Through the Eyes of a Child

Through the Eyes of a Child

From A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Through the Eyes of

a Child

After a holiday break, the teacher asked her small pupils how they spent their holiday. One little boy’s reply went like this:

We always spend Christmas with Granma and Granpa. They used to live up here in a big brick house but Granpa got retarded and they moved to Florida. They live in a park with a lot of other retarded people. They all live in tin huts and ride tricycles that are too big for me.

They all go to a building they call the wrecked hall, but it is fixed now. They all play a game with big checkers and push them around on the floor with sticks. There is a swimming pool but I guess nobody teaches them; they just stand there in the water with their hats on.

My Granma used to bake cookies for me, but nobody cooks there. They all go to restaurants that are fast and have discounts. When you come to the park, there is a dollhouse with a man sitting in it. He watches all day so they can’t get out without him seeing them. I guess everybody forgets who they are because they all wear badges with their names on them.

Granma says that Granpa worked hard all his life to earn his retardment.

I wish they would move back home, but I guess the man in the doll house won’t let them out.

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