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Russ Murdock
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The older boys seem to be hammering nails into boards. That looks like fun; I want to do that too. I casually step over a board lying on its side on the ground. "Hi guys. What are you doing? Can I come in too?"

 

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Russ Murdock

"Where's Geoff?" I bet he's off with the older boys again up the street. I start off. Everything is normal today; it's not hot or cold, windy or calm. There is nothing special about today. There is Mrs Lee. "Hi Mrs. Lee." I like Mrs. Lee. She is a nice lady.

She responds, "Hi Russ, where are you going all by yourself?"

"I am going up the street to see what all the older boys are doing."

"OK, have fun."

I can already see them there inside that half built shed in Mr. Roberts' yard. They seem to be hammering nails into boards. That looks like fun; I want to do that too. I casually step over a board lying on its side on the ground. "Hi guys. What are you doing? Can I come in too?"

"No, you can't. This is a club for the big kids. No little kids allowed."

"But, I am a big kid. I am almost 6."

"No, you are not allowed in, and you better watch out too cause we are making traps so no younger kids can come in."

These kids are mean, I am going home. I back away slowly. "That's not fair, I…" Pain. Pain, pain, PAIN. There is a nail in the back of that board I stepped over on the way in, and now it is in my foot. I start to scream as I look down and see the end of a bloody nail that I had just backed into, and a trickle of bright red blood coming down the back of my heel. I start home as fast as my completely wrecked foot will take me. I hope I don't have to get it cut off! Mrs. Lee is running up to me.

"Russ what happened?!" She asks me in a panic. I tell her about how the older kids are mean and what they did to me. I know she is a nurse and she comforts me as she walks me home.

My foot doesn't hurt much anymore; I think I can stop crying now. Besides, I am a big kid, and big kids don't cry.


More Childhood Memories:
Toboggan Rush | My Spot | The Good Ol' Days
Racing the Cars | The Dog I Teased | The Last Days for My Grandpa
First Time Being a Big Sister | Bike Riding | Snow Trek | Stitches on My Eyelid

Thoughts about Music: Music

Uncomfortable Moments:
Santa, Where's My Mommy | My Drowning Experience | Little Green Alien?
My First Kiss | First Kiss

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