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April 7, 2013

04/07/2013 — Lee Ward: Whistling should be acceptable for all occasions

ASHLAND — I wish my parents were here to read the story about the man whistling in Maine.

Robert Smith was charged with disorderly conduct for his loud whistling in downtown Portland.

I wouldn’t say I was an especially happy child, but I wasnt miserable either.

Being a deep thinker, and being an only child with no other children to distract me from my introspection, you might say I was brooding.

However, I had my lighter moments and, at those times, you could say I was downright silly.

One day I was whistling compusively.

I don’t know what got into me, but I couldn’t stop whistling.

Seriously, I was so odd my mom shouldn’t have been surprised but apparently she was. And she was annoyed.

After several minutes of whistling, she told me to stop. She told me over and over and over and over. I could not.

Oh, I stopped for a few minutes, but before I knew it, I was whistling again. You know how children can be. They just want to do something because they were told not to. I’m sure that had something to do with it.

Mom’s patience wore thin and her anger rose. Dad, in a rare momen of wisdom, stepped in when she was about to shriek at me and said, “Let her whistle. She’s happy.”

I was shocked Dad took up for me, that he involved himself in our lives.

I also was shocked he recognized I was happy. I didn’t even realize that.

I also was shocked I was happy.

Robert Smith can consider himself understood, too.

After having been cited by police twice in the last year for disorderly conduct for his whistling. he reached an agreement: he pleaded guilty and reached a deal which said he could whistle but he had to keep moving, no lingering in front of buildings.

I wonder if Robert Smith was happy, too.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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