A. R. M.
ali at cafe.sdc.uwo.ca
Wed Apr 25 08:57:44 EDT 2001
RETIREMENT IN A TRAILER PARK THRU THE EYES OF A CHILD
After a spring break, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent the
holidays. One child wrote the following:
"We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to
live here in a big brick house, but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to
Now they live in a place with a lot of other retarded people. They live in
a tin box and have rocks painted green to look like grass. They ride around
on big tricycles and wear name tags because they don't know who they are
They go to a building called a wrecked center, but they must have got it
fixed, because it is all right now. They play games and do exercises there,
but they don't do them very well.
There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and down in it with
their hats on. I guess they don't know how to swim. At their gate, there
is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so
nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out. Then they go cruising in their
golf carts. My Grandma used to bake cookies and stuff, but I guess she
forgot how. Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And they eat the same
thing every night, "Early Birds". Some of the people can't get past the man
in the doll house to go out. So the ones who do get out bring food back to
the wrecked center and call it pot luck.
My Grandma says Grandpa's worked all his life to earn his retardment and
says I should work hard so I can be retarded some day too. When I earn my
retardment I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people
out so they can visit their grandchildren."
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