How many times?
How many times, when you were a child, did you get chased from a field
by an angry farmer in a pick up truck, brandishing a stick and calling
you a 'fucking little bastard?'
How many times when you were a child did you make a rape joke about your neighbours daughter and get beaten bloody for it?*
How many times when you were a child did you get caught stealing a roll
of heavy duty visqueen from a building site, backyard camp
waterproofing for the use of, and get away with it by... swearing at
the man and running away?
How many times when you were a child did you get your friend in trouble by loaning him your copy of the Predator novelisation?
How many times when you were a child did you hit a cricket ball, panic
that it was heading toward a bathroom window on your neighbours house,
gasp in disbelieving relief when it actually went through the *open*
'tiny little window thing above the main window' (technical term) and
then burst out laughing when the neighbour came barrelling out angrily
screaming about the mirror you just broke?
How many times when you were a child did you sit on another boys chest
for longer than could ever be not awkward because you were in a fight
and had overpowered him, were too scared to punch him, but too scared
to let him up because you knew he would punch you?
How many times have you clicked on a
blog link and realised that the person writing had nothing to say so
just cobbled together a random selection of rubbish that were'nt good
enough for posts of their own?
*The fact that I did not understand why I was being punished for that
says a little something about the environment I was raised in. I'm
convinced to this day that the severity of the punishment was down to
my Mother overcompensating fro the fact that she didn't react when I
made the joke, but rather had to be shamed into it by said neighbour.