You Don’t Wanna Be Like Us

As the city gets colder and fall inches toward winter, standing outside to smoke a cigarette becomes a lot less relaxing. Instead of enjoying the nice weather as a break from my office building’s stale air conditioning, now I can’t wait to finish my cigarette and retreat into the warm heat of the lobby.

And when the air gets frigid, a smoker sometimes can’t even tell if the smoke in front of his eyes is an exhaled puff or just his hot breathe.

A little girl walks past the building and sees a row of smokers huddled inside their jackets, breathing puffs of grey smoke into the air. As if in imitation, she purses her lips and forces her own cloud of “smoke” into the air to mingle with ours.

A fellow smoker standing next to me shakes his head and says, “You don’t wanna be like us, honey.” Then he takes another pull from his cigarette.

The little girl looks at us, frowns, then skips away to join the rest of her family at the corner.



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4 responses to “You Don’t Wanna Be Like Us

  1. that is very bad mr you should never smoke dont worry god still loves you : ( 😦 😦 😦 😦 !!!!!!

  2. carman rivers

    dont smoke it is bad .
    it will mess up you life why do you want
    to somke all it dose is wast money
    give you yellow theeth and kill you
    later on in life !

    dahhhhh who wants all that crap to happen to them be smart dont smoke ! (: :p (:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:

  3. spencer b

    I dont feel safe!! perhaps a new surgeon generals warning: cigarette smoking may cause you to freeze to death. or maybe thats not preventable death.
    and to carmen; Johnnys at the bus stop eating candy and drinking sodas. Carmen walks by and says that leads to obesity and tooth decay and will kill you! Johnny replies My grandpa lived to be over 100 years old.Carmen says yea, but did he eat candy and drink sodas all the time? no Johnny replied, he just minded his own #$%!#$% business. just a thought.

  4. wendy r.

    THAT’S RIGHT LITTLE GIRL! YOU DON’T WANT TO BE LIKE THEM!! it’s a really nice story…..=) =) =) =) but weired, 0__O

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