Boyhood Daze

Ralph gets sent to his room for breaking a window. There, he passes the time in Walter Mitty-type fashion, daydreaming that he’s a parent-saving jungle explorer, an alien-fighting jet ace and a convict. His fantasies include such lines as “My insurance will pay for the window and use whatever is left over to buy yourself a catcher’s mitt” and “You are being pursued by Martians who all got A’s in arithmetic.” He imagines that he’s a great explorer saving his parents from the natives’ stewing pot. Then he imagines himself as a jet fighter battling Martians from outer space before fantasizing his being congratulated by the President of the United States.

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