Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent

By Rose Kent

Kimchi and calamari. It appears like a unusual nutrients fusion of Korean and Italian food, and it truly is precisely how Joseph Calderaro feels approximately himself. Why would not an followed Korean drummer—comic e-book junkie suppose like a blend platter given: (1) his face within the replicate (2) his proud Italian kin. And now Joseph has to write down an essay approximately his ancestors for social stories. All he understands is that his start kin shipped his diapered butt on a airplane to the us. finish of tale. yet what he writes ends up in a disaster messier than a desk of shattered dishes—and self-discovery that Joseph by no means can have imagined.

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He thinks you impress girls with how many push-ups you do in gym or by wearing hundred-dollar jeans that look a hundred years old. Me? I say a guy can get a girl interested by making her laugh. Five minutes left in the period and my heart was pounding boom-ba-ba-boom like a bass drum. I had to time my every move so that I’d leave just as Kelly did. A Saturday matinee date was at stake. The God of Perfect Timing must like drummers. Kelly and I walked out of class side by side. “Hey, I hear you’re playing an amazon softball team today,” I said, holding the door open for her.

Han didn’t understand. “I’m adopted,” I explained. Mrs. Han stared at me with icy eyes, but didn’t say a word. It was as if she’d taken out a name tag, scribbled “fake Korean” on it, and stuck it to my T-shirt. Then she muttered something quickly in Korean to her son. He picked up the towels and carried them to the back room. A bell jingled as another customer walked in. ” Mrs. Han asked, and I rattled off the number for Shear Impressions. She tore the yellow customer’s copy from the order slip and handed it to me.

Me? I say a guy can get a girl interested by making her laugh. Five minutes left in the period and my heart was pounding boom-ba-ba-boom like a bass drum. I had to time my every move so that I’d leave just as Kelly did. A Saturday matinee date was at stake. The God of Perfect Timing must like drummers. Kelly and I walked out of class side by side. “Hey, I hear you’re playing an amazon softball team today,” I said, holding the door open for her. She nodded. “Paterson won the division title for the past two years.

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