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Doom foretold by child’s question

May 5, 2012

There was a yard sale at the end of the little street where I live, so I walked on down. Nothing of interest to me but I exchanged pleasantries with my neighbor and headed back up the hill.

Their little boy was playing in the street. As I passed he asked me; “Why are you walking?”

 

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  1. May 6, 2012 at 00:54 | #1

    A few years back when I was still living in the US, I walked to a new shopping area that had been built about a mile away from the downtown, sidewalk rich area where my house sat. As I was coming back with a daypack (backpack) full of groceries and a bag in hand, my neighbor asked me the same question finishing with, “Did your car breakdown?”

  2. May 7, 2012 at 02:51 | #2

    Because I can.

    Help thin out American obesity !

  3. May 8, 2012 at 11:41 | #3

    Didn’t Ray Bradbury write a short story about a man who was arrested because he was taking a walk at night?

    • May 8, 2012 at 11:44 | #4

      Found it! The Pedestrian, 1951

      • decrepadmin
        May 8, 2012 at 11:57 | #5

        Wow! That is a creepy story!
        I found a film adaptation of it on YouTube. It’s in German but after reading the story it’s really worth watching.

        • May 8, 2012 at 13:24 | #6

          Lovely little film. It would be nice if someone added subtitles.

  4. WeeDram
    May 9, 2012 at 19:55 | #7

    Knowing the length of your street (little/short indeed!) this is just amazing. Feel sorry for that kid.

    • May 11, 2012 at 10:01 | #8

      I have never seen anyone in the family walking up the Court or on a bicycle. Always in an SUV, convertible top car, or sometimes a motorcycle. And living on a cul-de-sac, they have to come past my house on the open corner. Sad, but true.

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