Seven Digits Essay

747 words - 3 pages

This was a moment of fears amplified, doubt of self and dread of failure. Yet the moment I speak of would lead to the discovery of peace, hope, joy, redemption and definition. First there would be the pain, abuse, personal failures, broken relationship, lies, deception and usury of sex, but in the end…

Ding! It was the sound of the day that meant the most to me… recess! Three hundred children rushed out of the huge white doors of the all-wooden building in need of a paint job and repair. The paint had been peeling off and the floor boards groaned your position with pinpoint precision every time you took a step. We rushed onto the playground, a massive fenced-in open space that, to the eye of a child’s mind, held the beauty of a savannah. In reality there was no grass, except for a few patches that appeared trample-proof; there were no swings, no monkey bars, no fields, not much to talk about at all. There were a few scattered trees, a few of them almond, and under the almond tree is where the game should have happened.

For the first time in my life, at seven years old, I was stood up. All the players, my four friends, rambunctious and mischievous boys all, had moved the daily, 3-hole, marble game without my consent, without my knowledge. I quickly surveyed the vast and dusty field and found them across the playground under another unfamiliar but less shady tree. I approached a bit flustered, angry and confused. My tone was defensive and blunt. Why didn’t you all tell me you were moving the game? The silence was embraced by the stilling of the air which accented the question well, as the inadequate shade allowed the Caribbean sun to blast us with heat from what seemed to be directly over our heads. The silence was broken with words simple and devastating. I don’t remember his name; I think it was Brian, but I do remember the look. It was a look of condescension, a look that...

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