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[Jan. 28th, 2014|08:04 am]

Ed and Hank

Just horsin' around...

**NOTE:  This is what Hank was going to post in late December - but then he got interrupted by some really wonderful news so he posted about that first.  So this post is very late, but here it is anyways. And here's hoping it makes you all smile a week after a very sad anniversary.

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 previous posts are here:

Just horsin' around...

"Wha' the hell is all that, Ed...?"

"Toys... fer them tots... You know... them ones who don't get no toys fer Christmas otherwise..."

"Dammit, Ed... I thought we were gonna go together..."

"Yeah... Well... I had time ta day when I were in town... 'N stuff were already gettin' picked over... I'll still go with ya when you go... But we better go damn soon..."

"Hey... I thought I were buyin' the toys fer girls this year..."

"Well... The girls' stuff were gettin' picked over the quickest... So's I did it... Didn't want there ta be justa buncha pink crap left... 'N I got some stuff that either boys or girls could play with..."

"Lemme see what all ya got..."

"Don't jus' dump it all, Hank..."

"I'm not... I'm stackin' it real nice so's I can take a picture of it all..."


"D'ya gotta take pictures a ev'rythin'...?"

"Yep.  Leastwise whatever you'll let me take pictures of..."

"Why do I even ask..."

"Hey... I think I may be pickin' up on a theme here... It's real subtle-like... But... I'd say it involves... lemme see... it's on the tip a my tongue... Some kinda animal I ain't real familiar with..."

"Ya'd prob'bly be more familiar with 'em if'n ya'd work with me once in a while..."

"Jeez, Ed... Looks like you mighta spent all the money fer the both a us..."

"Woulda bought more but I got the last of a few a them things..."

"Gotta admit... It's nice ta know there's one thing in this world that'll make ya open up tha' wallet a yers withou' bitchin' 'n moanin'... Kids."

"Yeah. Well... Cain't stand the thought a kids withou' no toys. Or warm coats. Or 'nough food. Or anythin' else."

"I know, Ed."

"Sure wish they woulda had more horse stuff left... 'Specially tha' big ol' stuffed horse... Woulda bought a bunch more a him if'n I coulda..."

"Think she's a her... Lemme look... Yep. Definite-like a 'her'..."


"So's... I think I'm seein' a couple a things tha' don't quite fit tha' theme a yers... Like tha' there castle..."

"Then ya didn' look close enough."

"Sure 'nough... That odd-lookin' thing there jus' migh be a horse..."


"It ain't that odd lookin'."

"But... what about this here doll... She don't got nothin' ta do with horses... 'N I'd say that's most definitely the color pink tha' she's dressed in..."


"She's got long pants on least-wise... so's she can ride a horse... Hell... Most a them dolls out there in them stores are near naked."

"'N wha' the hell are these things anyways...?"


"L'il carryin' bags... with l'il horses in 'em."

"I can see that... So's... I guess what I shoulda asked is 'Why'?"

"Damned if I know. But I got the last a them too."

"'N I s'pose ya bought this l'il fella on accounta he's wearin' overalls."


"Yep. Didn't have no ranchers wearin' jeans... so's I had ta settle fer a farmer in overalls."

"Ya know, Ed... I think ya missed yer real callin' in life..."

"'N wha' migh' tha' be...?"

"Bein' Santa Claus... 'Course we'd hafta fatten ya up a whole helluva lot."


"So's... Uh... Ed...?"

"Uh oh."

"Why the hell are ya usin' tha' tone a voice...?"

"'Cause I can tell from yer tone a voice that yer about ta ask me a question I ain't gonna wanna answer."

"Never mind then."

"Go ahead... Ask me... I'll brace m'self... That is... so's long as it don't got nothin' ta do with my childhood... or my folks... I've done said all I'm ever gonna on them particular subjects."

"Well... Ya like buyin' stuff fer kids so much... 'N I know ya loved raisin' Iris... So's... If'n we coulda... wouldya have wanted ta adopt a kid...? Together, I mean... You 'n me..."

"Never woulda been able to back then... 'N we're too old now anyways... So's there's no point in discussin' it."

"Well... I think we woulda been real good dads."

