ANNA’S MEMORY BOOK
By Matthew Sanborn Smith
Anna met a nice lady named Jane at the park on Thursday. They sat on the grass and staged an impromptu picnic with the things they found in their bags: Three sticks of gum, half a bottle of fruit punch and a linty peanut. It was a magical afternoon that Anna cherished and she wanted to ensure that she’d remember her new friend forever.
She took Jane home with her and taped Jane into her memory book. Jane took issue with this so Anna re-taped her next to George Hamilton, whom Anna had met at a party in Malibu last year. Jane quieted down after that. Anna turned the pages until she came to her childhood home taped to page two. She went in and said hello to her parents who were securely taped to the kitchen. Then she went to her old room for a nap. Her parents had kept it just as it was when she’d moved out. They really had no choice. They were stuck in the kitchen.