Welcome back, Yves. You have set a wonderful task this Sunday– to write a letter to a fictional character as if he/she/it were truly real.

Green Eggs and Ham is one of my earliest book remembories. I grew up with Dr. Seuss and all his wonderous language and word play. My perchance towards made-up words comes from Seuss and my father. A pleasant legacy.

This afternoon, before reading the prompt, I found myself quoting from Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham is one of Seuss’s “Beginner Bookswritten in a very simple vocabulary for beginning readers. The vocabulary of the text consists of just 50 different words[3] and was the result of a bet between Seuss and Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss’s publisher,  that Seuss (after completing The Cat in the Hat using 236 words) could not complete an entire book without exceeding that limit. The 50 words are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.”  Wikipedia.

Green Eggs and Ham: the original piece of flash fiction?

Dear Sam I Am:

I understand dietary restrictions all too well. It is a point upon which I must now dwell.

I cannot eat a peanut in a box. I cannot eat it with a fox.

I cannot eat peanut butter in the house. I cannot eat it with a mouse.

I cannot eat satay here or there. I cannot eat it anywhere.

Alas. Alack. For I would quack.

So Sam I am. I am Sam.

Do try and understand.

It is not always a choice of taste. Do not judge non-eaters with too much haste.

Green eggs and ham might cause a rash. It might cause a headache-smash.

It might create the need for an epipen. What would you, Sam I Am, do then?

So do not see non-eaters as a foe. Consider just how much the woe.

For me the scary world is PB & J. A much-loved concoction out of my way.

Yes, I would eat green eggs and ham. But with toast and just plain jam.

Most sincerely, I remain

Just an allergic Lorraine

And to Pat, who went to bat. Rest easy now, relax awhile. Your prompts always brought me a smile.

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