The Untaken Path and the Empty Child
Yesterday, a bunch of us at uni (ah, sorry, I am horrid at mentioning everyone, but Mike and James were part of the group 😛) went to Galaxy World to play arcade games and all that fun shit. I hadn’t been to the place for months, so I didn’t know it had relocated to another much bigger part of the building. The last time I played such games was a long time ago.
They had bumper cars… and I hadn’t been on bumper cars for at least seven years or something. I never had fun because I sucked at controlling the car and I’d be attacked by people from all directions all the time. This time we went in as a group, so it was definitely more fun. There was another kid with us, though. He had stayed for at least four rounds, just playing over and over, spending his money playing bumper cars. Because we didn’t know him we just all ganged up against him and kept bumping him. I guess that was mean, but we were only having fun. But that kid was completely expressionless the whole time, hands on the wheel, eyes focused on the path ahead of him. He didn’t smile, the corners of his mouth stretched his mouth into a thin straight line… o yeah. Empty child, right there.
James even said, “You know, you could smile once in a while,” and the kid’s blank expression remained. I don’t know how that kid could just sit there expressionless the entire time, throughout so many rounds. We just laughed at him because we all had a good time playing bumper cars anyway…
After we bought “groceries” (read: beef jerky, mochi and other shit 😆) at the supermarket, we just sat down in the refurbished part of campus to consume said goodies and chat. That part of campus is amazing right now. There are many places to sit and the walls and furniture are all this warm hue of green. I think it actually makes you relax… or concentrate… I don’t know, but I have the feeling that I’ll be able to work really well in that place.
Today, I bailed on my ex-boyfriend; he invited me to a barbecue. Eh. We’re not close friends but we still talk to each other. I guess he was just inviting me out of politeness and to recruit more people for that Esperanto language I was jabbering on about. Well, when I thought about it I didn’t really want to go. Needless to say, neither did James (heh, not surprising). In the end I decided to just ignore it all and decided we (yours truly, James, Lilian and Mike) go on a picnic in the forest, and if my ex-boyfriend were to call… just say I forgot. Well. He didn’t call at all.
This morning we bought food at the shops. We had wraps with, well, ham/chicken/salmon, and lettuce and other fun stuff including limeade. We argued about shopping and how boring (or weird) it is for males to go shopping at all, had fun using the self-serve checkout when ideally just being served by a cashier could have been quicker but less fun, and played with lightsabers in a toy store. I feel like even the littlest things make me laugh, and I guess that’s a good thing. I couldn’t stop laughing when at the forest James was pretending to be an old man with a hunch and a tree branch for a stick… yeah it got creepy and scared me after he started following me for a while with that grumpy old man look and that tree branch. 😢 We had a big argument about it but fixed that all up. ☺️
We went walking around the trails for a bit, obviously exhausted… and there was a point when we had to drag and push Mike around because he wouldn’t move. Another point when he walked ahead and hid from us until we tried to look for him and he was actually behind us. O_O
I think it’s rather amusing how we annoy each other. We threw grass and bark at each other for quite some time, in between me and Mike being complete shutterbugs (nickname courtesy of Lilian who was extremely observant to our photo-taking) and James powernapping. For fun we just decided to climb a fence, the width of which was enough to stand on. I guess I thought I was so awesome I could walk really fast on it, but I slipped and hit my shin on the top of the fence. Thankfully I didn’t fall and break my neck. Haha. 😛 I have a large bump on my shin where a blue bruise is now forming. Yep, that’s going to hurt for some time.
There were mosquitoes nearly everywhere, but I didn’t get bitten at all. James and Mike probably had a lovely addition to all the bites that they already received last night from dropping me off home at night… I do not like mosquitoes. 😶 It was funny killing them today, and whacking each other to kill as many as we could. Whoops. I forgot my pawpaw cream which is good for bites. Damn.
All in all, a good Saturday (I keep thinking it’s a weekday), and I returned home to do all my homework for next week and you know what’s left? Just one piece. An assignment. I wish I could do this every week actually.
James, Lilian, Mike: To the three of you, you are undeniably awesome. ♥️