Tom Ryan


Tom Ryan is twelve years old and in the sixth grade at St Louis School. Tom has lived in the area has lived in the area all his life and talks about being a small kid in today’s society.

I live in Clayborne Ave. It connects to Richmond Highway. It is a good area because there is not that many bad kids. Most of the kids have left the area already. Everybody grows up and then they don’t need the area. They can go to different places. The kids around here are pretty good.

Question: Where do you play the most?
Groveton Park. It has a baseball field, a very large field where you can fly your kites. I like to fly kites because of the way you try to keep the kites up there. They start falling and you have to make sure they don’t get in the trees. I like playing baseball. I also play on the swings and stuff.

Question: Do you play anywhere else?
I like going down by the Amlong house that is about 100 years old. It is the one right across Harrison Lane. Once you get out of the woods on the other side of Harrison Lane you're in the Amlong Woods. Me and my sister were going through there, and we found a spring that was open. On it, it said, “If anybody opens this spring up they will be prosecuted,” and it had Amlong’s writing on it.

I like when we are going to build a fort. We have to go tromping through the woods, trying to find wood and stuff to make our forts.

Question: Do you enjoy playing games with your friends?
Yes, I think it's fun because it is a lot better than sitting around and doing nothing.

Question: What do you do when you are not playing with your friends?
I clean my room and watch T.V.

Question: Do you watch a lot of T.V.?
No, because my Mom and Dad won't let me.

Question: Have you joined any sports at all?
I joined baseball for the Saint Louis School Cardinals. I was supposed to be on the higher league the second year. They said that the people who are just going to the higher league could go back down to the lower league. I ended up going into the Cardinals again for the second year. We ended up coming in second place

Question: What school do you go to?
Saint Louis School. I'm in the sixth grade.

Question: What is your teacher's name?
Mrs. Milburn. I like her because she is very talkative. I go in there in the morning at 7:30 and we always carry on a conversation from 7:30 to 8:00 almost.

Question: What is your favorite subject?
Math, because I just like adding and subtracting numbers and all that kind of stuff. My worst subject is gym, because we're supposed to have it every week on Fridays. It's supposed to be our last subject, but the band plays in the cafeteria where we usually play for gym and they take up the cafeteria. It is usually raining outside so we end up having health in the classroom. Nobody in our class likes health because all you do is sit around and the teacher asks us all these gross things.

Question: What is your favorite place to eat?
Wendy's.

Question: What do you like about Wendy's
Their Hamburgers and their Frosty's. I love their Frosty1’s

Question: Do you have any expensive restaurants you like?
Probably my favorite would be Emersons. It is South on Richmond Highway, past Hybla Valley down by Mount Vernon. The reason I liked it was because they had salad and everything like that. You could go up for salad and you would sit back down. The service was perfect and the food was very good.

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