At my old house in Glen Burnie, where I lived until I turned five, my mom used to go on runs at night.
♪ You see, I've been through the desert on a horse with no name ♪
♪ It felt good to be out of the rain...In the desert...you can remember your name ♪
It happened very rarely, but when it did, I would get sad and scared; sad because I wanted my mom to come home because I missed her, and scared because being at home with my dad while my mom wasn't there was sure misery and doom. It was okay though because my dad played music.
I didn't know it at the time, but this would be one of my most prominent, nostalgic, and meaningful childhood memories that I'd keep with me for the next 16 or so years.
When does mommy get home?
♪ Cuz there ain't no one for to give you no painAaa laaa laaaaa laaa la laa laa la la laa laaa la ♪
About an hour
In that conversation with my dad, with A Horse With No Name playing in the background, I learned a new word: HOUR, I learned to associate the DESERT with CAMELS, which is ironic because the song literally says horse in it, and I learned to associate my dad with being angry, and my mom with being comforting.
There were so many other lasting thoughts that occurred that night, such as thinking of a pinecone when the word hour is said, or thinking about sitting in my old living room, waiting for my mom to return from the eternity of an hour.
Also, that night was coincidentally the last time that I heard that song for another 11 years, trapping those memories within its lyrics...
It was just another normal Bruin Block; two sophomores dipping into whatever class we could so we could hang out. Whatever we were doing at the moment, I don't know, but I always am listening to everyone else in the room in addition to who I'm actually speaking with. Normally I hear nothing important, but on that specific day...
I don't... wh- why are you eating my gummy bears?!
I'm a horse ahaha
With no name...?
Well, your paper... with no name on it? No.
Hey Mrs. Teacherrrrr.... can I do a redo??
Dude, I'm at a new high score for Snake...Hurry come look!