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We spent all of our summers in a lazy humid town in Wisconsin It was considered large for Wisconsin but was decidedly rural with respects to urban standards The summers that I spent there were so long that I seemingly aged into adulthood with every passing day But it was not just myself experiencing these feelings alone just about everybody in the vicinity had children at or around my age The most important being my neighbors These children specifically were my companions Where we lived was surrounded by farmers and their endless monotonous fields on all but one side On the last side stretched miles and miles of dirty ancient water which was the breeding ground for most of my childhood ailments but all of our childhood vision of fun When we were not flopping around in the water like injured dolphins we were scamming vegetables and entertainment from the farmers meticulously organized fields This was an almost everyday activity for us When we were hungry the farmers had strawberries apples and green beans when we were bored there was feed corn to make corn husk dollies out of and pumpkins that were not quite ripe yet to play dodge ball with With the regularity of these occurrences I am sure that the farmers understood that this may not have been the work of scavenging animals The fact that we only pillaged the areas near the houses may have also implied children It was only a matter of time before the farmers took it upon themselves to come up with better ways than scarecrows to keep us out of their fields It was one night at dusk and we were playing a version of tag that we called ghost in the graveyard under the thick shielding of the cornfield All of us were hiding in the shallow ditches that ran parallel to the rows of corn separating them from one another The one person not
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