Easter Egg Hunt Kids, Limited Edition Books, And a Moon Pie per Typo

        We all have a gift; it’s just a matter of finding it. Years ago there was a boy in Harvey County who had a knack. He was dark-haired and had dark brown eyes; a mischievous child with a quick smile and big dimples. He was blessed with excellent hand-eye co-ordination and was good at golf and pool. That was not the boy’s gift though; his was the Easter Egg Hunt. He won three years in a row.

        There was a problem, though. He was so good he found all the eggs right away. The other children went home empty-handed and in tears. The mothers were angry and demanded something be done. My friend ended up as the only kid I ever knew who was banished from the Harvey County City Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 

        It made no never mind though. After they banned him, he went the next year after the hunt was over and all the other children had gone back home. He found dozens of eggs the other kids didn’t find and had left behind. He’d save up the chocolate ones and take ’em to opening day at the Harvey County pool where he’d give them out to the girls in those new two piece bathing suits.

        One year the boy went out after the Harvey County Annual Easter Egg Hunt and didn’t find a single egg left behind. He spotted a young blond girl with a full Easter egg basket at the end of the field. He tried to catch up with her but she disappeared into a thicket just beside the second hole of the golf course; the one with the big hill where we used to sled every winter.

        Years went by. The boy broke his leg in a water skiing accident. Back then that’d land you in Harvey Memorial Hospital for a week. His nurse was a pretty young blond woman. One day it hit him. “Hey, you’re the Easter Egg girl.”

        She smiled. “That’s me.”

        “I was good, but you were even better. How’d you find those Easter eggs?”

        “I don’t know. I can just see things other people can’t see. My mama is the same way.”

        The boy was one of those types who wasn’t threatened by a girl who could out-do him. Two years later he married her. They lived happily ever after.

        Oh, I guess you wonder what this has to do with limited edition collectable books. The now somewhat past middle-aged, dark-haired man with the streaks of gray and his lovely blond wife bought “The Mandolin Case.” They wrote to tell me how much they enjoyed it, but they wanted me to know they did find a few typos. I called my agent to tell him.

       “Man, I can’t believe it,” he said. “The publisher had a first-rate MFA go through it. Tell those folks they have a gift.”

       “I will, boss. Would you talk to the publisher about putting the ‘Easter Egg Kids’ on the payroll?”


       “These guys were childhood Easter Egg hunt winners. I’m telling ya, I think kids who grew up as ace Easter Egg hunters can out copy-edit the copy editors.”

        “Bibey, where do you come up with all these people?”

        “I dunno, boss. Every story in Harvey County is a long one, I guess. I e-mailed you their corrections. There aren’t many, and they said it didn’t take away from the charm of the story one iota. They loved it.”

       “Okay, I’ll forward the patch on to the publisher.”

       And now you know why the first 1,237 copies of “The Mandolin Case” are a Limited Edition Collector’s item.

       Someone else musta figured it out too, ’cause I saw it on the Internet with my own two non-Easter egg eyes. From some kind of speculator I guess: (paraphrased) “From our collection of hard-to-find used rare and out-of-print books, “The Mandolin Case,” by Tom Bibey. $68.69.” (They had it discounted to $61.82)

       I won’t tell you who the speculator was, but my agent and publisher were not involved with this particular offer. (Neither was I.)

       So, I want to reassure you “The Mandolin Case” is still on Amazon for 18.00. In fact, Amazon just discounted it to 16.20 to compete with the Barnes and Noble price. 

       I gotta admit the notion of being a “collectable” gave me a chuckle. I’ll have ’em at Red White and Bluegrass, and I assure you they will be eighteen bucks. I’ll even sign ’em and inscribe them as “Red White and Bluegrass Limited Edition” if you like.

        At this point I think we’ve gotten shed of all the typographical errors. In fact, I am so confident that if you find one past the Limited Edition Version, I’ll send you a Moon Pie per typo via U.S snail mail or give you one in person at the festival. Boy Scout’s honor.

       See ya soon.

Dr. B

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18 Comments on “Easter Egg Hunt Kids, Limited Edition Books, And a Moon Pie per Typo”

  1. Billy Says:

    If you are going to be at the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival, I am going to look for you and buy one there. Gotta get one for myself.

