When I was young my mother painted the ceiling with every color there was. She made the falling stucco and sealant into clouds and rainbows and horses; horses of blue and purple and green. One time I left my room and stared all night at the stars, they were so much more vivid. You couldn't deny their presence, they were like little beings coming straight toward you. Didn't need to look up, you could stare straight forward out of the window and it's like they were looking at you too. But cautious, they never came close enough for me to grab them and trap them in my hand like a rolli-polly. There were fireflies that loved to gather like tiny self supporting oil lamps by the tree next to our house. They would swim around me because they knew they were far too clever for me. There were toadstools that I would kick out of principal and river rocks that were never smooth enough for the current hadn't the will. Caves where the ivy would circle for no reason but to give me the best hiding place of all time. We ate snow that one time, when it had snowed for the one time it would in 7 years. There was a single stoplight in a square of one tiny block where I would get dizzy riding my bike. Then the Crawfords would let me ride their horse. That's where I got stung by a bee for the first time and I fell on the red dirt road and cried and cried. One time a tornado almost swallowed me whole while my trailer baby-sitter wasn't looking. I remember asking with all sincerity for the third time how to spell cat. Lolly-pops adorned the daycare where I watched trolls singing Kokomo. These are all the good things I can remember, so I cherish them.