Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bathroom Monologue: True Stories of John, 3 – He’ll Be an Engineer

Mom had to take Little John to multiple elementary schools. She had to find the right one, because he was very temperamental around new people. This one Elementary School seemed promising, with its wide open playground and a sweet kindergarten teacher.

The four-year gibbered at her about Smurfs and Godzilla for a few minutes before going to explore the toy section. Sitting beneath a brightly lit window he began to play with plastic blocks. They were like Legos, only much larger.

Mom and the kindergarten teacher talked about his sensitivity to loud noises and issues with other children. Despite being described as clingy, Little John didn't bother them. He kept stacking the blocks, building a narrow triangle until it was nearly as tall as he was.

The teacher admired it and said to Mom, "Maybe he'll be an engineer some day."

Little John admired his work. Then he put up his hands like claws, roared and toppled the block structure.

There was a silence between the adults while Little John looked up at them for approval.

Decades later, watching Lilo and Stitch, he would feel like Disney had plagiarized him somehow.

1 comment:

  1. Somehow, I can picture you now, pants around your neck, roaring at the giant Duplo blocks in your bathroom. ;)

    For what it's worth, I'm glad you're not an engineer.


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