After spring vacation, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following:
We always like to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Arizona. Now they live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to look like grass. They ride around on their bicycles and wear name tags because they don’t know who they are anymore.
Every day they go to a building called a wrecked center, but they must have got it fixed because it seems okay now. They do exercises there, but they don’t do them very well. There is a swimming pool too, but when they get in it, they don’t swim but they all jump up and down with their hats on.
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 though they sneak out and go cruising in their golf carts.
Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night ——early birds. Some of the people can’t get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center and they must feel lucky because the call it pot luck.
My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too. When I get to be retarded, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people out so they can visit their grandchildren.
Paul L. Woodcome, Sr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588