When I was an infant until I turned 12 years old I had prickly heat. Those tiny bubbles all your body. I was taken by Amabuelita, my grandmother, to the beach which by the way burned a lot. It was like putting on salt on a cut. I was then covered with corn starch to dry up the prickly heat. I don’t know if it worked because I got it every summer anyway.
One summer Amabuelita did the usual for my prickly heat. A friend of the family named Gilbert who was about my age when the incident happened.
I was sitting in the living room after a bath when Gilbert saw Grandmother put corn starch on my body. He started licking me.
You would think that he would realize that it was not powder sugar. I had already tasted the corn starch and it tasted awful.
Gilbert kept licking my body until all the corn starch was off. Since I was only 3 years old at the time I couldn’t understand why all the adult kept laughing. I didn’t know what was so funny but I laughed too.
Gilbert didn’t like people laughing at him and he got angry. The adults tried to tell him it was fine, that he had done nothing bad.
I always repeated what the adults said. I remember telling him “It alright Gilbert you didn’t do anything rong.” You have remember that at 3 years old I could not repeat exactly what the adults said.
Although the adults didn’t want Gilbert to feel bad they brought up the incident every chance they had and were always laughing at him.
I continued to have prickly heat until about 12 years old. Gilbert had decided that he didn’t want to be friends with me. Every time Gilbert’s mother saw me she laughed. For many years the adults never forgot my body being licked by Gilbert.
I am now old and until my Amabuelita and Gilbert’s mother died, they continued to laugh at Gilbert even though he was already an adult.
I really don’t know if Gilbert is still alive. I have not seen him for a long time. I’m sure he has never wanted to see me again. They never let him forget what happened when we were 3 years old.
I felt bad about what happen to Gilbert but it was not my fault!