<In honor of our last day of House on Mango Street, my students took a page from Esperanza’s ‘red balloon’ bit and wrote what inanimate object they identified most as and why. Here are some of the best ones.>
“I am like a band-aid, I’ll stick for a little while, but eventually, I’ll fall off and leave you clueless.”
“I am a bottle because I am full of information and secrets that no one can get out because my lips are sealed.”
“I am a tire because I like to roll with my friends.”
“I am a camera because everyone smiles at me, and sometimes, I’m out of focus.”
“I am a potato because I am quiet and potatoes don’t talk.”
…and one of them told me what they wish they were.
“I want to be reincarnated as a chalkboard, because no one uses me anymore, and so I can just be left alone.”