String shot Caterpie, Pokemon daydreams. Metapod evolves to a stone cold cocoon. I embarked on a trainer a handful of times, but only beat the game once (that I remember). Plastic Purple Game Boy Color formed my hands at a young age.

Follow the string through the labyrinth to witness Perseus kill the Minotaur. I have not played Assassin’s Creed Odyssey since early January and I don’t miss it, though I will definitely start missing it if I start playing again. A longing of the heart. Video game, Playstation attachment.

Going fishing, smell the growth on the still water. Somehow make sense of the fishing pole contraption that seems so complicated to me. Thread the fishing line through the holes and cast off. The boat is rickety freedom. I hear a loon cry out sad. Crickets in the early morning, other birds chirp sweetly.

Cat’s Cradle yarn – Another childhood game I used to have memorized. Used to have an accompanied book that would instruct how to do it and go through the motions. I used to have so much fun. The string was purple-ish, maybe even elastic.

String unwinds from a shirt. The kind you tug toughly to rip off, but it ends up just making a longer string. Frustrating.

I see these memories in my mind’s eye and can remember what it was like to be that small – evaporated anxiety, but hindsight is 20/20 and the grass is always greener on the other side. As Told By Ginger on Nickelodeon. String Thing was a great fruit snack I used to have as a kid. Of course it was all pure sugar and corn syrup. It came in blue and red. Blue Raspberry and Cherry or Strawberry (I forget which), but this snack came in a smallish, flat cardboard tray. And when you opened the packaging, the snack would be wound about the tray like a maze of string. And you would have to peel the fruity “string” off the packaging to eat it. After it was all consumed, there would be a maze on the cardboard tray that you could do with a pen or a pencil. I loved that fruit snack. But every time I bring it up no one quite knows what I’m talking about. Google validates –

Author: Roe

30. she/her. Songwriter & Trek Punk Soul™.

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