The Place That I Love
I open the kitchen door and dash outside into the backyard. The wooden deck is moist and slippery, the pool is covered with a green tarp reflecting the sky and the gnarled apple tree with great detail. As my foot touches the pool’s cover, silvery cracks appear on the surface. At night there was a frost. I reach my hand out and touch a thin layer of ice. As I look more closely, I see the crystallized surface and tiny air bubbles inside. This is the first ice of the season!
Soon, my little brother joins me, and together we plunge into the world of “Matika”, the whimsical transportation systems, the imaginary cities and neighborhoods, and cooking of exotic foods. Of course, there are other games; the ones with “bad guy Fark”, the “good 4-wheelers”, seven magical cats with their leader, and countless others.