September 5, 2019•290 words
I just discovered writeup.ai which uses machine learning to suggest writing prompts. I am thinking: why not use this tool to write a story a day? Here's the first.
When I was a little boy, my father made me watch the movie "The Lion King," which I loved, and I was so excited to see what I would do with my life when I grew up. I wanted to be a lion, but I didn't know where to begin. So I would sit down in front of the TV every afternoon after school and wonder if lions liked pink as much as I did.
I would think about what it would be like to go to Africa and to live there but when I asked my dad to take us there, he refused. Too far, too black he said.
That made me sad.
So I kept watching TV, and imagine myself all grown up like the rich and famous people I saw on the screen. What would I be when I grew up? Would I be an engineer like my father?
Not in a million years.
I did not want to be an engineer. I wanted to be a lion. One day I screwed up courage and asked my math teacher if she could teach me how to be a lion. She looked at me intently for about three seconds like she was scanning my soul for innate lion-ness.
And then she said:
I know you want to know what she said, but this is one of those stories where no strange thing goes unexplained. So let's first solve the first mystery: why ask a math teacher and not my football coach or another leonine learning specialist.
That's because she was the high school football coach.