Tag Archives: neighborhood

garage sale.

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loved visiting the grandies
and their friends from the neighborhood
at their very own garage sale for kids.
they made signs
waved to cars
 took turns being the dj in the garage
keeping the music going
and offering specials
(like the ‘wear two things on your head and get one free discount’)
every few minutes.
reminds me of me when i was a kid
though I usually ended up spending my profits
buying my friends’ stuff
and they often did the same with mine.
sometimes I even ended up
with more stuff than I had started with.
 a pretty fun time for all
and some things are timeless.
I remember going with my mom
to a random garage sale as a kid and thinking
what a cool treasure hunt that the whole world was.
only to transition as an adult to think,
‘what a gross place that really is.’
– will ferrell

max.

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the kindhearted and quiet and hardworking kid

who comes and goes

without much of a pattern

asking if i’ll hire him

to shovel my snow and mow my lawn

now has a name – ‘max’

and his legend is growing and spreading

he came once when i wasn’t home

and my neighbor paid him to do my lawn

in return for the help i’d given her in the past

and the next time he was over mowing

max suddenly stopped his mower

because he found a baby squirrel

who had fallen from the nest in the tree

 and was sitting motionless and scared

we tried to pick the squirrel up

but he feebly ran away

into my neighbor’s yard

who then came out to help

and we all took him to my other neighbor’s house

who loves the squirrels

and said that he didn’t look good

 put him in his backyard and see if he would play

then brought him back

and laid him down below my tree

the squirrel soon passed away

and we buried him in the garden

and now, after meeting him

 my other neighbor has given max a job as well

and as more and more

of his generous and hard-working sprit is revealed

his business and his reputation as a decent human being

both continue to grow.

“as much as we need a prosperous economy,

we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.”

-caroline kennedy

homework.

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the following was posted in the lost and found section of my neighborhood website:

‘Help me neighbors! I found young Marcus Wilson’s geometry notebook on the way to work around Revena. Anyone know him or his family? I hope his homework isn’t due today!’

 

“the worst thing a kid can say about homework is that it is too hard.

the worst thing a kid can say about a game is it’s too easy.”

-henry jenkins

 

 

 

 

image credit: calvin and hobbes – bill watterson