Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pockets and Mr. Thomas Sawyer

“Oh, shucks, I’ll be just as careful. Now lemme try. Say – I’ll give you the core of my apple.”

“Well, here – No, Ben, now don’t. I’m afeard – ”

“I’ll give you all of it!”

Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face, but alacrity in his heart. And while the late steamer Big Missouri worked and sweated in the sun, the retired artist sat on a barrel in the shade close by, dangled his legs, munched his apple, and planned the slaughter of more innocents. There was no lack of material; boys happened along every little while; they came to jeer, but remained to whitewash. By the time Ben was fagged out, Tom had traded the next chance to Billy Fisher for a kite, in good repair; and when he played out, Johnny Miller bought in for a dead rat and a string to swing it with – and so on, and so on, hour after hour. And when the middle of the afternoon came, from being a poor poverty-stricken boy in the morning, Tom was literally rolling in wealth. He had besides the things before mentioned, twelve marbles,part of a jews-harp, a piece of blue bottle-glass to look through, a spool cannon, a key that wouldn’t unlock anything, a fragment of chalk, a glass stopper of a decanter, a tin soldier, a couple of tadpoles, six fire-crackers, a kitten with only one eye, a brass door-knob, a dog-collar – but no dog – the handle of a knife, four pieces of orange-peel, and a dilapidated old window sash.
-Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876.
There's a funny moment at the end of just about every mom or dad's day.  About the time when everyone's (probably) asleep, you sound the retreat head back into your room.   You're about to bail out of the clothes splotched with spit up and ketchup and dried yogurt and pickle juice.

But first you have to empty your pockets.  And that's the funny part.  Majestad and I started comparing notes a few days back as to what we'd unloaded over the last 24 hours or so.  Here are the results:
  1. Sea glass (blue)
  2. Torch from Playmobil siege engine rocket launcher
  3. Dental floss (used)
  4. Plastic jewels (various)
  5. Gingerbread man game piece from Candy Land (blue)
  6. Hunk of quartzite
  7. Mardi Gras necklace (gold)
  8. Baby bottle nipple
  9. Wadded up Band-Aid (used)
  10. Green cherry tomato
We didn't snag a window sash or any orange peel, but I think Tom would be proud.

1 comment:

bebe said...

Sounds like stuff coming out of Skippyjon's pockets!! Yes, what comes out of pockets is very interesting and tells a tale about one's day.