At night I like to eat pretzels out of a little green bowl. I keep the bowl in a cabinet above the stove along with other bowls, plates, and coffee mugs. The bowl has a small chip on the bottom. I don’t really notice the chip anymore, except for when I’m taking the bowl out of the dishwasher, where the bowl rests upside down on the top rack. Then I remember it. I usually run the little green bowl through the dishwasher every other night or so. It depends. If I need the bowl and the dishwasher isn’t full enough to run, I’ll take the bowl out and wash it by hand. I make sure to wash it clean.
Anthony Varallo’s fourth story collection, Everyone Was There, will be published by Queen’s Ferry Press in 2016. He is the author of three previous collections: This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Think of Me and I’ll Know (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books). Currently he is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.