World Geography

Potatoes, France

Flash Fiction

by Charles McKelvy

IMG_3360The substitute teacher looked out at the Advanced Placement World Geography class before her, and then she pointed to the map behind her.

“Who can name a city in France?” she said.  “Besides Paris.”

The students busily texted one another, and then the brightest of the lot shot up his hand and said: “Potatoes, France!”

“Excuse me?”

“You know—Potatoes, France.  It’s right there on the map.”

The substitute teacher/would-be-concert-pianist looked at the map of France and saw that there was indeed a Potatoes, France.

Naturally, she wanted to tell the little darlings that potatoes simply referred to the fact that they grew potatoes in that region of France.  She wanted to cheekily inform the wonders of the universe that they just as easily could have answered: Coal, France or Mustard, France, but she needed to keep her day job while she awaited word from the great symphonies of the world.

So she just let the straight-A geniuses return to their urgent texting and selfing and communicating with persons not present while she played a Mozart piano concerto in her head.


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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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2 Responses to World Geography

  1. Clay says:

    Sad – the lack of curiosity or awareness in today’s teens is frightening. I teach 7th grade geography and lack of awareness is expected, but lack of curiosity is not. It drives me bonkers – and it is a short drive!

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