Watermelon and Seeds

I’m taking creative writing lessons with my six year old.

Every day, we watch Ms. Lisa – a teacher who sounds like maybe she’s from Brooklyn. We give a thumbs up when we agree with something. The videos are pre-recorded, but Ms. Lisa says she can see a lot of thumbs up, and we feel a little less alone with our thumbs in the air. Ms. Lisa teaches us about watermelon and seed topics. Watermelon topics, she says, hefting an invisible watermelon in her arms, are big and heavy and hard to carry.

Perfect, I think. I know lots of watermelon topics that would make gut-wrenching essays. Family and love and disappointment and aspirations and life …

Read the rest at Volume One.

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