Title: Finally Getting It
Author: Cecilia T.
My brother wouldn’t let me into his treehouse, ‘cause it was no-girls-allowed. Him and Jimmy and Cheeser and Suzon-not-Susan were all afraid that I’d be better at doing boy things than they are, I bet.
Girls don’t do boy things not because we can’t, but because we aren’t stupid enough to, and that’s a pretty important distinction but the Super-Secret-Special-Spies or whatever they were calling themselves that day didn’t get it.
And all that was, well I wouldn’t say fine but it was in the grayish muck between okay and lame, and that was good enough to live with.
Until a couple days later when I saw them unrolling the rope ladder down to let Rosie Anderson in. The girl across the street who was obsessed with horses and even had a pony of her own called Ladybug, even though it sure wasn’t anywhere near red-with-black-polka-dots, but Rosie was dumb like that.
She was the kind of girl who wore princess dresses to school, the fancy kind with netting and fur trimming and sparkly shoes to match. Even when it wasn’t Halloween, and if I tried to pull that kind of thing I’d get laughed outta second grade but girls like Rosie got away with a lot more than girls like me did.
I stood under the tree even though I didn’t care, course not, I was just curious. I heard them initiating her into the Super-Stupid-Sorry-Excuse-of-a-Club circle, with the handshake they got from that ancient movie and the chant that made no sense, ‘cause they had their own made-up language that sounded a whole lot like Pig Latin.