The older boys seem to be hammering nails
into boards. That looks like fun; I want
to do that too. I casually step over a
board lying on its side on the ground. "Hi
guys. What are you doing? Can I come in
Geoff?" I bet he's off with the older boys again up
the street. I start off. Everything is normal
today; it's not hot or cold, windy or calm. There
is nothing special about today. There is Mrs Lee.
"Hi Mrs. Lee." I like Mrs. Lee. She is a nice
responds, "Hi Russ, where are you going all by
am going up the street to see what all the older
boys are doing."
can already see them there inside that half built
shed in Mr. Roberts' yard. They seem to be
hammering nails into boards. That looks like fun; I
want to do that too. I casually step over a board
lying on its side on the ground. "Hi guys. What are
you doing? Can I come in too?"
you can't. This is a club for the big kids. No
little kids allowed."
I am a big kid. I am almost 6."
you are not allowed in, and you better watch out
too cause we are making traps so no younger kids
can come in."
kids are mean, I am going home. I back away slowly.
"That's not fair, I
" Pain. Pain, pain, PAIN.
There is a nail in the back of that board I stepped
over on the way in, and now it is in my foot. I
start to scream as I look down and see the end of a
bloody nail that I had just backed into, and a
trickle of bright red blood coming down the back of
my heel. I start home as fast as my completely
wrecked foot will take me. I hope I don't have to
get it cut off! Mrs. Lee is running up to
what happened?!" She asks me in a panic. I tell her
about how the older kids are mean and what they did
to me. I know she is a nurse and she comforts me as
she walks me home.
foot doesn't hurt much anymore; I think I can stop
crying now. Besides, I am a big kid, and big kids
Good Ol' Days
Dog I Teased
Last Days for My
Time Being a Big
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about Music: Music
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