Whatchoo running for?

While running the other night, I passed by a young boy who was riding a big wheel on the sidewalk. He must have been only four years old or so, and he had a truly puzzled look on his face. He asked me, “whatchoo running for?” He said this in all seriousness. His question took me off-guard, as I was expecting more of a comment or jeer instead of pure curiosity.

I wanted to give him an answer as I passed, so I quickly said “to stay in shape!” He replied, “What???” and I had to look over my shoulder behind me and yell my answer this time, “TO STAY IN SHAPE!”

He looked confused as I kept running. I wonder what he was thinking and if it meant anything to him.

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