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Chapter Seven: Good Friday (Continued)
Previously: Back home in L.A., The Fool resumed his aimless search.
I was just driving around, not really going anywhere,
when I saw this grammar school down the hill.
It was a little country-type school right there
at the foot of the Sierra Madres.
It had the foothills for a backyard,
and then just went right on up into the mountains
without a fence or anything,
except for the little dead-end road I was on.
I could see behind the building
through the scrub oak and the scrawny adolescent fir trees.
All the kids were gathered around, and someone was talking.
Like I said, I felt like a kid myself that day,
so I had to find out what they were doing.
I got out of my car and climbed down through the bushes
to a spot on the hillside where I could see and hear.
There was a young teacher with red hair and brown glasses
and a blue dress and an Easter corsage
that she’d probably got from the Principal.
She was telling the kids about the Easter Bunny,
how he’d come and hid all these gifts in the bushes
and in the woods around the school.
She was wonderful (it must have been her first year).
She kept going on about
“the Easter Bunny this and the Easter Bunny that,”
never letting on with so much as a grin
that she and the custodian and the school Principal
had probably been out there at 6:30 that morning
hiding all those goodies.
But the kids were fooled.
All they could think of was finding those gifts–
delightful, silly, foolish children.
And then I began to think about me
and all of the time I’d spent running around
looking for gifts.
Yet I was never satisfied.
I could easily have spent the rest of my life
just opening all the surprises the world was so full of:
Extravagant sunsets and generous wind,
and gullible animals who somehow were willing to be your friend,
and wonderful hands full of fingers that moved
just when you thought they ought to,
and blood and muscles,
and skin that would heal itself and make some more of itself
when you hurt yourself,
and steam engines,
and vocal cords,
and oil paint,
why were we never satisfied with so many gifts,
for God’s sake?
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