Totally Quotable Arlo: “I wish I was a baby again” edition

Today’s addition to the Totally Quotable Arlo file is a bit out of character for our young protagonist. He said it this morning, just a few minutes after waking up. Clementine, who was heading off to her survivalist summer camp, had said something to him, and he kind of curled up under the blanket as he was responding to her. I don’t think she’d said anything mean to him. My best guess is that he asked to cuddle and she told him that she had to leave. I was sitting nearby at the time, putting on my shoes, and, while I didn’t hear their exchange, I heard his response, which was uncharacteristically sentimental. Arlo, for the most part, is a pretty happy kid, and, with the exception of his saying “Nobody loves me” every so often in response to being told to go to bed, I don’t recall him ever bemoaning his lot it life, wishing to be someone other than who he is, etc. And I guess that’s why this quote of his kind of stuck in my head. It’s uncharacteristically sad, but also kind of beautiful… like he’s starting to discover what it means to grow up, and what you give up in the process.


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  1. grandma
    Posted June 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Brought tears to my eyes!!! I wish they could all stay babies, they grow up WAY too fast!!!

  2. Dan Blakeney
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Me too, Arlo. Me too.

  3. Holly
    Posted June 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Damn, I feel you, Arlo.

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