Inside the mind of a ten year-old boy

Thunderbirds and puppetry in general were one of my chief obsessions when I was a young lad. That and magic. I was mad keen on magic, and eventually learned enough to do shows and make a bit of money at it. I did not have much of a gang, but I was the leader; the other gang members were one other boy and my younger sister, who usually got experimented on or became a test pilot for our home-made fairground rides. We liked making fairgrounds - either models of rides or actual rides. One was a tin bath that was supposed to slide down a ladder. Not very successful and potentially lethal. Another thing we did was shops. Having accumulated a lot of toys and stuff, and being conscious that some of these things were not much use anymore, we sold them, every Saturday, on a "stall" at the front of our house. One day, I decided to sell my electric train set on the stall. A man came along, expressed interest in the steam engine and asked "how much?" I think I said "ten shillings". (It was a work of art, a Gresley Pacific in green livery with a tender.) He told me he only had five shillings and said he could pay that and come back later with the five. As a ten year-old boy, I accepted this. He was an adult and in those days children were pretty much in thrall to adults. Of course, this man never returned. He had cheated a ten year-old boy out of five shillings.

Strangely, I trusted the buyer of my electric railway engine. I was in business, but I was in business as a child. In fact I was merely emulating what I had seen. That is all. Any perceived skill on my part, as a salesman, was a clumsy copy of what I had seen in the market.

Ten year-old boys generally go through the motions.; they pretend, they practice, they aspire, but rarely do they act with full knowledge or motive. To a ten year-old average lad, life is very simple and very transient.

Which is why I feel so sad that two young boys have been convicted in court of the attempted rape of a young girl. I feel as if we have gone back to hanging apes for being spies.

4 comments:

strange case said...

Yes it was a weird case. How could a ten year old manage to give his lawyer instructions ? Or follow the court proceedings ?
And the poor 8 yr old victim changed her story depending on which adult was talking to her. The defence or prosecution lawyer.

Jim Baxter said...

I once fondled the naked buttocks of a nine year old boy. I was just curious. He did the same to me.

Can curiosity be accepted as a defence? No? I'm a sex criminal? How about if I point out the facts the we absolutely did not kiss because that was 'poofy' as kids like us said in those days, or that I was nine years old myself at the time? Still no good?

camilyn said...

Hi,

You have a really nice weblog. Most of the people don't fully grasp what mind power can do to one's success Commence directing the awesome power of your respective mind and subconscious mind to create the life you desire with our Mind Power training method. Get the No cost Mp3, E-Course and CD currently and start directing the power within your mind and subconscious mind to create the living you would like - in 7-simple measures.

Mano said...

Hi,

You have a really good weblog. To come to be a prosperous person the fundamental issue is to have positive thinking. Appreciate Sky Rocketing Achievements with Turbo charged Positive Affirmations... Grow Positive Thinking So You can Eradicate Anxiety Out of your Life, Raise Your Self-Confidence and Program Your self For Lifetime Achievement!