"Yeah. Well... You woulda spoiled 'em rotten... So's tha' means I woulda had ta be the one disciplin' them..."

"The way you spoiled the hell outta Iris...? 'N still do... Ha... That I'd like ta see..."

"Yeah. Well... Hell... I guess we woulda raised us some spoiled rotten kids..."

"So's... Ya said 'kids'... Does tha' mean ya woulda wanted more'n one...?"

"Cut it out, Hank... It don't matter 'cause it never coulda happened... On accounta the times... 'n on accounta who I were back then... 'N there sure as hell ain't no changin' none a tha' now."

"Nice ta know ya woulda wanted to, though."

"Never said tha'."

"I know ya woulda."

"Then why the hell didya bother askin' me ta begin with...?"

"Jus' woulda been nice ta hear ya say it."

"Fine.  If'n the times weren't wha' they were 'n I weren't who I were then I woulda if'n we coulda but I were who I were 'n the times were wha' they were so's we wouldna 'cause we couldna."

"Good 'nough fer me."


"So's... Wha'd ya bring me, Mr. Edward Smith-Jones-Claus...?"



"'Course... ya didn' even notice what I left fer ya before I went ta town..."

"Wha'...? Where...?"



"Ya got me trucks ta go with tha' yellow one I gotcha...?"

"You should be a detective."

"Where'd ya get 'em, Ed...? I thought I got the last one with tha' yellow one..."

"Got 'em at the hardware store. Where'd you get the yellow one...?"

"At tha' truck stop north a town. Melvin said he didn' think they were gettin' no more in..."

"Yeah... All they had at the hardware store were them three l'il trucks... But I figure now we got ourselves a real good start on an indoor 'truck farm'.

"We sure do."

"'Course these l'il ones are in a helluva lot better shape than the ones in our outdoor truck farm..."

"Hey... Wait a sec..."


"Them trucks should be haulin' somethin'... Here... How's tha'...? They're haulin' them toys ya got back ta town..."



"Wait a minute, Ed... Why'd ya bother haulin' all them toys out here ta begin with...? Why didn' ya jus' drop 'em off in one a them boxes fer 'em...?"

"Well... I... uh... the box were purty small at tha' ranch store... So's..."

"Small, huh...?"


"So's... Lemme guess... Ya filled tha' box 'n ya jus' brought the toys tha' wouldn' fit home..."

"I did not. I jus' put a few things in... so as not ta fill it... Figured we'd spread the rest out 'tween a few other places..."

"Dammit, Ed... Ya know damn well money don't grow on trees... 'N even if'n it did there ain't hardly no trees 'round here at all anyways... Hell... we cain't afford ta be spendin' all tha' money on a bunch a lousy kids... If'n they want toys they can jus' go out 'n work fer 'em.... Or build 'em themselves... They got two hands... Most of 'em do anyways..."

"Think yer funny, dontcha...?."

"Jus' wanted ta see what it felt like... bein' the one complainin' 'bout money bein' spent fer a change..."


"Hey... Now I gotta find somethin' fer them littler trucks too... I know... Hold on a sec... I'll be righ' back..."

A minute later...



"Where the hell didya get them tiny bows...?"

"Bought 'em when I bought tha' big one that's on the picture... I were gonna make fun of our packages fer our holiday greetin's this year."

"Wha' the hell are ya talkin' about...?"

"Here... I'll show ya..."



"Course... tha' don't look quite righ' ta me..."

"Ya think...?"

"There... That's better."


"Well... Ya got it half-way fixed... Here... I'll fix it the rest a the way..."


"Ya think so, huh...?"


"How 'bout I put tha' big ol' red bow where it really belongs... Stand still, Ed... It don't wanna stick ta yer jeans..."


"Bet it'll stick ta yer belt buckle... There... got it... Now there's somethin' I'm lookin' forward to unwrappin'..."

"Too bad. Yer gonna hafta save it 'til Christmas."

"No way in hell is that gonna happen."

"'Course... it won't 'xactly be much of a s'prise fer ya..."

