Friday, September 25, 2009

Childhood Crisis


Don’t be so shocked, I actually DO work
(when forced)
So anyway, I was at work in center city Philadelphia.
I was in a training learning how to be a case manager.
( I won’t even put a snarky little sentence
in here about how I have been a case manager
for 9 years, but you can just IMAGINE
how fantastic that training was, right….?)
Anyway, I am in this training,
and my phone starts ringing.
Once. Twice. FOURTEEN times.
momma 003 It was a call from our neighborhood friend with a cell phone.
There was no way to answer.
Now, if Kaish and Naji had been home that day,
I would have answered it right away,
but I knew they were at my Mom’s.
When we finally got a break,
I called Jonathon to find out why he had called 14 times.
Jonathon said he had to talk to Kaish right away.
It was an emergency.
momma 004 I told him we probably wouldn’t be home until 7:00 that night.
I could tell he was not thrilled about this information!
He said, “As soon as he gets in the car have him call me.”
Well, you know I was curious about this EMERGENCY!
Sped into my parents driveway,
Handed Kaish the phone and told him to call Jonathon
IMMEDIATELY!
patrick 1
He called.
You know how boys talk on the phone, right?
All I heard was, “Yes. OK. We will be right home.”
The minute he hangs up I am all over him for details
of the EMERGENCY!
It turns out,
a new neighbor has moved in.
And he is 9.
And he is going into 4th grade just like Kaish and Jonathon.
I can totally see how that merited 14 calls!
Oh, the joys of childhood!
Who did you play with when you were little?
There were no little girls in our neighborhood.
I played with my sister, Betsy.

35 comments:

kel said...

I played with my best friend, who is still my best friend now!!

mellisarock said...

I played with my sister's and my BFF!! I love that last shot!!

mommablogsalot said...

lmao - too funny - I moved a TON growing up, so who I played with changed constantly depending on where we were. Thank god I loved to read.

Trudy said...

I love it...that is just adorable. I hope they all get along just famously!

I had several neighborhood friends growing up. I was closest to one, who had 3 brothers and clearly needed a good female friend! I had one older brother and that was it, so we got along just great and are still friends 36 years later!

Marilyn said...

I sent my time on my bike or in the tree house across the street. That is a cute emergency. Oh, the things that are so HUGE as a child. Cute story.

Martha in PA said...

Great photos! Tara would be so happy if a 12 yo girl moved into an apartment close to us! All we see are BOYS! I played with Denise, Louise & Kelly. Different groups at different times... we would run into that issue when three of us played together there was always drama... I don't think boys do that.

Have a good weekend! Carnival in North Wales this weekend!

The Animator's Wife said...

There is no better childhood experience than playing with the neighborhood kids. You can choose your house but you can't choose your neighbors-- what a blessing to have a best friends happen to move in!

That's who I played with-- a family across the street with 3 girls, all the same ages as the 3 girls in my family. Such fun!

Emmy said...

I played with a girl that lived two doors down. She was my best friend through Junior high, then she moved to the other side of town and we both went on our own ways.
And I love those freckles!
Thanks for coming by my blog

Dot O said...

Great story! What an adorable little boy Jonathan is. I find it so cool that they were excited about this new addition to the neighborhood.

When I was very young, I was stuck with playing with the kids on my block. I was Catholic but they were all "publics" and went to a different school. They weren't always very nice to me.. I was very small and had freckles - enough ammunition for them to tease me unmercifully.

I met my best friends in second grade and we are best friends to this very day!!!

Your posts are so inspiring..... Have a great weekend!

septembermom said...

That is an adorable emergency. If only, they all could be that sweet. The pictures are great, as usual!

H.K. said...

Now that is one type of emergency that makes me smile! LOve the pics!

Lolli said...

I would have been getting worried after 14 calls! I'm glad to know it was a good emergency!

Kimmy said...

LOL! Kids! I played with a few girls in the neighborhood when my brother wasn't tormenting me to lay in front of his make-shift ramp to jump over me with his bike. Good times!

April said...

That sounds like something my girls would have done! So cute! For me, I had a group of neighborhood boys that I hung out with and we'd play baseball in the streets or cops and robbers! What fun we had!

foxy said...

Such a cute story... made me grin from ear to ear!

Thanks for stopping by the other day! ;)

Helen said...

That's totally an emergency! They've got to get to him first, because everyone knows, you're friends for life with the first nice person you meet after a move (when you're in 4th grade anyway).

I remember, I used to ride bikes with this little blond boy named Tony. He was great...until it actually struck him that I was a girl :( Then he wouldn't play with me anymore, lol.

Unknown Mami said...

I love those freckles!

Caroline said...

That is really funny - and sweet - and accompanied by awesome photos - esp the last one :D
I grew up on a council estate and we all played out together - sometimes loving, sometimes hating each other! I met one of my best friends at the time on the mobile grocers van. We had just moved in and Mum sent me for milk and spuds. Ally was there too for her Mum. We talked. We were the same age (5) and had the same size shoes (size 10) - we were firm friends from then on in for a good many years ;D

Adrienne in Ohio said...

What a great story! My family moved around a lot, so the first thing my brother and I would do in a new place is scope out which neighbors had kids. It didn't matter to us how old they were, we just played with whoever was willing.

Melissa B. said...

Such a sweet story. And Superior Snaps, as always! My sister and I hung out with our next-door neighbors, Peter and Karen, the most.

Yaya said...

How CUTE! I love their "emergency"!

southerninspiration said...

Aww,what great pics.....and those boys are pretty adorable...

thanks for visiting my blog! I'll look forward to reading more!

Suzanne

Grandma J said...

I had a good friend named Sandy. I also had three sisters!

Erin said...

I got lucky, every single kid in the neighborhood was all within 2 years of each other, I think there were at least 17 of us!

Nessa said...

We played in neighborhood packs.

antoinette marie said...

just can't get past the kid with all the freckles....whatta cutie pie! blessings..

~ shi ~ said...

Wonderful story.....Childrens view is so much better...THEY know how yo enjoy life huh!

Mental P Mama said...

Okay. If that is Jonathon in all that freckled glory, then I am moving there and going into 4th grade. Oh yes I am.

trustandobey said...

Thank you for the sweet comments about my photo. Winning a place was a thrill. Really never expected it with such great pictures out there.
Thanks again!
Lisa

Jennifer Bowen said...

I love your posts! They always put a smile on my face. That last photo is fabulous... love those freckles. Kids and there sense of urgency. It's funny what they call an emergency. LOL BTW, I'm still trying to decide whether or not to go to the I ♥ Faces workshop. I would love to meet some of my wonderful, beautiful blog friends, especially you. =)

tara said...

oh the freckles!!!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

That is hilarious! The freckles are amazing on him!

(And I played with my friends downtown...all the time. They were either at my house or I at theirs. We are still best friends and saw each other today for the first time in quite awhile. It was great!)

Liz said...

I didn't grow up in a neighborhood so there weren't kids around. There were two boys around my age that came every summer to visit their grandparents. They were a lot of fun!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

and a piglet too!

mimi said...

I love your neighborhood...that phone call is priceless.