Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bad, bad child

Believe it or not, I was a bad child. Of evil proportions.

In kindergarten, I stabbed a girl with a blunt pencil. Her arm bled, and she cried hysterically. Arianne Taborete was asking me for help because she didn't know how to draw a face. I said, "Let me finish mine first; I'll get back to you." But she was so insistent. She was tugging my right arm, effectively distorting the image I was sketching on paper. I got really mad I gripped the no. 2 Mongol pencil and embedded it straight to her brachioradialis.  She has never bothered me since.

During summer vacations, my cousins and I would play at my Lola's house. The garden was wide, lavished with swings, see-saws, and the slide. Many times Kring and I would spend the afternoons there. One day, out of a childish whim, I decided to have the slide all to myself. Instead of climbing up through the ladder (which was how it should be done, really), I decided to climb through the slopey part of the slide itself—that part where the actual sliding was done. I don't know why I did that, but it sure did feel more satisfying.

Along came Kring who was just behind me, climbing in the same way that I was doing it. I told her sternly, "Get off the slide," just as I was about to each the peak. She didn't back off. So I kicked her, until she fell off, tumbling down to my grandmother's newly-mowed bermuda grass. Her eyes were all white. She was cold and clammy. And something medical had to be done to her. Hours later, when Kring was a whole lot better, Mama Titin (my aunt and Kring's mother, but that's how we used to call her) asked what happened.

With a stern look, I said, "It's all Kring's fault," concocting this web of lies that sounded like it was the truth. I was so convincing I even convinced my cousin Kring, who simply said, "Yes, Lance's right."

These things—and many more—I recalled as I answered Katrina Magallanes' how-well-do-you-know-me quiz in Facebook. I'm not a big fan of Facebook precisely because of these quizzes (I mean, do I really have to know how many Zombies you've killed?), but this was Katrina. I've known her since we were eight. So I answered it.

And among the questions there was:


Let me tell you that the answer isn't A.

This started a rather interesting thread of comments from old friends.

John Mark Sunga wrote, "Talaga? Pinutol mo buhok ni Lance n'ung Grade 2? Hahaha."

Vanessa Gumban wrote, "KAT! I thought you stabbed Lance's hand with a pencil? Or was that someone else?" Well, that someone else is me.

To these Katrina replied, "Oo, I cut Lance's hair during Grade 2 kasi he was teasing me kay Romeo Nataya [one of our classmates.] I can never forget that kasi pinatawag ako ni Teacher Celie, and I also cried n'ung pinagalitan niya ako."

Believe it or not, I was a bad child. And all it took was Katrina's pair scissors to mellow me down. It's one thing to tease someone. It's another to actually cut someone's strand of hair. I felt really bad and defeated, but Kat knew her way. Well, on hindsight, it makes me feel better that she did have her share of crying, too.



Anonymous maimai garcia said...

hahah! good read.
keep on writing lance.
i love reminiscing too, it makes me really learn and relearn my lessons in life.

maimai garcia

Fri Oct 23, 03:50:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous kat magallanes said...

oi! anong chismis 'to ha! you finally admitted that you were a bad kid. hahaha! :D

Tue Nov 03, 03:43:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Fairy Mermaid said...

waaahhh Bon-bon! So what I did when we were on second year (?), kicking your chair is a karma to your evil deeds? hahaha..

I miss you Lance! *evil laugh*

Tue Nov 03, 05:10:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

Maimai, thanks for dropping by! We are reminded by our own experiences when we consciously look back at them again.

Fri Nov 06, 08:57:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

Kat, I was a bad kid alright. We both were. Haha.

Fri Nov 06, 08:58:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

Maych, I don't believe in karma, but that kicking incident—you mean, mean woman!—deserves an entry of its own.

Fri Nov 06, 09:02:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Fairy Mermaid said...

will be looking forward for your recollection of that event Bon-bon..bwahaha! Oh well, evil loves company. hehehe

Fri Nov 20, 12:52:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

Funny, Maych. Haha.

Fri Nov 20, 10:12:00 PM GMT+8  

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