Thursday, February 10, 2011
All You Need Is Love
"Hey Pepper!" I turned abruptly with a scornful face. A small young boy stood just a few feet ahead of me holding small pebbles in his hand. I rolled my eyes and laughed.
"Jonah," I exclaimed. Whad'ya want?"
"C'mon," He said, rushing me to be by his side. "Why you jus' sittin' there?" The boy wore denim cut off jeans with a scruffy white shirt that contrasted to his dark skin.
I stood up, my toes dripping wet. "I'm-" Before I could finish, my foot stepped on the hem of my dress, causing me to stumble to the ground.
I lie still for a moment, until I realized what had just happened. There I was, my long pale yellow dress which now jaggedly fell just above my knees, with the remains of just a tail dangling at my feet.
"Look what you did!" I squealed. I winced in pain. I had a scraped up knee and a splinter in my finger.
"I didn't do nothin'" Jonah said, shaking his head. He paused. "You okay? Let me help you." He dropped the pebbles that remained in his hand and rushed to my side.
I was bent over observing my wounds-and frowning at the not-so-stylish new look of what used to be my favorite dress. Tears welled up in my eyes. But I wasn't about to let him see me cry.
I pushed him. I pushed him hard. "You ruined it!" I screamed. "You ruin everything!"
Stupid boys I muttered to myself as I stomped off the boardwalk.
Jonah sat on the ground, his hands pressed up against the boards of the dock.
"Pepper!" He shouted back.
I paused, turning to look at him. A crooked smile formed on his face.
"You gonna marry me or not? I been askin' quite some time and I ain't gonna stop."
"You're only six," I huffed, rolling my eyes.
"So's you," He said as he stood up, dusting the dirt from his clothes. He came towards me. "Gimme the sash that tore from your dress."
I kissed his damp forehead and headed for home-the tune All You Need Is Love still humming sweetly in my mind.