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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The workings of the mind of a four-year-old

When I was four years old my parents moved us to a new house. My mother worked for the church in that neighborhood and the parochial school would be close enough for us to be able to walk.

That summer I was playing by myself a few houses down from where I lived. I noticed another little girl on her tricycle. I headed over to her and she started to get off of her trike. We were both thinking, "new friend." Her mother and grandmother were sitting up on the porch watching us.

As the other girl was just getting off of her trike she fell down and went home crying. I don't know what the heck I was thinking but I figured her mom and grandmother would think I'd done something to hurt her. Well, I turned and ran and promptly fell down and skinned both knees.

Little kids think such weird stuff. Anyway, Jenny and I did end up being friends. We shared Barbies and Beatles and the Chipmunks. Her parents moved away when were about eight or so and I only saw her once after that. I do believe it was the fact that we both hurt ourselves the day we met that it stays so vividly in my mind.

22 comments

Blogger Tardist said...

Jenny and Johnny. I'm not even gonna try to spell teir last name. One time I was being pushed down that same sidewalk on my tricycle by a much older girl and hit a huge crack and flew over the trike, landing square on my chin. Jenny and Johnny's dad, who was a doctor, ran in to get his medical bag but by the time he came running out the front door, we were already in the car rushing to the hospital. That one was a few stitiches! Ouch.

Wed Sep 21, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

That was a dangerous sidewalk. I don't know what kind of trees lined it but some had roots too close to the surface which messed up the pavement.

I remember when tht happened to your chin.

Wed Sep 21, 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

"we both hurt ourselves the day we met"

That line sticks with me. It sounds like the first line of a novel, that I would keep reading.

Wed Sep 21, 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

That was a great little vignette, Squirl! Susie's right: I'd keep reading, too.

Thu Sep 22, 12:47:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Why is it, in my medicated bliss, I can't get "Alvin, Simon, Theodore" out of my head?

Thu Sep 22, 12:48:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

Great little story Squirl. Thanks

Thu Sep 22, 01:12:00 AM  
Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

Ahhh all the skinned knees of childhood, I had so many. Its nice to have such a good memory to go along with some of them...

Thu Sep 22, 07:05:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Susie, it's really funny that you say that. I was trying to come up with a post. While Ichabod and I were taking a long walk last night (the last night of summer) I said I felt like writing some little section of fiction instead my usual posts. But then I started thinking of the type of writing from a cheap detective novel. :-)

Eclectic, it does like a good start to a book. Maybe I'll have to use it someday.

Kitty, sorry about the Chipmunks reference. Medicated? Do you have a cold.

August, thank you!

Jess, another part of the story that I remember is that my mom only had one bandaid. I got to choose which knee she put it on. If you didn't get skinned knees as a kid then you must have been sick in bed the whole time. :-)

Word verification yutqty
You cutey?

Thu Sep 22, 07:13:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

All before my time. I never even lived in this particular house, did I?

Thu Sep 22, 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I had something BRILLIANT to add but then I looked down at my word verification. Apparently, "imsol"

I'm shit out of luck, now don't that suck?

Thu Sep 22, 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

Mr. B, that cracked me up! You'd better go back to bed, boy! heeheee


imscrwd (just kidding! mine really says hvagrtdy ;)

seriously now, vlfux

hmmmm...

Thu Sep 22, 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

Wonderful story, and I agree with everyone I would continue reading.
And I got "ho rqv"

Thu Sep 22, 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Sinus infection - ick. I wonder - did the leg with or without the bandaid heal faster?

tffypb.

Thu Sep 22, 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

No comment on the vlfux there. It seems to say it all on its own.

vfnjrv

Thu Sep 22, 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Forging bonds through pain. At such a young age. How poignant.

Thu Sep 22, 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, yes, we lived in that house when you were born. You were two when we moved. Not quite such ancient history now, right?

Mr B, yes that does suck. Weird how easily distracted we are by things like word verification.

Susie, vlfux???

Nanina, thank you. I don't know why some things stick so clearly in ones memory, but that's one for me.

Kitty, that part of the story I don't remember. I'm sorry you have a sinus infection. :-(

Mr B, I agree.

Kranki, I love how you put that. It's nothing compared to the run in you had with that nasty, mean dog.

zxdmq - I'd love to get that word in Scrabble.

Thu Sep 22, 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Where is my comment? I could've sworn I left a comment here yesterday. It was something incredibly clever and witty, something like, "Awww, what a sweet story, Squirl."

mtpkq

Fri Sep 23, 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Ladybug. Isn't there now the common phrase, "Blogger ate my comment"?

Fri Sep 23, 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

I thought it was "Motherf**kers ate my lunch."

vmoowvsa
Moo?? Are you calling me a frickin' COW, Blogger? Huh?

Fri Sep 23, 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

LOL, I forgot all about motherf**kers ate my lunch. I needed that laugh.

However, Blogger is the biggest cow on the block and has no right to throw any stones.

vqmtj Is it telling me that I'm vacuous and empty? Again, blogger's a bitch!

Fri Sep 23, 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

To think we used to deliberately cut our fingers so we could become blood brothers!

Back in the olden days of course...

pfuisqa- something to put atop your pizza?

Fri Sep 23, 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sierrabella, I was waaay too much of a wuss to do that. But in today's worries of blood-borne pathogens, that would be frowned on. :-)

Pizza, you're making me hungry.

Fri Sep 23, 05:31:00 PM  

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