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Old Enough

Surviving Summer; Part I

By ROCK Published 26 days ago Updated about 7 hours ago 3 min read
Top Story - June 2024
Old Enough
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Truth has so many lessons, so many meanings and the lord knows it's a debatable subject when sitting around the supper table. I always make sure I look busy eating; nobody knows what I see in a day. Truth is, I ran straight to the railroad tracks after breakfast this morning, cut through tall, dry, grass where clumps of broken beer bottles and cans swell up on unkempt lots, where people have dumped ole fridge-a-dares, washing machines and just about anything they don't want. I was told never to do such a thing, that is, go to the railroad tracks. By being obedient in other ways, on time for meals, helping carry groceries, running the vacuum cleaner down the long hallway to Paw-Paw's room, well, I earned that big, little, title of "Trust-worthy." Truth is I am trust worthy when it comes down to it; if I hear someone passing hearsay around about Paw-Paw, I correct them or I run home and tell him. So, at the railroad tracks I saw a man drunk at 8.30 in the morning today, a little boy crying with his Mom dragging him behind her with no shoes and some good tires to make swings out of; I have a swing made from wood, but somebody could make a swing if they wanted to. The drunk man looked familiar. I stared at him until he growled; I jumped backwards behind a poison ivy covered oak tree and well, that would draw some attention to me later on, but it shook off that ole smelly hobo for a bit. I am eight and smart but my teacher told Paw-Paw I talk too much; I am fascinated by hobo's. I think about hopping on the back of a real caboose, hanging on like I do at the schoolyard's merry-go-round, screaming my fool head off. I want to see what's out there beyond the sycamore and brow beating summer heat. Paw-Paw loves Jimmy Dean sausage; this afternoon I saw a trailer bed with Jimmy Dean written fancy across it; I almost blew it and told Paw-Paw. That's how much I talk. Learning to be quiet at the supper table is my goal for the summer. Pearl, Paw-Paw's help, sets the table for us and he always tells her to take a plate home for herself. She's pretty with chocolate milk coloured skin that is as smooth as a satin pillow case. When here, she wears her hair pulled back in a small coal bun right at the nape of her neck with a net over it. A little charcoal bun in a net. My hair flies all over the place until the day before school starts up. That's when Pearl takes me into town and has it cut into a pixie with bangs. I don't look forward to that day. For now, summer is endless, miles from here, full of nothing to do day's. Before supper, Pearl always checks me for ticks and hoses me down so I don't track mud in. She is playful with me. I love her; I wonder if Paw-Paw loves her, too. It's lonely sometimes with just me and Paw-Paw; his grand-paw eyes grow heavy after supper and he falls asleep right quick, sprawled out on the gold, plush sofa he snores away and I sneak around the house looking for treasures. I am a tom-cat, meow! I am a spy for "Get Smart" and use radar. Suddenly, I drop down on the floor crawling, I am a hostage escaping through secret tunnels under Paw-Paw's bed; I am a pilot steering my jet over the endless tree tops, beyond the drunken hobo's and rusty, iron train tracks. Whoooa! I can see Pearl shucking corn and singing, I go higher and higher above the midnight street lamps, the moon is full of cheese, smiling by my side; I am soaring until I plop from my parachute into my marshmallow bed where I lay until dawn dreaming.

*Click here for part II of my summer series in Chapters!*

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Comments (30)

  • Ajayi Olalekan5 days ago

    Well articulated

  • Heather Zieffle 11 days ago

    I love this series! Such beautiful imagery! Congrats on Top Story 😊

  • Nidhi Gohil 13 days ago

    Wonderful 🍁

  • Visa Ong22 days ago

    Wonderful post👍

  • Christy Munson23 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story! 🥳 Love this story. PoV is wonderful. Love the characters you create and the discoveries. Feels intimate and hopeful even when what the character describes is less than happy fodder.

  • Sharp Aim23 days ago

    congrats on top story 👏

  • Lamar Wiggins23 days ago

    Very imaginative work, Rock...Congrats on your TS!

  • And congrats on top story!!! 🥳

  • Aw this brought back so many memories of my summers as a kid, all the simple details unfolding in my memory.. what an amazing way to dream and get lost in thoughts! 🥰 Thanks for this!

  • Starts slow but warms the idea in me.. thanks

  • Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Natasha Collazo24 days ago

    Congrats on your Top Story!!

  • shanmuga priya24 days ago

    Congratulations on this stunning achievement...🎉🎉

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Babs Iverson24 days ago

    Loved the YA story!!! Congratulations on Top Story too!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Izzibella Beau24 days ago

    Loved this story

  • Kelley Rouland25 days ago

    Wonderful piece! Thank you for sharing!

  • Hey, hey, hey...looky looky!! Congrats my friend

  • excellent piece

  • Excellent piece!! Lovely characters

  • Real Poetic25 days ago

    Congratulations!!! 🎉🎈

  • Rasma Raisters26 days ago

    I can see why you get Top Story very creative and imaginative.

  • Caroline Craven26 days ago

    This is the kind of story I want someone to read to me. If I close my eyes, I can literally see your words coming to life. I love - Learning to be quiet at the supper table is my goal for the summer. Sounds like me! This was such a fab read.

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    This is a fantastic stream of experiential musing

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Nothing like getting lost in the daydreams of youth and summer vacations, the joy of freedom and when we were young. Ah, nostalgia is kicking in.

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