Saturday, May 2, 2015

Third-Grade Lesson

"I'll trade my jello for your pudding," Ellen said to Huong. Quanesha giggled. 

Ed and Edna were enjoying Grandparents' Day at Bayview Elementary. Their granddaughter Ellen and her best friends—the three amigas—laughed and gulped their food before skipping out arm in arm.

The sudden silence was awkward as the three sets of grandparents remained at the lunchroom table. Eyes glanced upward and downward as the elderly guests seemed to be inspecting the ceiling and floor. "Nice weather," Edna finally offered.

Mercifully, the bell relieved them.

As they left, Ed and Edna knew the kids have it right.


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This 99-word story is my contribution to the April 29 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge to "write a story that tackles racism."