Just a scared little boy
By Tom Brown
The other day in a mall nearby I lost my way it's like a maze there it was very scary. There are weird tunnels across the walkway from a supermarket in the mall, the tunnels are brightly white lit a completely deserted maze all of it the same. And once was in bush it was dune bushes by the sea the worst is I had a big wad of cash on me. He spared me I was saved by God and nothing else only God.
This first story I remember vividly was in primary school I was about seven.
At rugby practice early primary school some kids were queuing for the bus I asked another boy if the bus goes to Thornwood he said yes and I got on to the bus. I sat right in front and every minute asked the driver if he is going to Thornwood, and yes we have a stop there and right in front of our house turned out. I was very scared didn't have a bus ticket either.
Meanwhile my friends and their mother were worried like crazy eventually gave up were looking for me for hours. I had just disappeared but when they finally got home imagine the relief I was sitting crying on the veranda. Just a scared little boy.
Even so small as barely on my little feet I remember as a toddler I fell from a bakkie (pickup truck). There was a little girl she was a bit older. The bakkie's canopy door at the back kept swinging open she got up a few times I said ok I'll try.
There must have been a traffic light or something it felt as if pushed next thing on the tar road. Incredibly I kept my senses crawled to the side of the road sat crying on the curb. At last the little girl got their attention for them to stop she told my mother and hers and they came looking for me. They said I was in shock I remember sugar water.
Another story as a baby is when I managed to climb from out of my cot the room was dark with the door at a crack.
There were visitors over some friends and family pleasant company with my parents. I saw the warm light and voices, was awake and curious and friendly attracted by the glow I fell bawling on the floor and my mother came running.
But I thought I must have done something wrong I could not understand what it was that happened that day with the bakkie and the canopy door.