One of my earliest fears was of riding escalators, because kids were always getting caught in one with lose clothing, like scarves or shoelaces. It seemed like a far more common danger to children than frostbite, which was my other biggest childhood fear.
"What, are you going to sit in the back?" I asked.
"No, I have to clear out some room for the box."
The back seat was full of old dolls of all shapes and sizes. "I have to get rid of some of these dumb dolls," I sighed. One with huge eyes I held up to Marci. "Ma ma, ma ma," I said.
This is for science, this is for science.
Inside the organ, were drawers filled with all manner of ancient and mysterious items. The parents who owned it, were clearly kept unaware of the contents. The first thing I dug out was a Russian pocket watch from 1568! It was about twice as big as the pocket watches we all know. There were so many things to look through, until the parents came home.
“Oh I was just about to come over,” she said, innocently. I almost bought it. I think by the time she arrived, the baby was already talking.
"You're from America aren't you?" he asked.
"Hard to tell isn't it?" I joked.
"I'm from Tokyo," he said, smiling. Then shrugging. Then turning away while continuing to smile, and then grimacing. He wouldn't say another word.
"Why did you leave?" I asked. I had to wait and wait. Finally he said, "The politicians are assholes there."
"Sounds like America," I replied.
In the bedroom everyone had single mattresses on the floor. It was freezing. Covers were pulled up to noses. I had to sleep in the bed directly under the window well. That was the worst, most anxiety inducing way I could sleep there.