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Turkey Hat Jack
By pat medlin
Tuesday, March 09, 2010

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A silly story inspired by seeing my oh-so-neat grandson Jack Flash...on a horse for the very first time...which happened to be a spotted mare.

Listen up all you city slickers while I tell you a story about my special sidekick Turkey Hat we met up and how he came about gittin' that fancy soundin' name of his.

Well it started like this.  A few years back, me and my big red Ned was ridin' up in the hills along this rough dusty trail when we run up on this ole mean lookin' black and white turkey...looked like a giant tumbleweed.

His feathers was all poofed up big-like and he was hoppin' around squakin' and scratchin' the ground.  It seemed to me that he was surely lookin' for a fight.

Well I tell ya I was real scared and ole Ned wasn't havin' nothin' to do  with steppin' any closer to this dangerous lookin' critter.  We knew we was in one bad purdicament...yes sir we sure enough knew that.

Bout that time Ned turned his head sharp around, gave a great big whinney and I caught sight of this here cowpoke ridin' up from the other side of the trail.  He was sittin' tall in the saddle on what looked like a little spotted horse.

As soon as he heard all the commotion comin' from that big nasty tempered turkey, he spurred that little horse into a run...straight at us.

Ole Ned was dancin' around real nervous like.  We was tryin' to back outta there...tryin' to find a way to git clear of that orney critter.  But that little spotted horse just keppa comin' and straight as an arrow.

Before I could say 'jumpin' cyote bones' ole Jack had done jumped off of that little spotted horse of his and tackled that big ole bird.  He grabbed him by both legs and wrestled him to the ground.

That critter was yellin' so loud I bet you could of heard him back at the ranch and up to the heavens.  It was for sure this turkey-bird weren't doin' no gobble gobblin'.  No sir...he was flappin' his wings and squawkin' like he done lost his mama.

There was so much dust a flyin' couldn't tell who was who and what was what.  They was rollin' and tumblin' every which were about the biggest dad-burned scramble Ole Ned and me ever did see.

All of a sudden outta that big mess of floppin' about, up popped Jack.  He had 3 long shiney black and white turkey feathers clenched all up tight in his fist.  He was grinnin' like a big fat skunk-tailed possum after rollin' in the mud.

That big ole turkey was a howlin' louder than a cyote and he shot off like a hot air balloon flyin' right over the top of ever tree that got in his way.

Jack stood up...dusted off his britches, stomped his boots and plomped those 3 shiney feathers right in the band of that black Stetson hat of his.  He hopped back on his little spotted horse, looked over at me and Ned and said "Howdy name's Jack".

Well the rest is not too hard to figure out.  Word of me and Ned's rescue from that ole turkey-bird got around pretty quick like.  Me and Ned call him our "hero"....everybody else calls him Turkey Hat Jack....yes sir...they sure do.







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Reviewed by kj Force 4/10/2014
What a cute and unique way to pay tribute to your G-S...real Fetchen'
story...they do " spur" our imaginative juices...thanks for the share...kjforce
Reviewed by Michael True 7/21/2013
Perfect. This is story-telling at its finest. Reminds me of my adventure with a cornered roadrunner. He had to give up three feathers too! M.True
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 4/3/2012
Tall Tale. The g-kids are coming tomorrow and I will be sure to read them this one.
Liked this.

Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 9/29/2011
I really enjoyed this tale . You have captured them in a lighthearted story which holds the readers attention....M
Reviewed by CJ Heck 5/28/2011
Oh Pat, this is delightful! I, too, have a grandson named Jack ... he's just as precocious, too! I especially love the western flavor you've used here in the story -- you have made a new fan.
Reviewed by Charlie 5/17/2010
This is a story for "Turkey Hat Jack" to treasure forever! Aside from a couple of typos, the story is perfect-- just enough flair to be fun, and compelling without being weighted down by deep, underlying meanings, etc. The two typos I caught were 1) fifth paragraph "heard" instead of "head", and 2) the second "squakin"...where we was doing it "like he was losin his mama". For reals, the word is spelled "Squawk", but that's not as important as getting that "u" in the right place.

I love the wide-western accent used here-in. I can see young Jack's eyes getting wide with all the hero-worship he's hearing. Gotta love the whole grandma being rescued by the young-fry feel to this story. There are some words you could weed out just for more smooth reading and more colorful imagery-- like adding "of his" after the intro's first paragraph, or like the deleting the word "horse" when you introduce your big red Ned -- little things like that...

But most of all, you could improve this story by creating a chapbook with drawings or clippings from magazines or downloaded images. Word has a magnificent feature called "book fold" that you should look into. You could split the text up, and make a wonderful birthday gift. Some stores even carry blank books for doing projects like this. And since you've done a story for Jack Flash, you'll need to do one for his cousin/sibling? as well. but coming from one who was the recipient of such gifts, they are precious, and priceless! And believe it or not, a good percentage of children's books that are widely known today, began in just such a way-- including Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, a few of Charles Dickens tales "The Magic Fishbone" being one of them... the list goes on and on.

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/10/2010
Great story to tell the kids!


Reviewed by Angela Ciero 3/9/2010
Cute! Very creative! My kiddo's enjoyed it too Pat! Thanks for sharing.
God Bless!

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