A group of country friends from the Bluffer Reformed Church wanted to get
Together on a regular basis, to socialise, and play games.
When each took turns to host the event the lady of the house was to prepare
As it came time for Al and Janet to be the hosts, Janet wanted to outdo all
The others. So she decided to have mushroom-smothered steak.
Now, knowing that mushrooms are so expensive, she told her husband, 'No
Mushrooms -- they are too costly. I'll just use pasta and gravy '
Al said, 'Why don't you go down in the paddock and pick some of those
Mushrooms? There are plenty by the creek'.
'No way,' she said 'some wild mushrooms are poisonous.'
'Al said, 'Well, I see native animals eating them and they're okay.'
So Janet decided to give it a try. She picked a bucket full -- washed,
Sliced, and diced them for her smothered steak.
Then she went out on the back verandah and gave Rover (the yard dog) a
Double handful.. Rover ate every bite.
All morning long, Janet watched the dog and the field mushrooms didn't seem
To affect him, so she decided to go ahead and use them.
The meal was a great success, and Janet even hired a student from the local
Tech College to help her serve.
The young lass was very impressive with a white apron and a fancy little cap
On her head.
After everyone had finished, they relaxed, chatted, and played cards. About
Then, the student waitress came in and whispered in Janet's ear.
'Mrs. Williams,' she said, 'Rover just died.'
Janet went into hysterics.
After she finally calmed down, she called the doctor and told him what had
The doctor said, 'That's bad, but I think we can take care of it. I will
Call for an ambulance and will be there as quickly as possible. We'll give
Everyone enemas and we will also pump out every one's stomach. All will be
Fine. Just keep the people calm ...'
Soon they could hear the siren as the ambulance approached.
The paramedics and the doctor had their Gladstone bags, syringes, and a
One by one, they took each person into the bathroom, gave them an enema, and
Pumped out their stomach.
After the last one was finished, the doctor came out and said, 'I think
Everything will be fine now,' and he left.
They were all looking pretty weak and pale, sitting around in the lounge
Room when the young student waitress came in and said, 'You know, that
Fellow that ran over Rover never even stopped.'
Life is not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.