Frisbee with a Girl

Summers meant I was stuck at daycare on the days my parents worked, which meant long afternoons of heatstroke in the blazing backyard of the sitter's house with nothing but the occasional tube-Popsicle or hard plastic kiddy pool with more grass in it than water to give us some relief. Each day after lunch we were just stuck out in the backyard like dogs to while away the hours with the clouds and the ants, and that was all there was. In any case, you can imagine why we might start getting on each other's nerves.

There I was, scuffing the grass like a rearing bull, upset with a girl there because she had no intention of going along or playing off the arm of whatever grand make-believe movie I was trying to make with her, and at some point a Frisbee entered the equation. We tossed it back and forth at each other for a minute or so, and she just couldn't throw the thing right--it'd always end up rolling back somewhere toward the bushes and the trees, and I'd always have to go fish it out "because I was closer." I began purposely throwing it wrong just to get back at her for her lame "girl-tosses." 

A bit of a shouting match ensued, and on one of her turns, she winged that thing with a perfect precision there-before unseen--on target too, right between my eyes. Clonk! It hit my face so hard I fell over backwards, and my eye and nose stung for a few minutes. She wasn't trying to be mean, but couldn't help from cracking up, which got me so enraged I stormed off to tell on her. I really played it up too when I got to the sliding glass door--"she hit me on purpose!" 

That sitter did the right thing. She said, "Oh don't be a crybaby. You're not hurt," and I swear the second she said that, the "pain" was gone.  If only she'd been good at it, I thought, then I could say it was on purpose! Getting a girl in trouble always was close to impossible. So that day I learned that when it comes to hitting someone with a Frisbee, it's only okay if it doesn't leave a mark. In fact, when it comes to angry boys, it's 5 points for the arm, 20 points for the head!

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