|Just the Kid
“You’ll need to keep this a secret.”
“Even from Mom?”
“Yes, even from your mother.”
“You trust me?”
“Of course! Why wouldn’t I trust you?”
“Well, nobody else trusts me.”
“What do you mean nobody trusts you?”
“Mom asks me six times if I have my school work, and then looks in my backpack before I go out the door. Dad asks me to feed the dog, and then feeds the dog before I can even get to the can opener. Alice asks me to hold something and then says, ‘Never mind, you’ll probably drop it,’ nobody trusts me.”
“Why do you think that is?”
“They say I’m just a kid. But I think I can be trusted...”
“Me too. I know you can do this.” Gram said. Alex smiled.
Later when everyone was getting ready to go out, Alex could not find his shoes. Everyone was getting flustered, but the shoes were nowhere.
“You must have had them when you came in,” Dad said, “Think! We’re going to be late.”
“I came in...” Alex said, “Gram was here, and I was talking to her. Maybe she took them?”
“Why would your grandmother take your shoes Alex, don’t be crazy! Think!” his mother said. Alice just stood by watching, and laughing.
Suddenly the doorbell rang. As mom opened it, she gasped. There was their older brother Frank, on surprise leave, home from the army. Behind him, Grandma.
Later, Mom said, “We would have missed you! We were on our way out to a movie!”
“I know, I had Alex hold you up!” Grandma said.
Suddenly everyone looked at Alex. Alex smiled, because at that very moment, Alex realized he’d finally stopped being just the kid.