Saturday, August 3, 2013

Missing Digits


My uncle does a bit of ranching work up in northern California. He is pretty savvy, but one year he was in a roping accident in which he lost half of his thumb.

About a year after the incident, he went to a party, and a bunch of kids were seeking entertainment. My uncle turned to them and demonstrated the trick where someone pretends to pull his thumb off by using his index finger and other hand. But instead of putting it back on, he waved his hand around and said, “Ta-da!”

The kids were all amused, but they eventually went off to play. But one little kid followed my uncle around for the entirety of the evening saying, “Put it back on, Paul.”