“The word is ‘depressing'”
“Oooh, I have a good one!”
Three red cards are laid down.
One young man picks up each card and reads them out loud. “Doing the dishes, Ernest Hemingway, Buying Groceries. Hmmm”
“What is there to think about? The answer is obvious,” says one confident young lady.
After a minute of hemming and hawing, he chooses “Doing the dishes.” The other three kids, even the winner, immediately question is choice.
“Seriously? How could you NOT choose Hemingway?”
“Yeah, he is super depressing.”
“Remember? He shot himself.”
“And his mom dressed him like a girl.”
“And we read that sad story about the abortion.”
“Doing the dishes is nowhere near as depressing as Ernest Hemingway.”
Of course, I’m near by cleaning out my closet (it’s the last full day of school and a total waste of time) and my heart is bursting out of my chest with happiness. These kids REMEMBER HEMINGWAY from September! Hallelujah!
And on top of that, they’re disappointed when their friend isn’t clever enough to see beyond his dislike of doing the dishes to choose Hemingway as the best answer.
It wasn’t much, just a game of Apples to Apples, but it was one of my favorite moments of the whole year.