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The Man in the Bush. A true story.

This is a true story. It still makes me laugh when I think about it. Feel free to share.

One morning I was driving to my mother-in-law’s house in a small gated community when I noticed an elderly man sitting in a bush, his legs sticking up in the air. I stopped my car, rolled down the window and shouted to the man.

“Are you okay?”


“Did you fall?”


“Do you need some help?”

“I’d appreciate it.”

I got out of my car and pulled the man out of the bush.

“How did you fall in a bush?” I asked.

“I don’t know. I was just walking. Next thing I know, I’m in a bush.”

“Did you call for help?”

“No. My son was coming by this afternoon. I figured he would probably see me.”

I walked the man home and into his house. His wife was sitting at the kitchen table as we walked in.

“Your husband fell,” I said. “He’s not hurt.”

She just stared at me for a moment then she said to her husband, “You brought home Richard Paul Evans?”

He looked at me and said, “Who?”

“Richard Paul Evans. He’s an author. I have all his books.”

“I don’t know who he is. He pulled me out of a bush.”

She looked back at me and said, “As long as you’re here, would you mind signing my books?”

 The End


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Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Christmas Box and the Michael Vey series. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling The Walk series, the story of a man who, upon losing his wife, home and business, decides to walk across America. 


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