Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My family, problem-solvers extraordinaire.

So, my uncle. Nice man. Hunts and fishes, but eats what he kills. Raises good dogs and raised two good kids. The sort of grandfather you'd want for your child, you dig? Goes to baseball games, can fry a mean catfish, has a good sense of humor. Sober, steady, church-going. I've never heard him raise his voice and have only heard of one time (and this was hearsay) when he used a naughty word, and that was "hell". Or "damn"; I don't really recall which.

My uncle. My Beloved Mother's baby brother, the one who loves Chefboy and is never in a bad mood? That one?

Sent a cosh.

A real, live, spring-handled, lead-ended, leather-wrapped cosh. As in, I'm not entirely certain this is legal within city limits cosh. Eight inches long, weighs about two pounds, makes a satisfying and painful thwap when you whack it into your palm, would easily fracture somebody's frontal skull. No lead pellets dropped into eelskins here; this is a serious weapon in an itty bitty package.

Apparently he read (sweet hopscotching Jesus, if he's reading this, I'd better clean up my fucking language) or heard about the patient taking a swing at me. And he got a little irritated on my behalf.

"She can put it" he told Beloved Mother, "in her pocket. Nurses have big pockets."

It has quite the loop strap on it, too. If I don't want to get too close to somebody and still land them in ICU overnight for observation, I could conceivably swing the thing at arm's length.

My methods of self-defense have been limited, these last twenty years, to ducking and running and imagining how, exactly, I would get to the fire extinguisher and loose it into some bad guy's face before Max ripped out his throat (always assuming Max would do that; it's not been put to the test, knock wood). I've never hit anybody with a cosh. I've never carried a cosh in my pocket. I've never even SEEN a cosh, for cryin' out loud; my naming it thus is informed by my taste for good and not-so-good detective fiction.

Nonetheless, I am now the proud posessor of an eight-inch-long (fourteen with handle), spring loaded, lead-tipped widget that's wrapped in braided black leather and looks like something either Bettie Page or your local pr0n store would carry.

And I can keep it in my pocket. My big nurse's pocket.

I can't wait to see the docs' expressions when I pull it out instead of a penlight. 


Anonymous said...

"She can put it" he told Beloved Mother, "in her pocket. Nurses have big pockets."

Too flocking funny! Your writing is really going places.

--Says Magpie, former editor, current student nurse (2nd semester, by golly)

Anonymous said...

Look, he sees something wrong, he makes it right. And your problem with that is ...?

Oh wait. Does he expect you to eat what you kill?

GingerJar said...

Well, my ex-father-in-law (bless his deceased soul) was a deputy sheriff in a little Texas County and he carried one...but he called it a "sap" (guess when you hit somebody with it, they turn into a sap?) Anyhow, he had to use it on a guy that went crazy in his squad car,and was kicking the windows out, he didn't keep a good hold on the sap, the guy got it, beat him up with it, took his pistol and pistol whipped him, then stole his squad car. Moral of the story...hang onto the handle! You don't want to be the one on the business end of the sap!