I wrote a story!

[Scroll down – they stuck me at the kiddie table – er, the very end – this year.]

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is, to have a thankless child.”

— King Lear

Perhaps Shakespeare should have rendered that bit about the serpent as “How common as a horse’s hoof” or some such. Children, in my experience, are not naturally grateful. They regard whatever blessings they receive as the normal course of events. You have to train them to say “Thank you,” and even then, there is a sad tendency to forget the blessing even as the words hang in the air, to move on to What’s Next. You have to threaten them with unspeakable horrors to get them to write thank-you notes. And no power on earth can make them grateful for food they don’t like, no matter how many starving Africans you may be tempted to invoke…

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