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Topic: Purple (11/05/09)
TITLE: The Power of Grape Soda
By bill johnson
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My friends call me Captain Purple Power. That’s because of my purple cape. I also have purple pants, a white t-shirt with a purple spot, and blue goggles. Mom says blue is ok because it gives me the power to see purple when others see red. It’s complicated.
I can fly. One time when I was flying I crashed into the coffee table. Sometimes I can count to 5 seconds before I land, because I can count faster than normal people. That’s a power too, but I didn’t even get to 3 that time. Mom was a little mad because she doesn’t like people trying to hang on the ceiling fan anyways. I landed on the corner with most of my face. Mom said I would probably get a bruise around my eye. I told her I should have some grape soda to get my powers back. She thought that was a good idea too.
I did get a black-eye, but I kept drinking that grape soda. After a couple of days, I told mom that it was working because the bruise was turning a little purple. I think she finally started understanding the power of the soda.
One time I was out in the front yard flying in a circle with my turtle, and Janice said, “Jake, everybody knows you can’t really fly”
I said “I can to!”
Then she said “cannot!”
She tricked me. Janice isn’t very nice. I told her that I crossed her name off of the rescue list. I don’t really have a rescue list, but I wrote her name on a piece of paper and crossed it out. I showed her the paper to prove it. She said I spelled her name wrong.
The purple spot on my shirt is from when I cried one time about dad. Mom thinks I just spilled grape soda. My tears are powerful; that’s why the spot won’t come out. I got a lot of tears, so I got a lot of stained shirts.
Flying is harder to do without dad. Sometimes I would lay on my tummy in the swing and he would push me way up in the sky. He would say “What do you see up there Captain Purple?” Sometimes I would see Molly, the neighbor’s dog. She’s old; you don’t need x-ray vision to see that. Every once in awhile he would ask “Do you see anyone who needs to be saved, Captain?” I didn’t like that question very much after awhile.
The only person I wanted to save was dad.
Dad was the one who told me about the power of grape soda. We would always sit up in this maple tree and drink it out of glass bottles when we got all worned out. Then I could fly again. That’s why I like it; it’s our special drink.
One time when we were up here in the tree he told me about his cancer disease. He said he was going to go up to heaven pretty soon. Me and dad cried a lot in the tree that day. I didn’t feel like flying anymore for awhile; I just wanted to sit in the tree with dad.
We talked a lot about heaven after that. He said that he would probably get to fly for reals, and won’t even need a cape. I like to draw pictures of him flying in heaven. One day he said I’ll get to go there too if I keep following Jesus.
I asked dad if he thinks there would be any purple in heaven. He said that heaven is a beautiful place where buildings and stuff are made out of lots of gold and gems. Some gems are purple, like amethyst.
Mom lets me sit here in the tree to think about dad. After dinner I like to sit up here and watch the sunset because sometimes it’s purple. People keep saying that time will make things better; but I think the purple sunset, the amethyst cross from dad, and my bottle of grape soda will do the trick today.
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