




“Tha’ fire could use a couple more logs.”


“It sure could.”


“Yep. It sure could.”


“Don’t look at me.”


“C’mon, Ed… I’m too comfortable ta move.”


“Me too.”


“Too bad them dogs or tha’ cat don’t have opposable thumbs.”


“They look too comfortable ta move too… Besides… Iristhecat is too little… ‘n them dumbass dogs would prob’bly just burn their paws…”


“True ‘nough.”


“I sure am glad Iristhecat fin’lly started comin’ inta the house…”


“Yeah. I am too.”


“I love yer lazy ass, Hank.”


“I love yer lazy ass too, Ed.”


“I ain’t gen’rally lazy…”


“Well then I love yer not-gen’rally-lazy-but-just-at-this-particular-moment-in-time-too-lazy-to-get-up-‘n-throw-another-log-on-the-fire ass, Ed…”


“If you got the energy ta say all tha’ you got the energy ta go ‘n put another log on the fire…”


“No I don’t.”


“Well neither do I.”


“Maybe I can pull tha’ chair over with my foot ‘n we can break it apart ‘n pitch it inta the fireplace from here…?”


“If you got the energy ta do all tha’ you got the energy ta get up ‘n put another log on the fire.”


“No I don’t.”


“Well I don’t neither.”


“Maybe I can get one a the dogs ta fetch me my phone ‘n then I’ll call the fire department ‘n tell ‘em we need ‘em ta rush out here ‘n re-start this here fire fer us…”


“Fine. I’ll do it…”


“You gave in purty quick this time…”


“Yeah… Well someday I won’t…”


“Ya wanna bet…?”


“Nope.”



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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2008-12-24 08:52 pm (UTC)
oh for crying out loud I'll put another log on the fire for em :D

Why did Ed's father destroy all the other soldiers? That seemed silly. I am glad he was able to save that one soldier so he could watch over Hank and Ed's tree

happy holidays guys
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 10:20 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks, Ed and Hank appreciate the offer and will give you a call the next time they're going back and forth about who has to get up and put another log on the fire, (which I better warn you is pretty much every time they have a fire going).

And as to why Ed's pa destroyed those toy soldiers, Hank doesn't know the details and he never likes to press Ed about stuff like that, he just knows Ed had a real bad childhood and Christmas decorations, (except for a nativity scene), and most toys weren't allowed in their house. Hank does remember Ed saying that one of his father's oft-used expressions was "idle hands are the devil's playthings".
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2008-12-30 10:42 pm (UTC)
oy boy a bible thumper. I feel bad for Ed. good thing he has nothing but good memories with Hank :D he makes sure Ed has a good life and visa versa

:D happy new year to you and Ed and Hank! (and the dogs and cats too)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 11:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Awww...

Yep. Both Ed's folks were big ol' bible thumpers. Which is part of the reason Hank's so vocal about bible thumpers, (knowing how bad Ed was treated as a kid makes Hank crazy). And yeah, it really is a visa versa kinda thing.

Happy new year to you and yours too!

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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2008-12-24 11:28 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww! ::sniffles:: I am all teary-eyed from reading about that single ornament. This was great, thank you so much for sharing it.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Hank's just glad that one ornament survived Ed's childhood (and that Ed did too!). And, thanks, I'm glad you could spend a bit of your holiday with Ed and Hank.
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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2008-12-25 02:21 am (UTC)
'Blue,

Just don't let them get near that soldier as they put the log on the fire. He's special, like you and Ed and Hank and all.

Tell Iris I hope she gets better soon!

This was a lovely Christmas Eve gift. Thanks, dumbass!
Merry Christmas!
-Joan
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 10:32 pm (UTC)
That's so sweet of you to say, as are all of you as well. And I will definitely make sure that Hank doesn't mistakenly toss that wooden soldier onto the fire in a fit of extreme laziness.

Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas this year! (You all surely earned it!)

Okay, okay, I'll stop calling you Shirley.

