Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers

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Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers

Wild Meat
and the Bully Burgers

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In the beginning, Lovey and her best friend,

Jerry, are watching the Shirley Temple movie before they go to church.

They never get to see the end because they have to go and leave. They make
up the endings and cry in the middle of the pastor's sermon. On Lovey's
birthday, Jerry would make her a gift certificate from the toy store for

Lovey is very embarrassed to be speaking
pidgin English. She doesn't tell anyone, not even Jerry, how she is ashamed
of how she talks, looks, or even where she lives. Lovey secretly wants
to be haole, but she knows that she can't. Everyone in her class has a
very hard time speaking proper English, and the teacher yells at them for
not being able too. Lovey has a hard time in math class and gets teased
for being Japanese. It's as if the rest of the students expect her to be
smart just because she is Japanese. Lovey is supposed to write her own
obituary for her English class. It gets her thinking about death, and consequently
she thinks about it all the time. Lovey dreams and fantasizes about being
haole. She thinks up of the perfect house with all the trimmings. She wants
to marry a haole so she can have a haole last name. Lovey makes haole friends
so that she can sleep over their houses and eat their food. Her father
says that she is crazy for wanting to be friends with haoles, and that
she should stop.

Lovey and her family do many things together.

They sit on the back porch picking fleas off of their dogs, squeezes blackheads
off of her mothers back, count all white cows, sing war songs, and pick
macadamia nuts for extra money. A normal Sunday afternoon would be their

Mother smoking Parliaments on the porch of their house, grumbling about
white hairs, and Lovey picking fleas off of their dogs.

Lovey and her sister, Calhoon, goes to
their Aunt Helen's on Saturdays while their mother sews leis or cashiers
at the Lei Stand for extra money. They watch the old crazy ladies stand
behind the fence, muttering to themselves. Lovey wants to become pregnant
just like her neighbor Katy is. She secretly dresses up and acts like she
is pregnant. Her mother tells her that it is hard because there is a lot
of pain that comes with labor. Lovey's mother gives her an at home perm.

It's called a Toni Perm, and it gets messed up bad. Lovey comes out with
an Afro, and Calhoon teases her about it and calls her an Oompah Loompah.

Lovey is given rabbi...

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