Yellow Highlighter

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By Lori Cramer

Whenever adults asked young Winston what he wanted to be when he grew up, he always gave the same answer: a yellow highlighter. Invariably, the adult who’d posed the question would stifle a snicker, pat Winston on his fluffy little head, and suggest that he consider a more conventional option—like, say, a doctor or lawyer or professional baseball player. But Winston would protest that yellow highlighters serve many important functions, brightening dull surroundings and calling attention to things that could otherwise be overlooked. That’s the point at which the adult usually walked away, leaving Winston alone with his dreams.

     
Lori Cramer’s work has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Microfiction Monday Magazine, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Unbroken Journal, and Whale Road Review, among others.

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