If He Wanted It His Way, He Should’ve Went To Burger King

So, Joey, 9 years old, 5’5″ wants to “workout” after school. He wants to “learn to be a man.” I take this to mean he wants to toughen up. He’s tired of bein’ a kid and he hates how he gets upset when “other kids make fun of” his size, his “loud mouth,” and his goofin’ off in class.

“Of course,” he says, “I never make fun of them.” Then adds, “Just kidding. I’m 9 years old. Yeah, I make fun of others kids. It’s what boys do.”

Girls, too. Erica’s mom works at McDonald’s. Joey and I stop there before I drop him off at school. Joey has been eatin’ side salad, ranch dressin’ and water for breakfast. He wants to lose weight. He also wants 2 chocolate chip cookies as a reward for what he calls his “smart choice.”

This mornin’, Erica’s mom buys his cookies and delivers them to our table. She tells Joey, “These are on me provided you promise to be good in school today. All day today.”

Joey accepts the cookies and says, “Yes ma’am. I promise.”

She laughs and says, “Erica says you’re doin’ better. Keep it up.”

After she leaves, Joey sighs, rolls his eyes and asks, “Can I draw a picture of Erica and tape it to the heavy bag then punch it to shreds?”

I tell Joey, “A real man is flattered when a young lady takes the time to tell her mama all about him. A real man would say, ‘Thank you for the compliment.'”

Joey rolls his eyes again, says, “Oh, brother.” And begins drawing his portrait of Erica on the back of a paper McDonald’s place mat.

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About joefingas

I am a songwriter, poet, blues singer, and a boogie woogie piano player. I have a grandson but I have no children of my own. All my women have wised up and left me. I was a bum, a wino, a drug/alcohol counselor, a prevention/intervention specialist and a pretender. I have no more time to pretend.
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4 Responses to If He Wanted It His Way, He Should’ve Went To Burger King

  1. Dealing with relationship issues start at a young age. I think this is good advice to give a young person. I am also a singer, writer, screenwriter and lover of having fun in life. Visit my blog http://www.elavationsun.com to learn more about how I spread happiness through writing.

  2. joefingas says:

    Thanks for your comment. I will visit your blog.

  3. The Mom says:

    I love the way you create a feeling with a simpe conversation. It’s almost like a song. When I read your blog, it feels like home. I LOVE the way you write.

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