Hope you have a wonderful New Year's and new year, Dumbass!

'Blue
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From: animas1
2008-12-25 03:48 am (UTC)
Just wonderful to hear Ed and Hank's voices on Christmas Eve. You are a generous and thoughtful gift-giver. Three years tomorrow since I first saw Brokeback and was feeling a bit sad about it... Heath and all. Thank you for continuing this pitch-perfect series.

All the best to you in the New Year.
Animas
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 10:43 pm (UTC)
Glad you could stop by for a Christmas visit. I can understand you feeling sad about Heath, it's hard to believe it's been almost a year. I'm just glad he we have some amazing movies to remember him with, especially Brokeback. It's also hard to believe it's been three whole years since Brokeback came out. Wow.
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[User Picture]From: jennydcf
2008-12-25 04:22 am (UTC)

Awww...

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.:-)

Hank, Ed deserves every bit of love you can give him; he was kept on short rations much too long. You take care of his heart real well, now, and get him up to see Iris soon. He needs a trip to Chicago. Just don't go till the ice has melted, okay?

Ed, I'm so glad there was a survivor. I bet he looks real handsome up on your tree. Sorry you and Ruth had to go through all that.

I think that mayor you're talking about was Michael Bilandic. He was there just before I moved to Chicago. He'd taken over for the first Mayor Daley, who died in office, and before his first full term was over, there was a series of blizzards. Bilandic didn't get the streets cleared for days. Public transport and garbage collection were shut down. He lost the Democratic primary in February to Jane Byrne, who became the only female mayor of Chicago in April, 1979.

It's weird that Daley hasn't gotten more flak; it used to be the one reliable way to get thrown out of office in Chicago: don't get the streets plowed and sanded quickly. Of course he's been mayor since 1989, and his father was mayor from 1955 to 1976, so...

You spoil Hank rotten, y'know. But it's worth it to be with someone who loves you that much, even if he is kinda lazy. Besides, he's cheap and easy --and that's a good thing.:-)

Happy holidays, Blue, and may 2009 prove to be what we've had the audacity to hope for:
Then suddenly there he is,
and you wanna be where he is,
And this must be the start of something...
This could be the heart of something...
This could be the start of something big.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nxzzBXVJzs

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 11:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Awww...


Hope you had a very merry Christmas! We didn't realize you were a (former?) Chicagoan. Thanks for the name of the mayor, Hank was too lazy to look it up. ;D And Hank LOVES going to Chicago and wishes he could get Ed there more often than once in a blue moon. So Hank's busy trying to talk Ed into going there to visit Iris while Ed's trying to talk Iris into coming here instead.

And yeah, Ed was definitely kept on short rations way too long, (something that makes Hank crazy to think about) so Hank does lazy best to make up for it. Oops, I meant level best. And being cheap and easy definitely does help. (At least so far as Ed's concerned.)

Thanks for the video, it's great! And each and every one of us is daring to hope that 2009 will be the start of something big too!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 11:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Awww...

Ooops, that should be "his lazy best".
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[User Picture]From: pattieono
2008-12-25 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! These guys have such wonderful hearts!
(that's a clothespin?, how neat)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 11:36 pm (UTC)
We're so glad you could stop by and spend part of your holidays with Ed and Hank. Thanks! And yep, that's one of those hold clothespins with no working parts. Here's what they look like in their natural state: http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/2262363/2/istockphoto_2262363-old-fashioned-clothespins.jpg


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[User Picture]From: lara_pinta
2008-12-25 09:07 pm (UTC)
Hank is so good at getting Ed to do things, quietly but persistently working oh him to help with the Christmas tree, well done Hank.

Loved the teasing from Ed when he was saying what he enjoyed when he comes inside at the end of the day and I especially enjoyed these few lines
"“Not tha’ comes ta mind right off the top a my head.”

“You be sure ‘n tell me if'n ya think of anythin’ else.”

“You’ll be the first ta know.”"

The clothespins story was sad, but it was nice that Ed got to keep the soldier.

