Title The things we learn
Word Count 1119
Disclaimer I did not invent them
The Things We Learn
He looked back sometimes. No law against that-- was there? Some officer types might think that an able sea-man didn't have brains enough to remember the past. Well, they were dead wrong there. Shows how much some people know.
There had been much that was good, about being the youngest of 10. Maybe the food had gone scarce. But there was always a sister to lug him around. There was always a brother to laugh with. Parents – well, you get what you get. Matty had had a father at least. More than many boys could say. And beatings, not too much. No, Matty's father had been more given to terrible jokes. All the others had normal names. Bob, Tom, John, so far so good. His father had had the naming of the boys. He had tried to be good, and hold back. But baby Matty was last and least. His father had lost it. Named him Matthew Matthews. He even gave him a middle name. Em. A joke. See?
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