Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I wrote “A Boy’s First Diary”(Snap Screen Press, 2007) in 2004. It is a collection of true incidents from my childhood. I wrote it in non-rhyming quatrains to make it easier for kids to read, but also felt adults would have a good time with it. It is a collection of events that happened in those formative years of 4th and 5th grades related from the viewpoint of an eleven year old. The book has been extremely successful both with parents and boys and girls.

Glenn K. Currie

Campsite Toilets

I don’t like the toilets when we go camping.

They’re like Uncle Edwin’s outhouse, only bigger.

I worry about falling through the seat.

They make the opening too big for kids.

Grown-ups don’t have to worry as much,

They can cover the whole seat easy.

But kids have to balance on the edge,

And some of the holes are pretty deep.

Last night I had to go really bad,

So I took the flashlight and walked to the toilet.

I was sitting on the edge and lost my balance.

I might have been playing with the flashlight.

The flashlight fell down into the hole.

It sank slowly and the light shined up for a while.

It was a pretty horrible death.

In the dark, I knocked our toilet paper in the hole, too.

I used some leaves from a bush.

I hope they weren’t poison ivy.

I stubbed my toe twice walking back.

It was really dark and scary.

In the morning, Dad was looking for the toilet paper.

I told him the flashlight was in the hole.

He was more upset about the toilet paper.

We used Time magazine until Dad went to the store.

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