Family Drive

Image of glowing jack-o-lantern.My son says, “Wouldn’t it be funny if a business called itself ‘The Pumpkin Patch,’ but instead of you picking pumpkins from a field, they patch your carved pumpkins? Like, you bring in your jack-o-lantern and they put the eyes and stuff back in.”

“That would be funny,” Lissa, my wife, says.

I picture it: Would you bring in the cut-out pieces, had to have saved them?

“Rex.”

“I said it was funny.”

“You didn’t,” Lissa says. “You were imagining it instead.”

“That’s way better,” I say. Then, “You know you’re beautiful.”

Lissa closes her eyes, purses her lips. Glows.

Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of four collections of stories, most recently The Amnesiac in the Maze (Braddock Avenue Books, 2023). He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Moon City Press and Moon City Review, as well as Interviews Editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.

Photo Credit: Shawn Campbell

One Response to “Family Drive”

  1. Derius Thompson says:

    I really like the way you wrote this. The way you revealed they were pumpkins could really be overlooked.

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