Spring Loaded

We were young. Digging through the attic of an abandoned house sounded like fun. I found a rusty jack-in-the-box. When I turned the crank, the spring-loaded Jack didn’t jump out at me. I pried the lid off and saw the reason why. Stuffed around the spring were old bills. Lots of them. I gently pulled them out and saw . . .

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

2 thoughts on “Spring Loaded”

  1. For some, the most challenging component of Army Jumpmaster School is the nomenclature test. Dozens of components make up a parachute rig and dozens and each one has a unique and challenging military nomenclature: hook, pile, tape lowering line assembly; cable-loop type canopy release assembly; spring-loaded ball detente. Each of these must be recited perfectly, as a hands-on inspection is being conducted, within a very narrow time constraint.

  2. Lucy looked sadly at the clock on the dining room wall. Her cuckoo clock had seen its share of good days, but it was not working anymore. The wind up mechanism was probably shot since the pendulum would swing for about 10 minutes before it stopped. The spring loaded door where the cuckoo appeared on the hour and every half hour was not working either. The spring must have popped. She knew it was time to have the clock replaced.

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