Today is also my wife's birthday and I sent flowers to her office. I'm usually not a big flower guy but they make her happy and when she's happy, my life is way better. We are heading out to a cabin by Sisters, Oregon for the weekend and it'll be snowy and awesome. I'm just hoping for some WiFi somewhere so I can update this thing while I'm gone. Peace and quiet will be nice too. Also, watching my daughter play in the snow will be good. My biggest hope though is that we are home in time for me to watch the Seahawks win the Super Bowl. I think they'll win 38-17 but I'm a big fan and just possibly a little biased.
A Dark Brown Dog by Stephen Crane
This is a pretty small short story, a little over 2,000 words, and it tells the story of a boy and the dog he finds and takes home to be his best friend. His family life is not ideal and he has to deal with an abusive father who only kept the dog around because it annoyed the rest of the family. The boy (who is never named by the author) and the dog (same) become incredibly close until one day the father comes home in a terrible mood, hits the dog a couple times, picks up the dog, twirls him around his head a couple times, and then throws the dog out the window and down five stories before landing on a shed roof and rolling onto the street, dead. Yes, you read that right. Nice dad there.
Story: 1 of 10
See the above description.
Teachability: 2 of 10
I'm giving this story a two instead of a one because I can honestly see the possibility of an excellent prank with this story. I imagine telling a class, "I found a delightful story about a boy and his dog and the dog enters into this boy's life and changes it for the better. His father even starts liking the boy because of the dog." Then I could see reading the story out loud and getting to the end where the father twirls the dog around twice and throws it out the window and seeing the faces of the students looking like, "What the Hell just happened???" I'm not saying I'd be that mean; I could just see it happening. It is Stephen Crane who is a legit author so there must be some sort of literary merit in this horrible story. Somewhere. Maybe.