If I wasn't fishing, gigging for frogs* , or swimming, I could be found lazing on a bed of clover by the riverside daydreaming.
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
Not so fast, cricket! I didn't buy your bill of goods then, and I certainly don't believe you now! Try this one on for size.
Satisfying and delicious.
Talk about your childhood wishes.
You can even eat the dishes!
That's more like it, choking to death on stoneware!
My daydreams weren't as grandiose as those of other boys my age. Unlike them, I never imagined myself as a fireman or a police officer. I never saw myself riding on the Cisco Kid's horse, Diablo and catching the outlaws. I never wanted to be Skyler King flying through the clouds in the Songbird high above the river. I didn't wish to slash a "Z" in Sgt. Garcia's trousers.
No, my dreams were more practical and down to earth. I never wanted a pair of rose-colored glasses, especially after I found out that those X-ray glasses in the back covers of my comic books didn't work as advertised. Besides, back then I wasn't interested in seeing through girls' clothes. You see, boys my age knew that those "bumps" on the girls' chests were part of the clothes they wore. If they took off their blouses, why they'd have been as flat-chested as us boys. (Imagine my surprise a few years later when we went skinny-dipping and some girls joined us!)
At my own expense, allow me to share a true anecdotal moment regarding those bumps on the girls:Excuse the digression, but I was writing about my prepubescent daydreams, wasn't I?
I was in the 4th or 5th grade at the time and our teacher had us each draw the name of a classmate for us to play "Secret Santa." I drew the name of Joanna Schoolcraft. (I'll use her real name in the event she was to read this post someday and for her to share in the innocent embarrassment, because she never knew about the following exchange between myself and my mother.)Me: Mom, does perfume cost a lot of money?I never found out why my mother was laughing so hard until a few years later when some girls joined us skinny-dipping. It wasn't long after that day that my voice began to change and I started daydreaming about girls.
Mom: Some do. Why do you ask?
Me: I figured that would make a good Secret Santa gift for Joanna.
Mom: Are you sure she's old enough to wear perfume?
Me: Sure. She wears a bra.(Imagine the look on my mother's face!)Mom: How do you know that?
Me: Well, they stick out!
On the banks of that river, I daydreamt that one day I would struggle to pay my taxes and a mortgage. I envisioned trying to pay high utility bills. I imagined that I would do without so that my daughter could have. I saw myself paying over $4 for a gallon of gasoline.
Then I dreamt that my desire to write would finally manifest itself on the Internet in the form of a Blog.
Okay cricket, maybe your song wasn't so far off base after all. However, there is that adage that goes something like: "Be careful what you wish for. You might get it."
Funny, I was sitting here reading that last line and thought to myself, "Why not?"
... There I am skinny-dipping ... And here come the girls!
* For a true story about frog gigging, check out The River's Edge, a June '06 posting.