Ed giving into Hank and getting up to put a log on the fire was so well written. Ed is a softy and they both know it "Fine. I’ll do it…”

“You gave in purty quick this time…”

“Yeah… Well someday I won’t…”

“Ya wanna bet…?”

“Nope.”"

Thank you
Lorna





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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-30 11:50 pm (UTC)
I have to apologize because I owe you so many responses to so many thoughtful comments that you have left. Thank you so much for all of them.

And yeah, Hank is used to having to badger Ed to do pretty much anything (except work and... well... you know...) But it sounds so much nicer when you call it "quietly but persistently working on Ed". Hank appreciates that.

And you're right, they both know Ed is just a big ol' softy at heart and Hank does take advantage of it sometimes, but he tries to make up for it in other ways. (Mainly by being cheap and easy.)

Hope you're enjoying your holidays and best wishes for the new year!
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2008-12-26 06:35 am (UTC)

Flip a coin

Yeah I know how that goes who is going to do what or who is going to not do something. My ex and I played pool to see who was going to change the kitty litter. Pat and I flip coins all the time for chores. Yeah those clothespin soldiers were real popular when I was little and as I sit here I'm looking at the few I have left that I made with my own Nanny (grandmother) she hated being called grandma. They were fun to have, and I'm sorry to hear how it had to hide all those years but it is really special. I also have some popsicle stick ornaments that well even though not true antique glass ornaments like Pat and I collect they are awful special to me. It is amazing how all those little items on the trees bring back a flood of memories. I'm so sorry about Iris not coming for the holidays and all, but yeah anytime you can be with family and friends on any occasion or date is a good thing and who says you have to celebrate holidays on the holidays. We should spread that wonderful feeling the whole year through. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-12-31 01:12 am (UTC)

Re: Flip a coin

LOL! I can't help picturing your poor cat sniffing at the litter box waiting for you and Pat to finish your game of pool. Hank is not going to pass on your flipping a coin suggestion to Ed because then he would have a chance of losing. How wonderful that you and your Nanny would make those clothespin soldiers too. Those and the popsicle stick ornaments are just as beautiful as the antique glass ones because, like you said, they are so special. (Although I bet the antique glass ones are pretty cool too.) And yeah, hopefully they'll be able to see Iris soon enough and like you said, any occasion or date is a good thing when you can be with family and friends. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year!
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From: bentgyro
2009-01-01 02:49 am (UTC)
Nice the little soldier survived. My whippet and cat won't get logs for the fire either - they just have that "are you crazy?" look on their faces.
Thank you for this and have a wonderful New Year!
HT
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-03 09:47 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! And, LOL, yeah, we know that "are you crazy?" look all too well.
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From: jenna_hilary
2009-01-02 01:41 pm (UTC)
I've been away and so haven't been able to read on Brokebackslash for quite a while, but when I saw that Ed and Hank had left Christmas greetings, I made sure I found the time to read what Hank had to say. I wouldn't miss one of his posts for the world.

Blue, please pass on my very best wishes to them (and to Iris) and of course take a helping for yourself as well. Happy New Year to all (and as my sister says, it will be, but only after January 20th!)
Love,
Jenna
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2009-01-03 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by Jenna! And congratulations too! I've been meaning to write after I got the email saying that you were going to be published online by Dreamspinner Press. That is so great!! (And so well-deserved too.)

Consider your best wishes passed on to everyone here (and to Iris too) and returned in kind. Hope you have a great new year! (And we agree with your sister, January 20th will definitely be the start of the real new year.)
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[User Picture]From: bronctastic
2009-12-26 07:12 pm (UTC)

Oh dear god in heaven

That IS Laurence Fishburne. I think there's been a rip in the space/time continuum, capt'n. Or the gates of hell have been opened, or....

Kinda cute though, ain't he? Kinda like a "Buffalo Soldier" X "Artist formerly know as 'Fomerly Known as Prince.'"

Man, what they cain't do with genetic engineering these days. ;)
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