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Sunday, July 26, 2009

While I was baby-sitting for my then-8-year-old nephew, Shane, a boy with a quick wit, an infectious smile and a long history of being very mischievous, he got into one of his daredevil moods.

Thinking it a great idea to emulate his current hero, Inspector Gadget, he climbed a ladder to the roof, armed with an open umbrella -- and jumped.

We spent the afternoon at the emergency room, getting a cast for his broken arm. We finally got home, and after giving him a very long lecture on safety, I asked him, "Have you learned your lesson?" He looked me straight in the eye and replied: "Yes, ma'am. Next time I need a bigger umbrella."

Donna Allen, Spencerville

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