Yeah, Some of That’s Really True

Fortuna is the only romantic comedy I’ve ever written, and I did it for my grandson. He’s of an age to be fascinated by WWE style wrestling so he wanted me to write him a book about wrestling. Given the subject matter, I thought a romantic comedy might be a good way to go. And in case you’re wondering, the first scene in the book takes place in the wrestling ring, and then my wrestlers retire to West Virginia where the adventures won’t stop coming.

I didn’t have to make up funny things to go in the book because I have a lot of personal material to draw from. My family has had some funny stuff happen to them so I decided to share a few things in the hope that other people would enjoy the stories. 

One of the scenes I liked best was when my heroine Aimee thought she was attacked by a snake. I promise you that in the real world it happened exactly as I wrote it. My uncle had a strawberry patch that my cousin Margaret loved. One Sunday after she got home from church she wanted to go to get some strawberries before she changed her clothes. My uncle warned her to be careful because he’d seen a snake up there the day before. 

Okay, she went to the strawberry patch and started picking. Then, she felt something grab on to her ankle. Remembering the snake, she raced for the house screaming for her father. “Snake! It’s eating me alive,” she hollered. 

Her dad tried to head her off, but she wouldn’t slow down. It took him awhile to catch her. Of course there was no snake. She’d gotten a briar tangled in the hem of her dress, and every time she moved it felt like the snake was biting her. 

Do you think any of us ever let her forget it? That’s right we didn’t.

I also liked the bean ball battle scene. That one is based on something my son and I did at a family reunion. We did mock some poor girl’s bean balls, but I elaborated a little here, and she certainly never knew. We never threw any bean balls either, but honestly, what was she thinking? Bean balls at a Southern family reunion? We go for macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and potato salad. Cake and pie too. And banana pudding. We don’t do bean balls.

What about you? What are some funny things that have happened in your family?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to Yeah, Some of That’s Really True

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Oh, gosh… lots of things in Possum Trot seem amusing to me. I’ve shared a few of them on FB… and a few people seem to agree. Can’t bring to mind any particular one, right this moment.
    Frankly, I’m still “wrestling” with the realization that you wrote a book about wrestling. Not that there’s anything wrong with a grown woman (of age 39) delving into a world where people pummel each other and fling each other around a roped enclosure. LOL

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  2. Funny things have CONSTANTLY happened in my family and no, we never let each other live anything down!
    I told a couple of funny stories from my family here, especially two that I can recall about my mother, one pertaining to Frank Sinatra and a family reunion and one regarding a man she thought looked like Ricardo Montalban and spaghetti sauce. (I guess you have to read them for any of that to make sense. If you have time, check out the archives, because they will amuse you.)
    I have put a number of real-life happenings into my stories, (not posts here); in fact, a few are almost scene-for-scene, word-for-word.
    There are too many funny things in the family which have been added to ‘normal’ talk that no one Outsiders would understand.
    Right now there are “Arvada Owls” in our backyard. When we were living in Arvada,Co., (a Denver suburb), Joe-the-Husband insisted that we had a lot of owls. I had never seen or heard an owl at the time there, but he was sure, and could not believe that I had not noticed them hooting all the time. When he finally pointed out the call, it was the coos of Mourning Doves, which became “Arvada Owls”, and that is how we refer to them, for the last 37 years.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I read the book and enjoyed it. But I have no idea what bean balls are.

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    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      The ones we saw looked like meatballs, but upon closer inspection we saw that they were blue. Perfectly shaped blue balls. We had no idea what they were until we decided to try one. They were made with cornmeal and blue beans, which I never knew existed. They were dry and tasted of uncooked cornmeal. Not too good.

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