16 March 2009

Walk This Way

When I was 4 or 5-years-old, I insisted on having a rope tied around my waist on family walks, so my mom could lead me. It embarrassed my sister (who was a teenager at the time). She thought people would think I was special. My sister and I still take walks, but this is how they go now:

Today on our walk, Tuey complimented me on my red shoes, identified "lellow crocuses and purple crocuses balooming," and coughed into my milkshake while helping himself to a bite.

Today on our walk, my sister kept interrupting my fascinating story about my incredible shopping prowess (shoe waterproofer for $1.06, three tops from D.I. for a combined cost of $7.00, and oats for $0.79/lb), until I had to say, "Hey! Can we focus on me, please?" Later she told me a story about her neighbor's folly, concluding with, "Aren't you glad you aren't other people?" And still later, she tucked the $20 I gave her down the front of her top.

Once on a walk, my sister saw a bald eagle and got so excited that she grabbed me by the arms and shook me. She really likes it when we see coots and cows, too. She yells at them. Usually, just a friendly, "Hey there, cow babies!" or "Fly little cootie guys!"

Who's special now?

Sometimes as I'm leaving my sister's house, I see her neighbors taking a walk. They all wear matching jackets and sometimes they have a tiny dog in a baby frontpack. Really glad I'm not other people on those days.

6 comments:

SCS said...

HEY!!

MBC said...

Hello, dear sister. Always so nice when you stop by and leave a comment.

Eliana said...

My sister used to pretend she was special when walking near me just to embarrass me. She still does it on occasion, doing a whole limp with half the body move. Good times.

MBC said...

That reminds me that when I used to take walks with Amy she would sometimes say, "Wouldn't it be weird if we all walked like this," and then proceed to keep one leg straight, throwing it out and circling it around on every step for several blocks. It made us somewhat conspicuous.

CSIowa said...

And then there's my dad's Jerry Lewis impression. Somehow he thought my mother would find this appealing as they were dating. She didn't. Appalling, yes.

Amy said...

I forgot about my special walk.

I'm so surly these days. I wouldn't even put up with that in a walking companion. I'd just whack 'em.

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