Thursday, August 28, 2008

Boy Are So Squirmy!

Mr. Appleton is raging mad at me today. Jay's friends haven't come back to help in the orchard, and we're falling way behind schedule. I'm picking as fast as I can but I have trouble with the low-hanging fruit because I have to bend way down and try to reach in without getting my face cut up by branches.

"I don't know what you said to those boys, but you'll have to make things right," said Mr. Appleton, and that was that. I got the three boys' names and addresses from Jay, and luckily I didn't have to go through the downtown area to get to any of them.

Here's how it went...

I walked up to a house with a normal-sized front door, which came up to about the middle of my thigh. I gave the door a "shave-and-a-haircut" knock, almost but not quite hard enough to splinter the wood. When the door opened, a woman poked her head out and looked up at me, open-mouthed.

I smiled. "Hello, Mrs. Maldonado. I'm Melly, Jay Appleton's foster sister."

Mrs. Maldonado nodded slightly and continued to stare.

"Is your son, Andy, home? He's late for his job in the orchard."

Another nod, and the woman disappeared back into the house. I could hear shuffling, thumping, and yelling for a few minutes before Mrs. Maldonado pushed a terrified boy outside. I recognized him as one of the three I'd chased out of my shed.

"Thanks a lot," I told Andy's mother, as politely as I could. After two more houses, my arms were loaded down with squirming boys. I never knew boys were so squirmy but I'm used to wrestling Old Carl the bull to the watering hole and back every week so they didn't give me any trouble. In addition to Andy Maldonado were Kevin Gulchnick and Toshi Mitsuyama.

I dumped the boys at Mr. Appleton's feet and said, "There! Are you happy now?"

He wasn't, but at least he didn't yell at me anymore for the rest of the day.


  1. Melly... Oh man that's funny. When Mr. Appleton said, "make things right", I don't think he meant to force the boys back to work.

    I don't know if you know this, but when someone says, "make things right" they usually mean you need to apologize or do something else to get someone to forgive you.

    I think he wanted you to convince the boys to come back to work, not forcibly carry them.

  2. School's starting for me too, Melly, and I'm working furiously to start on a big research project that is my graduation requirement. So although I'll try to stay updated on how you're doing, you probably won't see any comments from me. Don't worry! We'll both make it.

  3. Melly,
    You must be really busy with school and your new job. I hope everything is going as good as can be expected. Hope to hear form you soon!

  4. pieguy: she grounded i bet


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