so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant
T-shirts, a couple of sweaters, a couple of jackets and a couple of coats, plus
gigantic snow pants that hung on your shoulders by suspenders, plus socks and big, black, shiny rubber boots that closed with five metal buckles.
in a sparse or scanty way
We wore so many clothes that when we pulled our final coat on we could
barely bend our arms.
mock or make fun of playfully
I know it’s kind of stupid to think that someone who’s
teasing you by going around in circles is going to help you out but I said anyway, “How?”
move in a path described by a body revolving around another
I bet we looked like the solar system, with me being the sun and Byron being the
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
Byron looked around to make sure no one was listening, then said, “Have you ever
noticed early in the morning some of the time you wake up and hear garbage trucks?”
press with a crushing noise
Ever since Larry got these new leather gloves he was giving Super Maytag Washes because he could
grind a whole lot more snow in your face for a whole lot longer since his hands weren’t getting as cold.
establish the validity of something
But you couldn’t
prove it, and besides, my old gloves were brown and Larry’s new ones were black.
causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation
Rufus knew this was some real
embarrassing stuff so he sat down beside me, looked the other way and acted like he didn’t see me crying.
represent fictitiously, as in a play, or act like
pretending he was making a movie called Nazi Parachutes Attack America and Get Shot Down over the Flint River by Captain Byron Watson and His Flamethrower of Death.
“Such a brave soldier
deserves our respect,” he said, “so we give him a burial at sea.”
distinctive manner of oral expression
We all could tell Momma was super-mad ’cause she started talking in that real Southem-style
the upper side of the thighs of a seated person
Momma finally set all the burning equipment down and sat on the coffee table and pulled Joey into her
a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
“I can’t believe it. You really gonna start serving welfare food in this house? You really gonna make me go embarrass myself by signing a welfare list for some groceries like a blanged
strong feelings of dislike
But to try to get Byron back into his good mood, I acted real
disgusted and said, “Awww, man."
willing to give and share unstintingly
Then I noticed a crumpled-up Swedish Cremes bag on the ground next to the tree and I could figure out why he was being so
state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
By jumped up and said, “That’s a
mourning dove, they’re the coolest birds in the world, don’t nothing shake them up!”
leniency and compassion shown toward offenders
“Well,” Momma said, “that’s it, you are now at your daddy’s
prohibit especially by law or social pressure
“Please make this a short visit, ma’am, the priest will be here any minute to give the prisoner his last meal and his last cigarette. Oops! I forgot, no cigarettes for you, Five Forty-one, you’ve been
banned from ever looking at matches, remember?”
admit to a wrongdoing
confess his guilt.”
act well or properly
“Byron, why won’t you
be contingent upon
“Hmmm, well, I guess that
depends on your point of view.”
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
He must have really felt like he didn’t have anything to lose, ’cause Momma and Dad just didn’t
refuse to recognize or acknowledge
“And, Mrs. Watson,” Dad said, “you can’t possibly
deny this is your child."
kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment
Joey laughed because she was relieved Byron hadn’t been
executed, Momma and Dad laughed at Byron’s ears, but none of them laughed as hard as me.
a large amount of wealth or prosperity
Me and Joey crowded up next to them on the couch and heard Grandma Sands yell, “This is costing y’all a
fortune, Daniel, let me talk to my baby again.”