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Railroad Ties and Candy Bars

Ever day it seems, I recall a better time and a better place. For whatever reason, I

do not have to be in a good mood or a bad mood. It just comes and goes. This time and

place is one that we have all shared in one form or another on a playground, while riding a

bike, or just hanging out with friends. The time is, of course, childhood, the place

depends on who?s recollection it s. As this is the author?s recollection, the time and place

shall be Oklahoma City, Oklahoma anytime before the age of thirteen.

Nothing, it seemed, was with limits, nothing had ends or beginnings. The word

?death? was just as foreign as the word ?life?. Everyday was pretty much the same as the

day before. My parents would drop me off at school several hours early (they both had 6

to 8 jobs) and I would start my day staring blankly at a television for several hours before

going to recess. Recess is something that will forever baffle me. The best part of the

school day, taken away before you enter high school, then given back as you enter higher

education. Then school started. The so called ?3 R?s? (though I am fairly certain that it is

two ?R?s? and one ?A?) made up the rest of the day. The lunch, then school for one more

hour or so, then recess till your parents came and picked you up. Go home, eat, wash up,

go to bed, repeat. No responsibility whatsoever. It was absolutely lovely.

That particular time, as odd as this may sound to some, was much more beautiful.

At one time one?s peers were too involved in the same sort of activities that everyone else

was doing to develop a genuine, opinionated outlook on life via parental and/or societal

influences. In short, kids are simplistic. Few kids ask with any care to how the parents

will answer, ?What?s in this lollipop??, or ?How do those balloons float??. Most kids

simply enjoy them because they are. As a child I was so in awe of the sun that I did not

heed my parents constant warnings that it would hurt my eyes. I am now paying the

consequences for those actions, but at the time, it simply did not matter. I did not care

what it was made of, why it moved, or why it burned my eyes; it was beautiful.

Amongst my interest in staring at the sun, I have noticed that during that time and

place, the smallest things would keep me occupied. I was never bored. Whether I was

using a magnifying glass to burn the tires on the playground, or play on the Big-Toy, or

try to balance myself while walking across railroad ties, or how a candy bar fixed anything

and everything. This is the most unique part of childhood for me. As I grow older I lost

interest in these things and had to find replacements which, like anything, would be

replaced in time too. I find that when I talk about childhood that the simple things are

what I miss the most. Like the heat of the asphalt on a hot summer?s day, the girls with

?cooties?, the epic soccer matches between ?rival? groups. All of these things were


Oklahoma, somewhere between pre-natal nothing and a teenager. Not much for

some, but a horde of good things for me. Nothing compares to the fun I had. Everything

was gigantic, but conquerable, everything was open and vast. It was not like now, where

things are small and puny. Where you know why those balloons float, where you will

forego eating the lollipop because of the calorie content. Where you can sit around, eating

a candy bar, dreaming of a time when you were sitting, eating a candy bar, and dreaming

about a time when you will be older.


-none- this is an english expository writing essay

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