6. You say child abuse, I say discipline.
Jason moved onto my street in the early summer of 1983. I was ten and he was nine and like most every other kid who encountered him for the first time, I couldn’t stand him.
They used to leave out the family’s phone bill hoping you’d see it and offer up some cash, but they got tired of having you remind them to pay it.
When Simba and Nala have that intimate moment with Sir Elton John softly playing in the back, my young self got very, very confused. Like, should this be sexy? Is this sexy?!
You would THINK that the father of the child I was hired to entertain would treat me with some level of respect, right? I mean, his wife is in the next room and I’ve spent the past hour bonding with his daughter, so it would be ridiculous for Daddio to hit on me.
Stay inside the lines.
My childhood is once again in your hands. Proceed with caution. This means a lot.
You’ll thank her for it when you hear the horror stories of having an only child as a roommate.
Life can be frustrating and confusing and unfair. Sometimes the best way to deal with that is to pick up a controller and face down a frustrating, confusing and unfair virtual world where at least you know that if you work hard, learn what you need to learn and master your environment, you WILL win.
My daughter is reading my favorite book. “I’m on page 112,” she says, “of The Choose Yourself Stories.”