of calculations. The sheets contained hundreds of addition and subtraction problems. The homework took me about two hours before I was finished.
My parents were gone and I was free for the day. However, my brain had been melted by math, so I collapsed on my bed exhausted both mentally and physically. Before I knew it, I was asleep again.
The winter of that same year I was nearly four. It was Christmas day and I had just been awakened from my slumber by Helen. As I sleepily walked to the breakfast table I noticed the feast that had been prepared for me.
There was ham, eggs, bacon, pancakes, and plenty of milk from braums all on separate plates on the table. As I sat down for the glorious feast set before me, my parents had looks of anticipation written all over their faces. It seemed as though they wanted to tell me something. I disregarded their abnormal expressions and began to eat voraciously.
I continued to eat even after my parents had finished. They looked nervous for some reason. I finished and they led me to the Christmas tree to open my presents.
They handed me two presents, one was small and one was of medium size. I tore the paper which covered the medium sized present first. Inside was a bowie knife. The blade was six inches long and the hilt was another three. I stood at just over three feet, so a bowie knife like this was a veritable shortsword for me.
Though I was overjoyed with my present, Helen layed down some ground rules for me.
”Now Leon, we know that you have always wanted a weapon, so we got you one. We would never give you a tiny pocket knife because we know that you are responsible and smart. Therefore, ensure that you always use the knife in a smart way. Before you do any whittling, make sure that Max has checked your technique so you don cut yourself. ”
”Helen, Max, thanks so much! ”
I was truly thankful. My heart that had been sealed for so long encountered a light that it never had before, love. I smiled at them and hugged them.
My parents were shocked, I had never hugged them of my own volition before. In response to my abnormal behavior, Max laughed as he spoke.
”We should get you weapons every day so that you will hug us! ”
”Oh, please do! ”
”You know I was joking. ”
I looked at my last present and started to open it. Inside were two pieces of paper, one had a picture on it and the other had some writing. The picture seemed to be of a baby and on the other page words were inscribed thus:
Leon, you have a baby brother now!
I looked at Helen and hugged her again.
”Congratulations, mom and dad, I can wait to meet my brother. How soon will he be delivered? ”
”About eight months. ”
I was happy, but not as happy as receiving my knife.
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