"That ain't true, Ed... Even though we been together fer so damn long... I'm still s'prised ev'ry single time... Hell... I'm still s'prised tha' yer here with me... still s'prised ev'ry single time I get ta go ta sleep next ta ya... 'n wake up next ta ya... 'n eat breakfast, lunch 'n dinner with ya... 'n don't ferget them coffee breaks..."

"Cut it out, Hank."

"I cain't, Ed... Yer the gift tha' jus' keeps on givin'... 'n givin' some more... 'n then some more after tha'... 'N then when I least 'xpect it... ya give even more... 'n when I think ya cain't..."



"C'mere... I wanna give ya somethin'..."

"See...? That's 'xactly what I were talkin' about..."

"C'mere, dumbass..."





Greetin's of the Season...
And Best Wishes for the New Year!


From Ed and Hank

And Bill and Betty
(Yep. They're back together. Official-like.)

And Edthedog and Hankthedog and Billthedog
And Iristhecat




From: mazaher
2014-01-28 09:06 pm (UTC)
Hilarious! and moving! and ...LOL =)
I wonder whether they might consider distance-adoption...
Thank you for an extra helping of xmas-like spirit!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-01-29 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hank was just going to skip posting it 'cause the holidays had passed, but he's glad they made you laugh!

And yeah, a long-distance adoption just might be something they could handle. :=)
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[User Picture]From: ennisjackdean
2014-01-28 10:28 pm (UTC)
Oh ~blue I don't know if they're
seriously considering being daddies
in some way. But the more I think of
the healing potential for Ed the more
it feels so very perfect. I think of
his childhood and the way his heart
could never be there for Iris when
she was small. And now...

Lordy Lord that Hank is a wise man.
First the dogs, now this. I can't help
but think Hank has had a cunning plan in
the works all along. <3 <3
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-01-29 03:52 pm (UTC)
You're right, it would definitely be a great healing potential for Ed, Or would have been anyways. But, I'm sorry to say, it was just a spur of the moment "What if things had been different" question on Hank's part (the kind of question Ed dreads :=) ) and there's no plan in the works for being daddies. :=( They will, however, continue to spoil the dogs and the cat rotten and spoil Iris rotten when she comes to visit too. :=)
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[User Picture]From: ennisjackdean
2014-01-28 10:37 pm (UTC)
Not to imply Ed didn't love Iris, I think you understand
I meant he couldn't be fully there.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-01-29 03:55 pm (UTC)
I understand exactly what you meant - And it made perfect sense too. Ed's heart was going through some real hard times back then. And he loved Iris with all of his heart, but he couldn't always be all there for her the way he wanted to.
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[User Picture]From: skinheadbrian
2014-01-29 07:29 pm (UTC)

as always, that was awesome! i'm pretty sure i've mentioned it in previous comments, but "Ed & Hank" is my absolute favorite BBM fic. seriously.

i'm so glad hank is still writing (and you're still sharing!)!!! :-)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-02-01 05:03 pm (UTC)
That is so nice of you to say! And Hank is sure glad he's still writing about him and Ed too.
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[User Picture]From: skinheadbrian
2014-01-29 07:32 pm (UTC)

incidentally.... i think ed & hank would've made great dads. once they finally got together & ed got a wee-bit more settled in his skin, i mean. (well, as much as ed COULD be settled, back then.) but yeah, i think they'd have been good fathers....and great dads! ;-)


Edited at 2014-01-29 07:34 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-02-01 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I think so too, and like you said, once Ed got as settled in his skin as he could be back then. Hank sure would have liked to have found out... But at least now he knows Ed would have if they could have.
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2014-01-30 06:18 am (UTC)
Aw this is a very nice belated Xmas gift. I lobe how they got.gifts for the kids I.love horses.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-02-01 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it! Happy belated Xmas to you!
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[User Picture]From: argentine65
2014-01-31 08:56 pm (UTC)
This is for Ed, the strong and serious man, but inside he is soft and sweet. I love what they do for children and someday they might have some adopted children in their ranch. Thank you so much for sharing and Happy Late Holydays. Martha
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-02-01 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah - Inside Ed is just a big ol' marshmallow and Hank loves that he is. Unfortunately, Hank pretty much agrees with Ed that they're just too old to adopt and do justice to raising kids now. (And, believe it or not, it's still illegal for them to adopt in Utah - although that **should** change when the federal courts rule in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah (and elsewhere). But I wouldn't put anything past the state of Utah in still trying to get around federal courts and keep adoption illegal for same-sex couples.)

