27 September 2006
Writing Prompt: Firsts
"My name is Kathleen Schapiro, and I am sixteen years old. I think that 16 is the best age to be because it is a perfect square (4x4) and also happens to be the sum of the letters in my first and last names. I live in New York City, in the Bronx. Bronx, New York City also has 16 letters, but the city itself has five boroughs, which I do not like. I share an apartment with my mother, father, older brother Nick, and my cat Nietzsche. He is a mackerel tabby cat, and the spots on his nose are not quite symmetrical. A mackerel is also a type of fish, but I do not think he knows that."
There was a long moment of silence, and then the woman adjusted the tiny glasses on her decidedly un-tiny nose. I noticed a fleck of dust on the left lens, approximately a quarter of an inch from the rim, and wondered how she could stand to wear them.
"It's nice to meet you, Kathleen. Why don't you tell me a little bit abo