I’ve told this story a few times, but I don’t think everyone believes it to be true.
In a recent interview, I was asked to relay the story of the wackiest thing that had ever happened to me. In my time as an author and actor, I’ve amassed some interesting stories, but the monkey story is still probably the wackiest. After seeing the story, Michelle asked me to do a write up for World Indie Warriors.
So, kick back, prop up your feet, and grab a cool beverage.
Here comes the monkey story.
When I was a kid, we’re talking around 11 years-old, I believe because we were still living in Doraville, Georgia. We moved right after I turned twelve and my baby brother was walking at this point so I’m going with 11. Don’t you love it when your brain makes you play mental gymnastics just to remember when things happened?
Anyway, I came home from school one afternoon and walked up the driveway and through the gate into the backyard. I would then make a left and walk in the back door. This day, my mom was waiting on me. Naturally, my first thought was I had done something wrong and was in trouble or, even worse, was about to get a good talkin’ to, one of those parental chats about what you did that made you wish they had just spanked you and got it over with. You know the kind.
Mom was at the back door and opened it, rushing me inside.
Naturally curious, I asked her what was going on.
That’s when she turned me around and pointed toward my swing set with the jungle gym bars in the back yard.
There, standing atop the bars was a monkey.
It seemed to enjoy the attention and waved its arms around and ran back and forth atop the monkey bars.
I couldn’t believe it. We had a monkey living in our back yard. No one knew where it came from, but there it was. My mom said she first saw it when she put my brother down for a nap and went to wash the dishes in the sink. The window over the sink looked out on the driveway and the large wooden privacy fence that separate the front and back yards. That was when she first saw the monkey.
The monkey was obviously accustomed to being around people. It was friendly, playful, and all of the neighborhood kids loved it. We treated it like a pet.
My parents called animal control, who did not believe them or their story about a monkey running wild. They tried the police, who did not believe their story either. Finally, after a week of us kids falling in love with our new playmate, my parents called the local news, who came out and did a story on the monkey.
No sooner did the news air the story when suddenly, the police, fire department, and animal control descended on our neighborhood like soldiers invading a country. Sadly, the authorities turned what had been a peaceful situation into utter chaos. The kids had been playing with the monkey, holding its hand, walking it where we wanted. Any of the neighborhood kids could have easily walked the monkey into animal control’s cage and it would have been over, easy as pie, but no. The men began chasing it, yelling and shouting, and scaring the poor terrified creature until the inevitable happened and the monkey bit someone.
Sadly, that was the death knell for the poor creature and they shot and killed it in short order. The neighborhood kids were in tears. It was a sad end to an amazing adventure. After the monkey was collected, the authorities came after my parents, wanting to know why they didn’t report this dangerous creature. That got shut down fast when they showed them that they had called and been ignored. This was an event that started out great, but ended in tragedy. It was a wacky week.
My only regret from this time is that I no longer have any photos or video of that time. I remember the news story and my baby brother being shown feeding the monkey on the TV. One day, maybe I’ll be able to find it again. So far, my searches have proven unsuccessful.
I still have fond memories of that monkey and that time in my life.
I swear, the story I just told you is true. I hope you enjoyed it.
Bobby Nash Author Bio:
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author. He writes novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he appears in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind your favorite actor. For more information on Bobby Nash and his work, please visit him at www.bobbynash.com, www.ben-books.com, and across social media.