Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

~63~


Get back!
Get back I say!
Get back.
How dare you sneak up on me like this?

Get back!
Get back I say!
Get back.
How dare you?
How dare you?
How dare you?
Get back!

'Grandpa? '

And will you stop calling me that!
I do not have children.
OR grandchildren.
And IF I did...
They will show me much more respect,
Than you have.
GRANDPA?
'God, thatnk You for saving me,
From a lifetime spent in prison.'

'You funny as hell,
Gramps.
Got you a little sumthin sumthin.'

How dare you come in here with that?

'Grandpa?
I thought you were cool with it?
You're the one who said you had no problem.
Age aint nuthin but a number.
ESPECIALLY when that store clerk,
Thought you were 59.
And you know I'm teasing you.
Why so serious?
Feeling a little...
OLD? '

No!
Yeah...
NAW!
No!
Yeah...
A little.

'Can't make up your own mind!
I hope like hell that doesn't happen to me! '

And don't be coming in disturbing me,
With that filthy mouth!
But...
But.
But...
Why did it have to creep upon me so soon?
I wasn't paying attention.
I consented to 62!
And that was cool with me.
But 63 is gon' be wild!
I can tell that already!

'You'll be fine.
You should feel blessed.
Look?
So many folks can not say they will be 63!
SIXTY THREE years old.
What a blessing! '

Yeah, right!
So many folks ain't here to say nuthin'.

I guess you're right.
But all those candles on that cake,
Heat the whole room!
Why you do this to me?
Why?

Get back!
Get back I say!
Get back.
How dare you sneak up on me like this?

'Oh...
He's acting now!
Let me say this to you.
Sssshhh...
He's loving the attention!
However...
Before?
Before this surprise,
He was quite serious!
He 'still' thinks he's in...
In his 40's.'

LIES!
Pure BS!
That's all that is.
Don't pay that no mind t'all!
I most certainly do not!

And who is this you talking to?
They don't need to know my business!
And who invited them in here to snoop,
In the first place?
Ya'll don't need to hear this.
Now scoot!

'Scoot?
Where's the scaddle?
LOL
Yeah...you're getting...
Uh...you up there! '

Submitted: Sunday, November 01, 2009
Edited: Thursday, November 05, 2009

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