Posts Tagged ‘children’

Friends in need

December 2, 2011

PHILIP
“What do you remember about being a kid?”

TONY
“I was a fun kid, you know. I had friends and I had a good lot of them. Things were different then.”

PHILIP
“You’ve still got lots of friends …”

TONY
“Well maybe I have lots of friends now but its different when you’re a kid, you know. You can just have fun. Nowerdays when your a grownup, people need your help, and mostly I can’t give them what they want but at least I can smile and tell them ‘hello’ or ‘have a nice day’ or something. That perks people up, most of them anyways.”

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Scrooged

November 18, 2011

This exchange is from sometime before Christmas, though I don’t know which year. The Arthur Rachman painting above reminds me of one of the most unbelievable of Tony’s many unbelievable experiences:

PHILIP
“Is there anything you don’t especially like about Christmas?”

TONY
“Well there’s one thing, when rich people should be helping poor people more like the good Lord told us. There’s something wrong with being a Scrooge, especially when you’re talking about single mothers and their kids. You gotta help if you can, if you know what I mean.”

The way of perfection

October 31, 2011

Over the last five years, Tony and I spoke many times about Halloween; three instances found their way into the blog.  He once told me that Halloween was the perfect holiday for kids because “they aren’t forced to go to church for that one”.

Give them something to talk about

January 31, 2011

PHILIP
“Cold enough for you?”

TONY
“I’d tell you something but we can’t have those kinds of words on our blog or the kids won’t be able to read it.”

Wet wet wet

December 26, 2009

PHILIP
“So how are you liking the rain?”

TONY
“Are you kidding?  You gotta be sorry for the kids. I can tell you, when I was a kid, we always had snow for Christmas. Of course, we didn’t have global warming back then, if you know what I mean.”

Dancing off the streets

March 23, 2009

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TONY
“This week’s been just dead on Ronces. You could’ve fired a missile down both sidewalks this morning, and you wouldn’t have hit anyone. That’s what happens on spring break — happens every year, regular as clockwork.”

Change management

July 31, 2008

PHILIP
“What’s this new critter here?”

TONY
“It’s my new musical mouse, since I decided to replace Elmo. The kids were getting bored because they were getting too used to Elmo and it was time for a change anyway if you ask me.

PHILIP
“But Elmo’s still here; he’s just facing the other way now.

TONY
“Elmo’s my back-up plan, in case some kid doesn’t like my mouse.”

PHILIP
“Right.”

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