Inspired by Professor Ann Inoshita’s teaching in her “Autobiographical Writing” class, I wrote this autobiographical short story. I’ve tried to describe the tangled relationship between innocence and cruelty. As one’s hurtful private memories are reminded by the most beautifully indifferent scenery, one’s innocent deeds oftentimes affect others in a most hurtful way; I made my pet sick, and this caused my dad to euthanize it. It made my dad cry. My memory with Dango is the cocktail of my most innocently fun childhood and the most painful time deeply hued with guilt. In retrospect, it is perhaps the last memory of my childhood because, since then on, I became an adult standing on the other side of innocence, staring at it with constantly doubting eyes.
Jeon, Young Hee
Horizons: Vol. 5
, Article 17.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/horizons/vol5/iss1/17