Compliment Practice

To make friends, her father told her to practice compliments on the family dog, so she began with its pretty blue eye. The dog blinked its marble-swirled cataract in surprise, gave her a cold lick—just to be nice—and then things went back to the way they were before.

Scott Smith is an arts teacher at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts, where he writes and draws as often as possible. Smith has an ongoing comic in Driftwood Press Magazine and you can find more of his work at www.invasivestudies.com.

You can also see more of his work in 50/50