Threatened a kid with a piece of glass. Got suspended. Before that, stole my pal’s Star Trek phaser gun thingy. Got grounded. Broke my right knuckle punching one of the Stiller kids in the head. Got a cast on my hand. He started it. Crashed mom’s car into a tree drunk driving at 14. Cannot remember that consequence at all. Made out with a girl on the bus back from Pennsylvania until one of the chaperones came and gave me the business for taking advantage of her. She had scoliosis it turned out, but that didn’t filter into anything, except for that chaperone’s sense of sensibility. Stopped going to public school after getting expelled from one of the “good” schools. Had to go back to public school. Everything ringing in my ears at once. Where are you? Where are you? Why are you there?
by Hank Cherry