I was 10 years old. My dad had just built some stairs outside that led up to his gambling room, so the crooks wouldn't have to come in through the house. At the base of these stairs was a smooth block of concrete that I claimed and called the Mr. Bill Skating Rink, but that's a different story. These stairs were supported by big metal poles that I was fascinated with. I would sit in my pecan tree and imagine what it would be like to slide down one, would I get hurt? I never found out. I had decided that these new stairs, the space underneath and the landing on top, would make the perfect location for a club.
My mom was saving this little book all these years. When I first read this, I was shocked. Was I really that much of a little nerd? My mom says it's more like I was a little nazi, enforcing good behavior. She said in reality, my older sister Dara was the boss, so I was always looking for ways to feel in control. Thus, The Bo Weevil Club.
(in front cover I wrote:)
Blood Type: O Negative
Allergic To: school, boys, doctors
Terri- Vice President
Holi & John- Members
Julie- Vice Boss
(a few pages torn out)
(spitting, throwing, yelling, or hitting.)
YOU MUST USE YOUR PASSWORD TO GET IN
(the password is)
Don't slide down the poles
Let the nurse help you if you get hurt.
If you are a Bo Weevil (Club Member), you must obey the rules or you will be kicked out.
NO BOYS ALLOWED !!
Don't innerrupt when someone's talking. Be interested in what they say.
If you are afraid of dogs, don't run from Nippy is a nice dog and won't bite. She mite smell you alot.
Bo Weevil (secret code)
(wrote a series of characters that look like heiroglyphics, could be the code?)
talk about other people
Jump on trampoline, do exersises & climb & skate
honer the pets
Tips for earning a prize
Please try to bring little things to decorate the club.
When we play games, if you win, you get a prize
Help clean up the club
Don't get on the roof without permission
Games We Play
Duck, Duck Goose
feel in the bag
Around the World
Hide N' Seek
Don't Wet Your Pants
A Bo Weevil's Promise
As a Bo Weevil, I will always do my best. I will share with others. I am a true Bo Weevil.
What Our Flag Looks Like
(drew a picture of a very cute bug with 8 arms, 4 legs, antennas and a smile on a flag with stripes)
Did you hear about the doggie who thought cheerios were donut seeds?
HOW TO GET IN
let the leaders fill you out a form saying name, telephone,
phone number, & age. You must keep your form. We will keep a copy of it.
Everyone in the club must be 8 or older. (exept) for pets & visitors. We have bandaids
& bandages if you get hurt. If you have to use the bathroom go in through the
back door. (go down the steps)
only 2 people on at a time, don't jump off.
Don't tell anyone the password if you are a Bo Weevil.
We will eat little snacks of the following:
Our Club Flower:
symbol of promise, love, kindness
There will be no dues. It is a free
club. If we go to Hodges, you
have to bring your own money. (all we by is candy & coke & chips for the club.)
Every time we have a meeting, Amy calls roll. If you are absent, we will mark it down.
When we have a meeting, if that day is your B.D., you get to draw out of the Surprise bag.
When we have a conversation, we must take turns discussing things.
today we set up the club. No one has come yet, but Michelle is coming over Fri. 15th. She will help me.
We did not use the club yet.
I fixed the club up with tables & chairs.
today I got everything ready for the club. Nurse things, especially. Dara signed up.
written in back of book:
If you want to drop out of the club, you must sign a contract.
Good Deeds we have done:
help the teachers
(created a page containing a graph for Nurse checkups & listed all of my expected club members)
(created a page that was supposed to document all field trips)
(created a page for Roll Call)
date book came with map of United States in back, showing area codes. I circled Dallas, drew a big arrow toward it, and wrote "214, Dallas"
...and that's it.
Needless to say, nobody ever came to my club.