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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Kid In The Front Row

I used to sit in this crate box thing in the garden and pretend it was a car. I used to sit in the car and pretend it was a spaceship. I was afraid the ice cream would melt. I was scared they'd pick me for the choir. I did not like even a single vegetable. I kicked a tiny little stone all the way to absolutely everywhere. I climbed things. I fell off things. I thought kicking her in the foot was a good way to impress her. I stood on my Grandfather's feet and he walked me around the room. I was only allowed to the end of the street but I went all the way as far as almost past the end of the street. I had the Ghostbusters backpack. I constantly wrote stories about spaceships. I gave up bike riding every time there was a puncture. I skated straight into a wall. I didn't share my chocolate with her because it was mine and she could get her own. I saw her sad-eyed reaction so I gave her all my chocolate and then she went off with another boy who had the same name as me. I hid in the ditch and pretended to save the world. I swung so high on the swing that I fell clear off. I stood right next to the swing which she swung straight into my finger. I had a fight with a giant bully and won. I played cricket in the garden. I ran around the big lake. I put my coat next to hers and it felt like love. I built a wooden model of a boat but only got as far as cutting a big piece of wood into a medium piece of wood. I asked for my ball back and they told me to go away. I climbed up onto the shed and found maybe twenty tennis balls. I was young. 

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6 comments:

  1. "I went all the way as far as almost past the end of the street." Exactly! And you were the same as a lot of us!

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  2. This is brilliant. All of it. I love every single sentence.

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  3. It's when we're young everything makes sense... 'cause everything is simple and wonderful.

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  4. Loved this post Kid. It was much easier to take risks, explore and try new things back when we were young or maybe it just seems that way.

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  5. Beautifully put.

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  6. Thank you so much all! This was a weird silly idea/feeling I got last night, and I just went with it. Is very encouraging to see it getting a positive response!

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