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Thank God they made it through. The endnote made it sound as if George had finally made the best decision.
By: David Walston on August 23, 2013
That was good thinking on your part. You were an Everyday Hero! It's nice now that with Facebook and all that you can find out what happened to old friends. If I had any I'd totally do that.
By: PT Dilloway on August 23, 2013
That was a terrifying experience for you boys at such a young age. I'm glad they survived, and that George finally saw the light.
By: Eva Gallant on August 23, 2013
Whew! I'm so glad they were ok (relatively speaking)...
By: The Bug on August 23, 2013
What an amazing story and so well told. I felt like I was right there, watching it all. I'm so thankful for the postscript, too.
By: Shelly on August 23, 2013
I am pleased to read that Ricky's father came around. Social media often gets a bad rap but in this case it helped you reconnect with a childhood friend. Priceless.
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 23, 2013
Wow! What an experience for you to have. I have to think that it shaped the lives of both you and Ricky to see that. And you are such a terrific story teller!
By: Nancy Felt on August 23, 2013
A great story & very well told!! I was positive they both were dead.
By: fishducky on August 23, 2013
I assume the police took care of the broken window and you didn't get into any trouble over that? Obviously something seared into your memory. Imagine how permanent it was in Ricky's! Can't blame him for being mad at his dad. Glad to hear they both survived and George lived long enough to live a couple decades a sober man. ;)
By: Rita McGregor on August 23, 2013
thank you for completing the story here. i hated thinking of what ricky and his mother went through. my father drank and could have killed us or himself... i have felt that hatred. my father has been dead for almost 30 yrs and it still wells up.
By: TexWisGirl on August 23, 2013
I just exhaled a huge sigh of relief. Did you reconnect with Ricky? It's impressive that George finally sobered up and maintained sobriety for two decades. Very well told, Stephen. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on August 23, 2013
You, sir, are an exceptional storyteller. I don't often read blog posts all the way through (i.e., don't skim), but when I do, I read The Chubby Chatterbox. Well done.
By: Al Penwasser on August 23, 2013
WOW that is quite a story. I hate that George put Ricky through that if it was a result of his drinking. What a nice turn of events though that George got sober in his later years. I hope he and Ricky got their relationship back on track at some point. I am glad you and Ricky came to their rescue. That story could of had a far different ending.
By: Cheryl P. on August 23, 2013
Wow! I thought the Delgados were goners. You proved you could handle an emergency as well as Ricky could. If you found George, you must have found Ricky. What's happened to him? Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 23, 2013
Amazing anyone survived. You did good my friend. And it sounds like George finally saw the light, too. Good for him. S
By: Scott Park on August 23, 2013
It's sad that the man lost so many years with his kids, but i'm glad he wised up at the end.
By: mimi on August 23, 2013
Riveting CC. So in the pinch the chubby little young Chatterbox could become a genuine hero. Good on Rickey to track down his folks, they probably could not survived much longer in that mess!
By: Cranky on August 23, 2013
It's so often the case that drunks survive wrecks that kill sober people. I've heard that this is due to them being relaxed going into the wreck.
By: Snowbrush on August 23, 2013
You told a great story of an awful event. Glad that things turned out OK in the end.
By: Pixel Peeper on August 23, 2013
Whew! You're good in a crisis!
By: Val on August 23, 2013
Well, that was a great ending to an awful story
By: Red on August 23, 2013
What a horrible memory to carry with you through your life.. and even more so for Ricky. Well told. So are you now in touch with Ricky? Is his mother still with him? Does he now about your blog? Inquiring minds want to know.
By: Hilary on August 23, 2013
This story had me riveted. I was sure the Delgados were goners. Lucky for them they had a smart son - and his resourceful friend - to save them. Awesomely exciting and well-written story! :-)
By: Lexa Cain on August 23, 2013
It's good to know that Mrs. Delgado wasn't paralyzed in the accident.
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on August 24, 2013
That must have been a really traumatic experience for all involved. Enthralling story well told.
By: Bryan Jones on August 24, 2013
What a great story, as much about friendship as anything and such a good ending too. I used to play statues also, glad to know it was an international game.
By: John on August 24, 2013
Powerful story. Like Hilary, I wonder if you're still in touch with Ricky and how he's doing.
By: tom sightings on August 24, 2013
That's an amazing story and a wonderful footnote to top it off. It's good to hear that George stopped drinking, but it doesn't change what he took away from Ricky in his crucial growing up years. That would be hard to forgive. You acted well in an emergency for such a young guy.
By: jenny_o on August 24, 2013
thank goodness they both survived. a great story, i have a tear in my eye
By: Fran on August 24, 2013
The storyteller in you just captured the essence of a terrible tragedy for the Delgado family. So sorry you had to be involved but....you would not be the man you are today without the history you have. Thank goodness both survived the crash. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on August 24, 2013
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