The NERVOUS STOMACH Series: Ego-Strategy 1 — CHOIR LOFT

Posted: August 18, 2013 in The NERVOUS STOMACH Series

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The NERVOUS STOMACH Series: Ego-Strategy 1 — CHOIR LOFT
Current mood: heroic
Category: heroic Life

I am fourteen years old, sitting in the choir loft at church.  I like the choir loft because it’s kind of private (when the choir’s not singing).  I have my favorite spot: first row, last seat, next to the wall; I like having a wall on my side. 

Some mom and her three-year-old kid end up sitting in the same row, which annoys me; but I’ve still got the wall on my other side for some privacy.  Her kid is cute, he stands on the kneeler, reaching across the low wall (that keeps us all from splattering our guts on the pews below) to point at the lights overhead, the stained glass on the sides, the priest in front.  His mom seems distracted.

I pray quietly like everybody else, but out of the corner of my eye, I see the kid reaching across that low wall.  As my mind considers that maybe I should say something to his neglectful mother, he reaches too far, topples into the air above one hundred and seventyfive unsuspecting Catholics. 

I’m in motion like something on TV; I lock my foot under the kneeler in the same breath that I launch myself toward his body.  His mom might be screaming, but I can’t hear her. I just see him falling and me grabbing for the back of his Pooh sweatshirt.

Afterwards, I am actually on TV.  The cameras, the reporters, the weeping mom, me, my parents — and the kid, who kind of hugs on my leg in all the pictures that show up in our local paper, on the API, on Oprah. 

The reporters keep asking the same dumb questions; how did I do it, how do I spell my name correctly, how does it feel to be a hero.   

For FUN, I put my stuff at
For SERIOUS, I put my stuff at 
I invite you to visit my stuff.



Currently   listening :
  By Jim Brickman
  Release date: 25 September, 2007     

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