were in my care today
it was real hot outside
so we walked up to the ice cream store
dragging long sticks along the ground
jumping down the sidewalk
when i got a little lost
“maybe you’re taking the LONG shortcut”
yes, that’s it exactly
last thing i remember their dad saying
before he left was
“make sure they don’t get messy. we’re heading to a party as soon as i get home.”
well it kind of went bad in that department real fast
we took the short shortcut home
tossed acorns pinecones pebbles
onto the street
washed hands face arms legs shoes clothes phone and glasses
so much sweaty sticky fun.
see any detour as an opportunity to experience new things.
– h. jackson brown, jr.