This child's mother is trying to explain that life is difficult. This creates the tone as very confusing because the boy thought that life was simple.
This isn't exactly how my life has went. It was more ragged lookin'.
Why not? Shouldn't life be easy?
Now she is explaining that this is close, but not quite. The author's word choice is not correct grammar which makes it seem more dramatic.
This is closer, but it still ain't right. It was more dangerous lookin'
The Mother is now explaining that her life was and still is filled with challenges and dangers and sometimes is is dark. This creates image in the son's mind of an old looking staircase and everything is dark.
Wow I can imagine how it looks.
This is what it was lookin' like and it still do. There were splinters, tacks, boards torn up and no carpet. It was also
Life is a structure with boards torn up, tacks in the the stairs, darkness, and more dangers.
The Mother has now fully explained the dangers and challenges that life holds. The son does not want to experience it because it sounds scary, but there will be a time when it starts.
I don't want my life to be like that, it sounds scary.
The mother has now sent the message to her son that life cannot be perfect and it has a lot of pros and cons with it.
As you can see now, you should not assume that someone's life was simple just by how they act. You never know what they really went through.
I'll think of that next time so I'm prepared. Thank you!