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August 10, 2016
I only have one Wimpy Kid moment. Okay, more like one hundred. But in the interest of time—and of keeping your interest—I want to share the one that REALLY stands out.…
I was ten. I was standing in front of my school with my mom. We had just come back from spring break. Suddenly, a nice man came up to us. He asked me how I had spent my vacation. In truth, I had spent my break indoors, eating Hidden Treasures cereal and watching Saved by the Bell. But I told him I was busy playing softball. Much more glamorous! I even said I was shortstop for my team.
For some reason, the nice man was writing all of this down. Then he took a picture of me and asked my mom to sign a piece of paper. And that was that.
About a week later, the actual shortstop of the softball team marched up to my table at lunch.
“Deborah! You don’t play softball! And I’m the shortstop of our softball team!”
Huh? What on earth was this girl talking about?
That man—that nice smiley little man with his smiles and his nice smiley little face—that man had been a NEWSPAPER REPORTER! He wasn’t after a story, that cruel and sadistic and bloodthirsty reporter with his bloodlust and his lust for children’s blood. HE WAS AFTER ME!
I didn’t know what to say to this girl. And by this point, all the other softball hotties were gathering around me and giggling. I was THISCLOSE to BURSTING into tears! I had to come up with something awesome to say.
“I do too play,” I said. “You just wouldn’t know it because I play for the traveling softball team and you only play for the town team.” Zing!
Unfortunately, this didn’t work, because I guess she played for the traveling team too.
So that was one of my Wimpy Kid moments. Only 99 more to go…
What’s great about the Wimpy Kid series is that it hearkens back to these uncomfortable, all-too-familiar moments. Moments like the one I describe above. Moments like this:
In some cases these moments are so embarrassing you kind of just want to burst into tears!
The good news? Those moments become memories. Funny ones. And once they do, all you want to do is burst out laughing.
Wimpy Kid text and illustrations copyright © 2013 Wimpy Kid, Inc. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID®, WIMPY KID™, and the Greg Heffley design™ are trademarks of Wimpy Kid, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bio about Author: Deborah works on the promotions team as the merchandising manager for the 1st Graders, 2nd Graders, and 3rd Graders Reading Club catalogs. She’s a huge fan of the Wimpy Kid series. Her favorite character has to be Greg (duh). And of course Uncle Gary.
October 9, 2013