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 Category:  Family Fiction
  Posted: September 24, 2020      Views: 18

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"Art School" by Rosemary Porto

Brooklyn, 1960. My brother and I were always looking for something to do, something to pad our petty allowances. He came up with the idea--Art School. Our artist father had set up his studio in the basement. Four neighborhood kids handed over a buck. My brother dragged the easel over, carried down four kitchen chairs, opened Daddy's paint box and pulled out shiny new tubes of oil paint. He squeezed and swirled colors upon colors to the amazement of our students.
The fumes brought on a storm of sneezes. Mom heard the commotion and ran down to see what we had done. Reluctantly, we gave back the money. Daddy rescued the gnarled paint tubes; his silence treatment hurt worse than a spanking.
Decades later, my brother found Daddy's paint box, on top of dried tubes and discarded brushes, a snapshot of two little kids smiling. Time-stamped 1960.

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I am writing a novel, and taking online classes. A flash fiction prompt from a class led me to this short story.
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