It was the summer of 2002, I was four years old at a Bible camp with my parents and siblings. I call this story in my life, “The phone call”. I was that kid who loved to wander around in the fields and woods, using my imagination, imagining different worlds and being a super hero. Sometimes I would run into trouble when wandering around. Like get lost, or get my clothes dirty, talk to strangers, etc. After hanging around the woods, my stomach began to hurt and I was becoming super hungry. The only bad part about this was that I was an extremely picky eater. I almost ate nothing that I wasn’t familiar with. I had to eat the same food ritually. I walked over the kitchen area outside and didn’t like what I saw and of course I spoke out my thoughts out loud without realizing there were two teenagers who were up to something sinister. Two of the boys look at, and of them says, “you hungry?” I put my hand on my stomach, almost pinching it, “Yes, I am. Everything is super yucky. Wish we had McDonald’s. I want a cheeseburger and fries and of course a happy meal. Can’t have food without toys from McDonald’s.” There happened to be a pay phone nearby and they told me to follow them. I went ahead and followed. One of the boy’s dial a number. As soon as he dials the number he hands me the phone and says that it’s McDonald’s and that I should place my order for them to deliver. I grab the phone, and order some food then put the phone down right away. They start laughing nonstop and I keep asking them, “Why are you two laughing? When is my McDonald’s coming?” They run away somewhere and literally within ten minutes or so, a sheriff shows up- I joke you not. He asks everyone if anyone had called the police. I hear this and see someone pulling a small trailer with their ATV, I literally jump into the trailer and hide until the sheriff left the camp site. From that day, I learned to never just believe someone when being handed a phone to talk to.
This was a short story, but I figured I’d share it tonight. Haven’t thought about this event in years. If you enjoyed it, please give me a like. I hope to share more childhood stories in the coming weeks.