a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm
By September and the opening of school I was deep into sports and became a baseball
complete and without restriction or qualification
We even changed the rules of stoop ball, of which I was the
absolute King of the World, to include bases when more than one kid played.
now and then or here and there
occasionally play actual baseball, but not enough kids had gloves to make a good game.
station where vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
My new school was Public School 43 on 128th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, across from the Transit Authority bus
When it came to be my turn, I was
anxious to show my skills.
(of pitches) made with the arm moving parallel to the ground
I threw the book
sidearm and watched it hit his desk and bounce across the room.
an idiomatic term for being in disfavor
Later in the year it would be Johnny Brown who would be in Mrs. Conway's
doghouse for not doing his homework
a postulated sequence of possible events
I had a need to fill up all the spaces in my life, with activity, with talking, sometimes with purely imagined
scenarios that would dance through my mind, occupying me while some other student was at the blackboard.
blurt out answers to Mrs. Conway's questions even when I was told to keep quiet, or I might roll a marble across my desk if she was on the other side of the room.
become nervous or uneasy
After a while I would
tense up anytime Mrs. Conway called on me.
tell on one's own accord
"I don't think he wrote that poem," Sidney Aronofsky
a public disturbance
incident with Sidney, Mrs. Conway said that she had had quite enough of me and that I would not be allowed to participate in any class activity until I brought my mother to school.
utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
"You are," she
sputtered, "a bad boy. A very bad boy.
marked by extreme anger
furious, and I was embarrassed.
manner of acting or controlling yourself
At the end of the year I got my best report card ever, including a glorious Needs Improvement in
a special anniversary or the celebration of it
It was on the first page of the
Jubilee Issue, and it was called "My Mother."
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
And I'm telling you right now, I won't
tolerate any fighting in my class for any reason.
give evidence of
Mr. Lasher quietly explained to my mother that all the tests I had taken
indicated that I was quite smart, but that I was going to throw it all away because of my behavior.
the act of caring for someone
The first was that he took me out of class one day per week and put me in speech
therapy for the entire day.
express a good opinion of
At the end of the year I was the one student in his class whom he
recommended for placement in a rapid advancement class in junior high school.