Yesterday, after reading them David Sedaris’ “Think Differenter,” I had my students write fictional monologues about whatever they wanted–and from whatever perspective they wanted. This one was by an 11-year-old boy, who was eating sunflower seeds.
“Sunflower seeds are great. But there are a few pros and cons about them. One time I had one stuck in my throat. I was talking to my girlfriend I didn’t like. But she liked me. I coughed, then it went splat on her face. I said, ‘Well, that got it out.’ Then we broke up. That was actually a pro. There’s really only one con to them: if you don’t have something to put them in, you have to use your hand. Another pro about them is you can eat them whole if you don’t feel like going through the trouble of getting the nuts out.”