Just like Bookends
Ed and Ted were almost identical twins. I say almost because they had all of their looks just opposite of each other. Ed’s hair parted on the left side, Ted’s parted on the right. Ed was left handed and Ted was right-handed. Ted’s left eye was green, and his right eye was hazel. Ed’s right eye was green and his left eye was hazel. On and on goes the description. The two boys looked as though they were looking in a mirror at one another.
The personalities of the two boys were exactly opposite also. If Ed wanted to go to the movies, Ted wanted to go play miniature golf. Ted could be mad about something and Ed would naturally be happy. By now you should get the picture of the anguish their mom and dad went through, daily.
Their mom was constantly refereeing between the two boys. “I’m so tired trying to get those boys to agree on something. I bet I will be bald before I’m 35, from pulling out my hair,” lamented Mom.
Then the day of all days occurred. One cold wintery morning, Ed decided to go ice skating down at old Jakes place. There was a huge lake there and the kids from the neighborhood went skating on it every winter.
Ed and Ted were pretty good skaters and they loved to show up the rest of the kids with their skill. So one day the boys decided to have a race. Ed went to one end of the lake and Ted went to the other. One of the kids yelled “GO”. At breakneck speed, both boys started out, skating as fast as they could.
“Look, yelled one of the kids. They are heading right for each other, They are going to crash! Someone is going to get hurt. Tell them to stop, before it’s too late! Besides, the ice is thin there.
“Alright you guys,” shouted Tony. “Knock it off before someone gets hurt.”
Just as the frozen words tumbled out of Tony’s mouth, there was a resounding CRACK, as the thin ice broke, a knife - like piece shot up and pierced Ed’s left arm. Ed was struggling to get to thicker ice, when through his plaid jacket, the river of red blood came gushing out. This was Ed’s good arm and he had a hard time making a firm compress with his right hand.
By now Ted was on the scene. “Move over fellows, I’m going to take control now. One of you guys go call 911 and get an ambulance here NOW!”
Ed was not usually very complacent about Ted helping him do anything. But his eyes were getting dim and his head swimming around in circles. Ed, fainting away, mumbled, “Please hurry, T…T…Ted.”
With those words, Ed passed out.
Rapidly, Ted put a tourniquet on Ed’s arm to stop the bleeding. Then he called to Tony to get some blankets to put over Ed, so they would keep him warm if he went into shock.
The wailing sound of the ambulance was the most wonderful music to Ted’s ears.
The EMT’s hurriedly put Ed on the stretcher, started an IV and gave him some oxygen. They stopped the bleeding and commended Ted for his fast thinking.
All this time, Ted had been praying to God, ”Dear God, please save Ed’s life. I promise I will never fight with him again.” All the rest of the kids had joined hands in a circle around Ed and Ted, praying along with Ted.
Ed was being placed in the ambulance, as Ted insisted on going with Ed to the hospital
Arriving at Mercy Hospital, the staff quickly took Ed into the Emergency Room. As soon as they had given Ed a Transfusion, he was put into ICU.
Mom and Dad arrived at the hospital shortly after. Ed was awake now and would you believe it, he was holding Ted’s right hand with his right hand. “We’ve made a truce – no more fighting. We are tired of being just the opposite.”
Ed spent the next three days in the hospital, Ted was with him day and night. Ted really enjoyed being Ed’s left hand. Mother was glad to have all her hair back too.
From then on, the boys were not bookends but book buddies.
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