I’m Going to Be Just Like Jimmy Conway


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“Why You Had to Break In”

You are 16 years old and you and your friends have just been caught breaking into the local gas station. After your parents post your bail, you must explain why you did it, since this is not something you would usually do. What your parents—and others—don’t realize is that you did it for heroic reasons.

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©  copyright  2012  by  Sara Jacobelli

“I’m Going to be Just Like Jimmy Conway”

My boyfriend and his mom and brothers and sisters scrape by on welfare and food stamps. His mom works part time as a dishwasher, and Angelo dropped out of high school and is looking for work. His mom is $100 bucks short on the rent and they’re facing eviction. They have nowhere to go.

When my friends suggested breaking into Fiorito’s gas station and store on East Main Street, I figured why not go along with it and help Angelo and his family out? I don’t need the money. Our rent is paid, and both my parents have half way decent jobs. As for stealing from the Fiorito’s, well I look at it this way. First of all, they charge way too much for their gas and groceries. Second, they have insurance. And third, they have plenty of money. My Poppy says Tony Fiorito is a slum lord. Besides, he’s the landlord who is evicting Angelo and his family. Angelo has one sister who is deaf and one brother in a wheelchair, and his dad is a deadbeat when it comes to paying child support.

So in this case I didn’t think stealing was wrong. I mean, I did it for all the right reasons. And, unfortunately, I got caught. Now I’m in big trouble, but. . . I just have to convince everyone that even though I technically broke the law, I did it for a good reason. We stole $432 dollars. Divided four ways, me and Patty and Donna and Joan get $108 dollars each. So I can give Angelo’s mom $108 dollars, which should help keep them from being evicted. Just when it’s getting cold out, too.

I only have one problem. That is, after I convince Mom and Poppy that yeah, I made some bad choices, but my heart was in the right place. My problem is this: Well, have you ever seen the movie Goodfellas? That gangster movie made back in the 80s? My Poppy just loves that movie, so we have it on DVD and I’ve seen it plenty of times. Remember that guy in it played by Robert De Niro? That guy, Jimmy Conway? Well, there’s this one scene where him and his buddies hijack trucks. And the guy doing the voice over, Henry Hill, he says that when it comes to stealing, Jimmy Conway, “actually enjoys it.”

See, that’s me. That night we broke into Fiorito’s? That’s the first time I ever stole anything, swear to God. But. . . I gotta admit. I really enjoyed it. I never felt so good in my life. I’ve never gotten off on drinking or drugs, but stealing. Man, that’s some kind of high.

famous diner

449 words

Photo Credits:

“Goodfellas,” DBduo Photography, CC NonCommercial ShareAlike.

“Airline Diner,” Global Jet. CC Attribution Only.

“Goodfellas,” movie directed by Martin Scorsese, 1990.


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