Drabble: The Circle Game – by Robert Dawson

by specklit

“One more round of skipping? Pleeeease, Daddy?”

“Okay, one more.” I’d promised Jane that morning that Amanda would play outdoors like a normal eight-year-old, not stay inside all day reading my university math textbooks.

Padma and Lucas turned the rope while Amanda skipped. The words they chanted made me smile:

“Archimedes studied math,
Left his trousers in the bath.
When the neighbors asked him why,
Told them he’d invented pi.”

Amanda, sola: “Three, point, one, four, one, five, nine, two…”

It’s getting dark. Amanda’s still going.

She’d better be in bed by the time Jane gets home from her meeting.

Author’s Note: Kids these days…


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