Posted 08-23-2004 at 16:41:18
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A teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their
One child wrote the following:
We always spend our vacation with Grandma and Grandpa.
They used to live
here in a big, brick house, but Grandpa got retarded
and they moved to
Florida and now they live in a place with a lot of
other retarded people.
They live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to
look like grass.
They ride around on big tricycles and wear name tags
because they don't
know who they are anymore.
They go to a building called a wrecked center, but
they must have got it
fixed because it is all right now. They play games and
do exercises there,
but they don't do them very well.
There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and
down in it with
their hats on. I guess they don't know how to swim.
At their gate there is a dollhouse with a little old
man sitting in it. He
watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they
sneak out. Then they
go cruising in their golf carts.
My grandma used to bake cookies and stuff, but I guess
she forgot how.
Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And they eat
the same thing every
night: Early Birds.
Some of the people can't get past the man in the
dollhouse to go out, so
the ones who get out bring food back to the wrecked
center and call it pot
My Grandma says Grandpa worked all his life to earn
his retardment and
says I should work hard so I can be retarded one day,
When I earn my retardment I want to be the man in the
dollhouse. Then I
will let people out so they can visit their