The lad, at two-years-old, picked up a peach pit and threw it in a straight line against the broadside of a barn.

The pit erupted as it blasted through the peeling paint and aged wood — leaving behind a hole you could look an eye through.

“That lad can throw,” said the farmhand milking a cow in the barn, after the dusty peach pit remains settled gently on the brim of his cowboy hat.

At fifteen, the lad threw a snowball so hard, he broke the jaw of three kids on the playground as the dripping orb of ice skittered across five frosty cheeks.

The other two only lost teeth.

“Tht ld cn thrw,” one child mumbled through the remains of her fractured mandible.

At 21, and pitching in the pros, the lad spun a baseball so firmly, he shattered the thumbs of five catchers in two leagues and three divisions.

Each time the thumbs were surrendered, the newspaper headlines simply read, “That lad can throw.”

At 98, and in the dimming light of his life, the lad picked a hunk of chewing gum from his mouth and flicked it high into the air; the pink wad tumbled in a perfect arc and landed in the garbage can where it met a pile of leftover spaghetti from lunch, spattering tomato sauce out of the bin and back into the air to indiscreetly spell “l-a-d” on the wall in improvised, foodie, graffiti.

“That lad can throw,” said the old man, as he grimaced and closed his eyes and dreamt of what he always saw when the darkness came to him:  An object given the life of flight as it soared from his fingertips with the blessings of the heavens.

Posted by David Boles

David Boles was born in Nebraska and his MFA is from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an Author, Lyricist, Playwright, Publisher, Editor, Actor, Designer, Director, Poet, Producer, and Boodle Boy for print, radio, television, film, the web and the live stage. With more than 50 books in print, David continues to write 2MM words a year. He has authored over 25K articles and published more. Read the Prairie Voice Archive at | Buy his books at David Boles Books Writing & Publishing | Earn the world with David Boles University | Get a script doctored at Script Professor | Touch American Sign Language mastery at Hardcore ASL.


  1. Interesting story, David. I like a lad with good throwing ability!



    1. Me too, Gordon. Those who can throw and earn a big paycheck are certainly wild anomalies of wonderment.



  2. Outstanding imagery, David. I like the way the kid throws!



    1. Thanks, Anne! The story was a challenge to write across the arc of an entire life.



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