I thought it would be great for my first story apple to post a story about apples! Our kids are going to hear this story tonight for family home evening. I'm going to include a scripture from the Book of Mormon, Alma 44:4, as the theme for the lesson. "Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us, so long as we are faithful unto him, and unto our faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith."
Here is an excerpt from a personal history written by Jack Drake Haynes, (who I am named after).
"Around this time [first grade], Seth [his older brother] and Wayne K. and I went out to Wayne's orchard to pick apples. I climbed up in the tree and tossed apples down. I didn't know the apples had just been sprayed with arsenic to kill bugs! I ate 2 or 3 apples...after a while I started feeling yucky! I lay down on Wayne's lawn and looked at his house. It was spinning round and round! It got blacker and blacker...and I was soon unconscious. I don't know if anyone figured out what was wrong with me, because Seth and Wayne didn't get sick. Someone took me home, but no one called a doctor! I was unconscious for several days! Finally, Dad and Brother Petersen gave me a blessing and I woke up. About a month later, my black hair turned bright red. Another month and it all fell out! I was bald as a billiard ball. I had to start school, (second or third grade) without any hair. My hair did finally grow back dark and wavy."
I've heard Grandpa tell this story a few times and one thing he usually mentions is that they figure Seth and Wayne didn't get sick because, having both hands free, they rubbed their apples clean on their shirts and didn't suffer the effects of the poison.