A little girl sits upon
a concrete porch shaded
by a corrugated fiberglass roof.
The rain drops come in sheets
creating a delightful percussion performance.
The deluge served as a thrumming
white noise to help her concentrate on
her game of Jacks.
Legs spread she carefully spreads out all her metal
fashioned Jacks. Then the girl took out a
very colorful bouncing ball, which was key
to winning the game. The girl liked this game
especially because it can be played by
oneself or with a group of friends.
She was equally content to play
with her sisters or all by herself.
Onesies…bouncing the small round
rubber ball and then grabbing one jack and
catching the jack before it hit the ground a second
time. Easy peesy, lemon squeezy!
Twosies…again the ball begins its ascent
upwards and the girl snatches two jacks
then expertly catches the small ball.
She feels delight as she goes for threesies,
She bounces the ball a little harder
so it will go up further and hang
there before descending. With a
practiced hand she scoops up
three jacks and then catches
the ball. She allows herself a small smile
as she progresses.
all conquered with a
well practiced hand.
A broad smile now
graced her face.
Grabbing sevensies then all eight jacks before the ball
makes contact with the concrete is a
A feeling of pride and euphoria
washes over her as she captures
7 jacks with one go.
Taking a deep breath and studying the
pattern of scattered jacks
devising the best way to
make the snatch.
She drops the ball watching
its ascent then quickly extending her hand
to make the grab. A huge bolt of lightening
lit up the yard and a very loud thunder
boom followed shaking the ground
The ball hit the ground, bounced a couple
more times then rolled off the patio and into
the grass. She jumps up grabs her ball then scoops
the remaining jacks and heads for the house
just as her mom was opening the door to call
her in out of the storm.
“Hey Mom, I made it to eightsies before
the lightening hit!”
“That is great hun. Go find
something to do, I am in the
middle of making supper”
Mom kind of missed the importance of
the girl’s achievement but it was okay. She
had bigger things to think about.
A game, a confidence builder,
a time eater.