  2. drtombibey Says:


    I’m gonna be there for the whole thing. If you find a new typo I’ll give ya a Moon Pie. (I have clipboard with a list of the ones the Easter Egg kids found)

    Better bring the RC Cola, though. My truck is already loaded down with provisions like a wagon headed for the Chisholm trail, and I’ve about run outta room for all the books I gotta haul over there.

    Dr. B

  3. newt221 Says:

    Again, a wonderful but true story! Love it when you tell those things. You had me seeing the boy and the girl….And the Easter Eggs they found….

    I will be on the look out!

    • drtombibey Says:


      I saw the Easter Egg kids this weekend. They’re still a cute couple after all these years.

      Do be on the lookout, ’cause the shipment to quoters should go out over the next couple weeks. I got behind because of the crazy opening madness.

      The thing got off to wild start; went to #1 in the Amazon “Country Books” category, but then dropped back to #7.

      One of my best blog buddies said, “Hey Doc, don’t worry. It’s only been out a week. Give it some time.”

      I thought that was good advice.

      Dr. B

  4. Woohoo! I’ve got the “limited edition” coming to me in the mail, Doc :). It’s already in the mail and on the long way across an ocean or two :).

    • drtombibey Says:


      Somehow, someday, and some way I am gonna get your copy signed and me and the wife are gonna take you to dinner. You’ve been with old Doc the whole way.

      If you like it how bout going to Amazon ang giving me a good (?5) rating? If by chance you don’t I’ll try even harder on the second book, although I hardly see how I could. I gave this one my all.

      I sure hope you enjoy.

      Dr. B

  5. Lua Says:

    Oh I love this story Dr. B!
    I just ordered my copy from the Amazon, I know it’ll take several weeks before it makes all the way to Turkey, Istanbul but I’m so excited that I’ll get to read it:)

    • drtombibey Says:


      The notion of y’all being a part of rural North Carolina way over in an exotic place like Istanbul is wild to me. I hope you enjoy it as much as homemade ice cream on a summer day.

      We are simple people, and it is a simple story. And yet, as Dennis Jones said at the radio station, “This thing seems simple at first, but it has a lot of layers.”

      Dr. B

  6. Ted Says:

    Another really good one. Enjoy R,W&Bluegrass, wish we could be there. Too much music, too little time. Writing, reading, thinking. – Ted

    • drtombibey Says:


      “Music, writing, reading, thinking.” No wonder old Doc and Marfar took to the English Professor and Irene right away.

      We’ll send a tune out to ya one day so you can be there in spirit.

      Dr. B

  7. Doc, I think you mis-spelled your name when you signed mine 🙂 Nice work, I’m very proud of you.

    • drtombibey Says:


      I only did that so I could have the pleasure to hand-deliver a Moon Pie to my favorite bluegrass DJ at Red White and Blue.

      I feel a movie coming on too, and I know who I want the radio DJ to be if they script one. Might as well get the best.

      Dr. B

  8. Melissa Says:

    I agree. We all have a gift. 🙂 And you certainly have an amazing gift for storytelling.

    • drtombibey Says:


      So do you my friend. When I cruise around the WordPress “writing” category dashboard I fast forward thru and speed read the excerpts. I only stop on the ones where a passage catches my attention. I’ll read along and then realize, “Well, I’ll be. This is another post from that Melissa kid.”

      Dr. B

  9. Martin Waddell Says:

    What’s a Moon Pie?

    • drtombibey Says:


      It is one of those peculiar Southern U.S delicacies, sort of a chocolate/marshmellow/ graham cracker crust concoction that is a round (moon) shape.

      If you are over here touring around and ask for a Moon Pie and an “R-O-Cee” Cola (R.C.) which is a regional version of a Co-Cola, folks would stop and say, “wonder how that fellow from the UK would know such a thing?”

      If you every make it to N.C. I’ll make sure you get to try one, typo or not.

      Dr. B

      • Martin Waddell Says:

        Sounds like good, healthy, nutritious stuff. I’d reciprocate by filling you in on some of our Glasgow/West of Scotland delicacies, but since they’ve been designed to bring about an immediate myocardial infarction, you probably wouldn’t thank me for it.

        Amazon order went in today – book should be with me in 5 days or so. Looking forward to it immensely.

  10. drtombibey Says:


    Someday I’m gonna get there brother. What is that dish over there? Haggis? I’ve never tried it but would like to.

    I do hope you enjoy the book. Tell Amazon if you do!

    Dr. B

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