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The friend in the hat

The sun did not shine at all that day. It was way too wet to play. So, we sat in this boring house. All that cold, cold, cold wet day. I sat there with Jared. We sat there, us two. And I said, how I wished we had something to do! Too wet to go out at all. And way too cold to play ball. So, we sadly sat in the house. We boringly did nothing at all. So, all we could do was sadly sit! Sadly sit! Sadly sit! And we did not not like it, not one itsty bitty bit. And then something went bumpty bump! How that bumpty bump made us jump! Our eyes darted over! We saw him step on the mat! We glared! And we watched him! The friend in the black hat! And he said to us, why must you sit there like that? I know it is way too wet. And the sun is not sunny at all. But we can have lots of the greatest fun that its funny! I know some good games we could play, said the friend in the black hat. I know some new tricky tricks, said the friend in the black hat. A lot of great tricks. Here I will show them to you. Your mother will definitely mind if you do. Then Jared and I did not know what to say. But our fish, said absolutely not! Make that black hatted friend go away! Tell that friend in the black hat you do not want to play. He should not be here at all. He should not be about at all. He should not be here at all when your mother is out! Now, let’s see! Have no fear my dear! Have no fear my dear, said the friend in the black hat. Why, we can have lots of great fun if you wish. With a game I call upity-upity-upity with the fish! Put me down, way down, said the fish. Those drugs are no fun at all! I must go down, said the fish. I do not like it at all. Have no fear said the friend in the black hat. It is ok to fall. I will hold you up high here is another ball. They will give you the book if they find out. And here is a drugie cocktail. But that is not all I can do, said the friend in the black hat. Look at me, wow! Look at me now, said the friend in the black hat. On the top of my black hat, I can hold up a dish full of drugs. A little toy parachute. A cocktail, some pills in a cup. I can hop up and down on the ball to make it easier to snort. But that is not all, I can do. Oh no whoa! That is not at all.. Look at me now! Look at me now! It is great fun to have fun, but you have to know how. I can hold up the cup full of pills, the dish full of drugs, the cocktail, and the toy parachute. Don’t worry it will not fail. As I hop up and down on the ball of drugs. But that is not at all, oh no… That is not at all.. That is what the black hatted friend said.. then he fell on his head almost dead. He came down with a bumpty bump from up there on the drug ball. And Jared and I we saw all the things fall. Our fish came down in a pot. He said, I do not like this. This is not a game this will bring shame. And it seems quite lame. It wasn’t a given, but we overcame. Now look, what did you do? Said the fish to the black hatted friend. Now look at this messy house. Look at this you caused. Look at that you caused. You sank our life. You shook up our things. You should not be here at all. When our mother is out. Now get out of this house. Said the fish from the pot. But I like it here a lot. Said the friend in the black hat. I will not go home that easy, I do not wish to go! And so, said the friend in the black hat, so, so, so… I must show you another great game that I know! As he ran out as fast as a sly fox, the black hatted friend came back with a box. This big red box was shut with a hook. Now look at this tricky trick, said the black hatted friend. Just take a look! As he jumped up on top his hat had turned from black to white. I call this game detox-in-a-box, said the friend in the white hat. In this box are two great things. I will show to you. You will like these two great things, said the white hatted friend with a bow. I will pick up the hook and you will see something you have never seen before. I call them self-check one and self-check two. These checks do not hurt at all. They want to make life better. Then out of the box they came as slow as can be. Come shake hands with these checks. They said, will help you! And Jared and I did not know what to do? So, we shook hands, as they said, slow and steady wins the rat race. As our fish was hesitant. Have no fear little fish, said the white hatted friend. These checks will bring great goodness. As he gave the fish a little pat. They are oh so tame! They will bring you to the hall-of-fame. They have come to play. They will bring you so much great fun. On this wet day. Now here is a game that they like to play one day at a time. They love to take you to the club. And have plenty of meetings. They hand out phone numbers for the saddest of times. They will help you build the strongest foundations. If your mother could see this, she would be the proudest of all. It’s all in who you associate with. Then he packed up the detox-in-a-box. And came back with the craziest contraption. And trapped up all those drugs. Far away to never never land.

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