Small Town Bank Account

“Hello, I’d like to deposit this check for $5.75 and then check my balance.”

He’s smiling. Why is he smiling? Is he laughing at me?

I look away uncomfortably.

“Hey,” he says, “I know you. You go to the local university.

Aren’t you super into poetry? I think you tutored me.”

“Yeah, oh yeah. I’m sorry, I didn’t recognize you. How’s it going?”

“Great, I’m just about to finish up my Business degree.

Here, I can look up your account number. Woah!

You do not look thirty!!”

“Yeah. So, I’ve been told.”

“That’s a good thing! So, what are you doing this weekend?”

“Oh, not too much, just about to go to a poetry reading.”

“Wow, that’s it? You don’t do anything for fun? Just all poetry?”

“Yeah, well, you know, that is fun for me. So,

what’s my balance?”

“Negative three fifty.”


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