Posted 08-17-2003 at 12:52:01
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...stacked on a four wheeler front to back like grimy little chorus girls in sneakers and boots.
"He went back to the woods to see if he could see anything."
"Is he CRAZY? It's hot as...the heat is awful." This from the lead chorus girl and driver, squintin' at me in the bright sunshine with a suspicious lump under his lower lip.
"You have dip in your mouth?"
"Good, 'cause you know I won't let you hang around here if you have dip."
I knew he had dip, he always has it, but short of frisking his mouth there was no way to prove it.
"He could be gone all afternoon." I said, inching the door closed.
"Can we get in your pond?"
"I guess if you don't mind sharing with the pigs."
"Oh I forgot about that." And from the one in the back. "I don't want to go near those pigs, they're mean as....they're mean."
No they're not, but I was tickled that he thought so. That means he'll leave them alone, and what is the deal with the broken sentences anyway, makes me wonder how they talk when I'm not around.
The one in the middle I knew, and he is not a bad kid but if he keeps hanging around the other two, that'll change.
I closed the door and went back in the house to the back bedroom where Jake was playing a video game with Jamie.
"Was that somebody?"
"Oh, can we have some coke?"
"Yep, but don't spill it on my carpet." I rumpled Jamie's hair because he was closest and he laughed his goofy laugh. He may not be perfect as far as kids go, and neither is Jake, but at least they make a half hearted effort to try and I intend to keep it that way.