strike, usually with the fist
I would have been
having a part of the body crippled or disabled
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
And pretty soon, a janitor opened the front door and all of the other kids
move or cause to move energetically or busily
I shoved the paperwork into my backpack and
hustled down to my homeroom.
upright in position or posture
I was emotionally
a speech disorder involving hesitations and repetitions
And yes, I had that
stutter and lisp, but I also had that singsong reservation accent that made everything I said sound like a bad poem.
an administrative unit of government
YOU MUST ALWAYS PICK FIGHTS WITH THE SONS AND/OR DAUGHTERS OF ANY INDIANS WHO WORK FOR THE
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.
an American Indian woman
But I knew I’d have to put a stop to it eventually or I’d always be known as “Chief” or “Tonto” or “
a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
And I don’t mean “kill” as in “
walk with a lofty proud gait
Roger the Giant and his gang of giants
strutted over to me.
a cruel and brutal fellow
I realized how much of my self-worth, my sense of safety, was based on
close in time; about to occur
I couldn’t sleep that night because I kept thinking about my
I got out of bed at dark-thirty, and
rummaged around the kitchen for anything to eat.
having no care or curiosity in knowing
She was out of my league, and even though I was only twelve, I knew that I’d be one of those guys who always fell in love with the unreachable, ungettable, and
a quantity of no importance
change into stone
In geology class, the teacher, Mr. Dodge, was talking about the
petrified wood forests near George, Washington, on the Columbia River, and how it was pretty amazing that wood could turn into rock.
characterized by clear expressive language
Yeah, I was so
be in opposition to
They couldn’t believe that I was
contradicting a teacher.
marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
We should have all been
delirious that she’d moved out of the basement.
a statement that is necessarily true
“Are you going to bore me with your
tautologies all day or are you going to actually say something?”
not able to read or write
I couldn’t ask Gordy because then he’d know I was an
illiterate Indian idiot.
“Because your eyes
dilated, your breathing rate increased a little bit, and you started to sweat.”
repetition of an act needlessly
withdraw from an organization or polity
One of those towns, called Poison, tried to
secede (that means quit, I looked it up) from the rez.