Day 2293

We’re having the first real rain of autumn now… yay!!

I found a book in the Weird Book Room at ABE books. It’s called Paint It Black- A Guide to Gothic Homemaking. There is also a cookbook- Manifold Destiny: The One, The Only, Guide To Cooking On Your Car Engine. Fun stuff! (Like I didn’t already have enough to read!)

A story came up at dinner-

When I was 10 and my brother was 8 we started to take the city bus halfway home to Mom’s office. She told us to go to the corner down the hill from our school and take the first bus that went by- they all ran downtown where her office was. So that is what we did.

Unfortunately, Mom was wrong, there was one bus that did not go downtown and according to Murphy’s inevitable law, that was the first one that ran past the first day we took the bus.

So, of course, the street corner we were supposed to get off on, never arrived. I kept looking for it and we kept riding until we came back to where we started from. Then I made my brother get off the bus with me and walk back up to the school and call my Mom (who was, by this time, totally panicked). She called my Dad who was half a city closer to come pick us up. My Dad, instead of coming himself, sent one of his coworkers.

Now, like all kids, my brother and I had been told and told again not to ride with strangers. So when this stranger showed up, I refused to get in the car and refused to let my brother get in either. I made him radio my Dad and then made Dad give me a description of him, tell me his name and made him show me his driver’s license. (He was legit, after all) I heard him telling Dad that he’d never been so grilled by a 10 year old before.

So the ‘old’ woman got home that night.

Kind of odd to think, I was a year younger than Emily is now when that happened. I wish she had that much presence of mind in dealing with people and the world, I’d feel a whole lot better about her growing up.

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14 Responses to Day 2293

  1. Anonymous says:

    You’ve always been a grown-up. Most kids are more like Emily than you, I suspect.

    When I was 10, my folks would never have dreamed of letting me go about on my own like that. Even though we lived in a tiny town, not a city, where everyone knew everyone. Though in fairness, I was (and am) a daydreaming spacecase, likely to mess up even something I’ve done before by not paying sufficient attention to the world *outside* my head. GPS devices are good things for people like me. No matter where I end up, TomTom will get me home!

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, somebody had to be. Funny thing is, I feel like some of my friends have outgrown me, like I missed finishing growing up and I’m still stuck somewhere.

      I’m planning to get your namesake a GPS for Christmas, she gets lost easily too.

      • Anonymous says:

        like I missed finishing growing up

        Maybe the part of you that didn’t get to entirely be a kid before just wants to finish being a kid.
        My sister and I were talking yesterday about how most adults stop having fun and playing, and become dull and rigid from lack of whimsy and not using their imagination. That’s definitely not you!

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s never going to be me. I like designing neat stuff too much- quilts, hairsticks, rooms- you know.

      • Anonymous says:

        We’ll never stop playing, you and me. 🙂

      • Anonymous says:

        By the way, did you notice that our default icons aren’t us… but resemble us?

      • Anonymous says:

        I noticed that about yours when you first put it up! Mine, I picked because of that – the skull makes it totally me.

  2. zenkitty_714 says:

    You’ve always been a grown-up. Most kids are more like Emily than you, I suspect.

    When I was 10, my folks would never have dreamed of letting me go about on my own like that. Even though we lived in a tiny town, not a city, where everyone knew everyone. Though in fairness, I was (and am) a daydreaming spacecase, likely to mess up even something I’ve done before by not paying sufficient attention to the world *outside* my head. GPS devices are good things for people like me. No matter where I end up, TomTom will get me home!

    • wren08 says:

      Well, somebody had to be. Funny thing is, I feel like some of my friends have outgrown me, like I missed finishing growing up and I’m still stuck somewhere.

      I’m planning to get your namesake a GPS for Christmas, she gets lost easily too.

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