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Dictated Examples

(Please note: as all material dictated or provided to YFS is confidential, these examples are fictional and exist only in the imagination of the writer. They do not relate to any person, living or dead.)

This is a case where two people are relating stories to be presented to Sammy on his 65th birthday. Their words are taken down verbatim.


Participant
What about the time that he climbed on the roof and tried to put out the chimney fire?

Participant
Well, he had called the fire department first, but it was still a pretty gutsy thing to do. He was just lucky that the garden hose reached that far. Did they replace the roof?

Participant
I don't think they had to replace the whole thing, but some repairs were definitely required.

Participant
Remember the time when Sammy climbed the tree and gave his grandfather a heart attack?

Participant
Yeah. And when he called mom out to see where her precious boy was, she told him that boys climb trees.

Participant
But they don't always climb so high that they sway back and forth with the tree when the wind blows.

Participant
Well, it was OK, ‘cause he's in his 60s now.

Participant
And that wasn't his only adventure. One time his sister let him use the car when she was away on a trip, and he decided that he and his brother should visit a relative's cottage.

Participant
Right. But that really relates to the other brother. I'll never forget his mother's face when they told her that they had had a flat tire, and Freddy held up the car so that Sammy could change the tire.

Participant
Do you remember the time that his mother attacked him with the tea towel because she thought he had made her little granddaughter cry? That was hilarious.

Participant
I don't recall that one

Participant
Well, he and his friend were watching TV in the living room, and his mother was doing the lunch dishes. His little niece, Maribeth, was just learning to pull herself up on things. She pulled herself up on the footstool, lost her grip, and plop - found her self on the floor with a very badly injured dignity. She raised her voice and let the world know that it was not treating her well.

Participant
Well, babies do that all the time.

Participant
Right, but remember that his mother couldn't see what was going on. She rushed into the living room to make sure the baby was all right, and demanded to know what had happened. That was when the so-called friend said, "He hit the baby."

The dishtowel began to whirl and smack him on the head, arm, and whatever else was in its path. Both he and his friend were laughing so hard that they didn't have any breath left to tell the truth.

Participant
Was the baby howling through all this?

Participant
Absolutely not - she was enjoying the show and had, in fact, pulled herself up on the footstool again in order not to miss any of the action.

 

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