Tag Archives: boyhood

I Was a Boy Martyr!

During my fourth grade year, my buddy Rory and I became obsessed with constructing tiny villages out of twigs under schoolyard trees. One particular miniature hamlet garnered rave reviews from multiple cute girls (mission accomplished!). In fact, our little village, … Continue reading

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I Was an 11 Year Old Reprobate

An Embarrassingly True Story It was my first New Year’s Eve party. Sort of. It would be at least two more years before I was old enough to attend a Real Party. The moment we stepped into Aunt Fran’s suburban shoebox … Continue reading

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My Scar Stories

I Can’t Help Myself As a result of my regular self-disfigurements, Mom and Dad began keeping a closer watch on me. But then I was set free by the most reckless device known to boy: A Bike! We lived in … Continue reading

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My Scar Stories

“If Adventure has a Name…” Impulsive actions make great movie scenes. But in real life they can get you killed. Or worse: in trouble with Mom and Dad. I mentioned previously that I was clumsy. I’ve come to the conclusion … Continue reading

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My Scar Stories

Animals Just Love Me to Death I love animals. And as a result, I suppose, as with humans, few animals are indifferent to me. Most think I’m swell. But some, like humans, want to kill me. The latter are the source … Continue reading

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Running Away

I’d threatened many times to join the circus or go live on a raft on the Mississippi like Tom and Huck. But that wasn’t the case this time. It was some since-forgotten atrocity—homework? weekend chores? (I still hate vacuuming)—that led … Continue reading

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