Happy Late Hollydays to you too!

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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2014-02-02 09:44 pm (UTC)

thanks guys

It was appropriate I read that today. Not sure if you knew but me and my ex had two girls they were 9 and 7 when I met him and he and I were together 13 years. Pat and I have been together 19 and the girls now have kids of their own sadly one lives in Chicago and the other lives in Columbus but they came to town last Wednesday thru yesterday to spend Christmas with me. So I still had all the trimmings up until today. I know they are not truly my kids but my ex is passed away and all and well, their children call me grandpa so I guess they are mine and all I did walk them both down the isle when they got married and love them to death. Always hard on Pat knowing I had this other life and all, but he handles it with grace like he always does. It is true kids are special and I was one of the lucky ones. Oh back in 1982 my ex and I had to fight the system to keep them but we did and it was worth it. Hard fight to do since my ex was a party boy and loved his booze. But, I did what I could for those two and they tell me all the time I gave them a great childhood. I wish I could have done better and I do think of the hard times when I struggled to put gifts under the tree each year somehow I managed but I don't forget that like you don't and try and give as much as I can each year to help those struggling like I did. Luckily I don't struggle so hard anymore and the girls appreciate things and they are teaching their kids to appreciate the simple things as well, they all could be spoiled rotten but we are trying to teach values The youngest made me some really nice homemade things and they mean the world to me and I will cherish them until the day they throw dirt on me. It is a great time of year and we have to try and carry it through the entire year that sense of love and giving. Thank you for giving us this wonderful gift. Sharing in your life the way you have. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-02-05 01:53 am (UTC)

Re: thanks guys

I didn't know you and your ex had two girls - I'm so glad you're still in contact with them and their children - How wonderful to be a grandpa too!. And I'm sure you were a wonderful father to them as well - they are very lucky to have you in their lives. I'm glad you fought the system and won back when it was very difficult to do so. And I'm sure the kids are glad you fought for them as well. And kudos to Pat for dealing with something that is hard on him with such grace. Thank you so much for sharing your life as well. Hug those kids and grandkids for us next time you get the chance!
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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2014-02-21 08:09 am (UTC)
Hey, Blue!
I'm late to the wedding and the hollydays but I made it in time to wish Hank and Ed Congratulations on their becoming Smith-Joneses for Real Like! (Also glad to see Bill and Betty back together. Kinda. You know I've always had a bit of a "thing" fer Bill. But as long as they are happy...)

Funny- this year some nice folks from Wells Fargo gave me a beautiful stuffed horse named Mack at the holidays. He was mighty flighty though... jumped right in that Salvation Army box like a champion and stayed put til they took the box away. Ain't seen him since, but I bet he rode into some kid's heart pretty fast.

I was tickled at the new decorations, specially the Battle of the Bows. But I ain't sayin' a word.

Especially after hearin Ed say, "Fine. If'n the times weren't wha' they were 'n I weren't who I were then I woulda if'n we coulda but I were who I were 'n the times were wha' they were so's we wouldna 'cause we couldna."

"Good 'nough fer me."

Sounds like some Hawaiian song. I get all tongue tied trying to talk like that, much less keep up with the woulda coulda wouldna in Waikiki or somesuch.

Anyway, Things are okay here 'n hope they are with all y'all. Hope to hear from ya again soon!

Love ya, Dumbass!

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2014-03-04 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ooops! I'm late too. I somehow missed your comment 'cause my email put it where it didn't belong for some reason I cannot figure out.

I will definitely pass your congratulations on! And I know what you mean about Bill - I've always had a bit of a thing for him too. I'll let you know if things betwixt him and Betty get rocky again and he ends up a free man. (Assumin' I don't catch him on the rebound first.) :=D

And yeah, I think Ed was channeling Hank there for a minute with his couldas and wouldnas and couldnas.

Glad all is well there! I'm happy to report things are getting better here.

Love you too, Dumbass!

P.S. I bet Mack has a great home with a real lucky kid who loves him dearly.

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