Impressed by Ward's tales of walking 10 miles each way to school as a boy, Beaver takes his dad's old pedometer to school and bets his friend Whitey that he can walk twenty miles in a day, just like his dad.
After June finds it among Ward's old possessions, Ward gives the boys an old pedometer that his father gave to him. Beaver is excited about using it, especially after Ward tells him that he will be amazed at how far he can walk each day. In what is obviously an exaggeration at least in Ward's mind, he tells the boys that he used to walk 20 miles a day to and from school. When Beaver shows his classmates the pedometer, he ends up betting Whitey his prized outfielder's mitt that he can walk 20 miles by the same time tomorrow since his father did it, and his father wouldn't lie to him. By the end of the afternoon, Beaver comes to the painful conclusion that he will walk nowhere close to 20 miles. A sulking Beaver, who doesn't want to talk about what is bothering him to his parents, is mad at the world not only for losing his mitt, but because he didn't measure up to his father. When Ward finds out, can he right things in Beaver's mind? Written by
Hey mom, if me and Tooey get the motor scooter running would you buy it off of us to go to the market with?
Well Wally I think Tooey's mom deserves first crack at it.
Sure, we'll ask her.
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'A Kid Would Be Better Off If He Locked Himself In A Closet And Never Listened To People.'
That line above is said by "Beaver," after older brother "Wally" tells him, "Aw, you know, that's just parents talking."
How this started: "June" is ready to throw out a box of "Ward's" old collectibles, never bothering to check with him. However, he spots her and saves a few things like an old pedometer he had as a kid and enjoyed. It was instrument, like a pocket watch, you strapped to yourself and it would tell you how far you walked that day. (I had one of those myself).
Anyway, Ward shows it to the boys but only Beaver is interested. The dad then tells Beaver he used to walk 20 miles day. Beaver believes him, as young kids always believe their moms and dads. The trouble is, when Beaver gets to school and begins talking to the guys, he winds up
thanks to Larry Mondello's big mouth (naturally) - making a bet with
"Whitey" that he can walk 20 miles, too.
Hmmm, you just know that isn't going to work out and there are some lessons, as aways, to be learned, by father and son.
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