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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Wednesday I had an appointment with my orthopedist. Dr. Woolever travels from the Soo to Newberry to see patients about every 2 months. Before my appointment I was to have a hand/wrist X-ray.

While I was waiting in the waiting area , a young woman and a small boy came in. The little boy looked to be about 5 or 6; cute little dark haired kid. Skinny little knees and bony little elbows. Mom looked to be about 30. Not such skinny knees, elbows or anything else for that matter. I have no room to talk, but you will eventually understand why I make a point of this.

They came over and sat down in a couple of chairs across from me. Sitting beside me was an elderly couple; very prim and proper and holding hands. We had chatted briefly when I first sat down but they were immersed in the medical records that the old gentleman was holding in a shaky hand. The little old lady would lovingly pat him on the arm and assure him things would be OK.

The little boy caught their eyes too. He was SO darn cute. Such a shy little guy.

The mom (I’m only assuming she was the mom), bent down to tie her shoe and I heard a very audible gasp from the older couple…BOTH of them in unison.

The heavy set “mama” had a red thong which was very visible when she bent over. Now I truly don’t mind what people wear for their undies, but I don’t want to have to see what it is…and obviously the older couple didn’t want to see it either…or maybe they were just surprised!

The gal got her shoe tied and her name was called. When she walked away from us, our eyes couldn’t help but follow her departing form. She did have low riding jeans on which ya didn’t notice from the front. But when you got the rear view, you really GOT an eye full! It wasn’t just the pretty red thong that was very much in plain sight! YEP!!! She could have passed for the plumber who shouldn’t bend down, over or squat (no offense to any of you plumbers out there). Even if her tight white t-shirt could have been pulled down enough to meet the top of her jeans, the red thong would have “shown through” anyway.

The woman and the little boy had left the room. The old lady said “WELL! At least it is clear that there is nothing wrong with your eyes!” The older gentleman looked at her as if she had punched him!!! I couldn’t help but look at her too…and then I saw the dimple in her face and the twinkle in her eye. She was just having some fun with her honey.

I also couldn’t help but ask them how long they had been married…to which the lady replied “MARRIED??!! We’re not married!!! We just act like an old married couple! But we’ve been together for about the last 7 years.”

Around this time, my name was called so I left the two love birds to look after each other and heard her say as I walked away…”Keep your eyes in your head!”


  1. Cathy, You find humor where ever you go. That was a great story.

  2. SBW, I hope Dan and I can still be like that when we get to be as old as this couple.

  3. Cathy,

    Oh my goodness, I couldn't stop giggling while reading this story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Sure hope you hadn't had breakfast before you saw her.
    And good for that older couple.
    I aspire to be them when I get older.
    (which probably will be next year or soon).ha

  5. Your post was terrific! I needed that chuckle! Thank you!


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