It’s the Darndest Thing

By Audrey W.




Roy DeSoto came into the locker room at Station 51 and handed his partner John Gage a card.  As Roy opened his own locker to get ready for their new shift on duty, a fully uniformed John turned and sat on the inside edge of his locker, studying the front of the card in the process.


“For me? Roy, you shouldn’ta.”


“I don’t think it’s quite what you’d get if I was giving you a card.” 


John snickered. With a black crayon drawing of two stick figures on the front, one a lot taller than the other, and the words ‘Happy Father’s Day’ underneath, it was pretty obvious the card wasn’t intended for him. Nor was it even likely from Roy to anyone. The wide lined paper it was made out of was what most young school children used to practice printing. The rest of the features were a sure sign of a homemade card by someone in grade school.


“Chris?” He asked as he glanced at the dark-blond paramedic.


Roy nodded as he buttoned the light blue uniform shirt he’d just put on.  “I thought you’d get a kick out of it.”


John cocked an eyebrow, then looked at the card again.


“Read the inside.”


Gage opened it.





This card doesn’t have very many words, but it’s the thought that counts and I sure thought real hard!


Love, Christopher



He couldn’t hold back a snorted laugh.


“Now that’s original.”


Roy again nodded as John read over the inside once more, a crooked grin still on his face.


“You never know what kind of things a kid’s going to come up with next. Even being a dad for six years now, I just never know. Sure keeps things interesting.”


“Reminds me of Art Linkletter with his ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ bit he had on his ‘House Party’ show.”


Johnny had it about right, Roy thought. With a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter, his home was like one segment of ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ after another.  He would always treasure each and every one of them.  




Another inspiration from our daughter from a card she made awhile back. :o)


No copyright infringement is intended for ‘House Party’ nor ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’. I just have fond memories of the show done by Art Linkletter, and figured the guys might too. :o)






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