In this village everyone is granted three wishes. The children learn of this when they are very young and are told, “Be careful what you wish for. It is certain to come true.”
Some children squander their wishes very early, wishing for a pony or to be taller or to have blue hair, and usually these folks can be spotted around the village many years later because they are still living with some artifact of the wish they made when they were young. Like the Granger Sisters, who wished to be joined at the hip as eight and nine-year-old girls. They used up all of their other wishes before it could be undone. Now they are old ladies joined at the hip, living with a pet tortoise in a nineteen-story polka dot house on Saint George Street.
There is also Curly Joe, who wished he could tie his arms in a knot to gross out his third grade teacher. Curly Joe still has the bendiest arms in the village.
Most children, however, are taught…
Nicholas Ponticello is a high school mathematics teacher and STEAM coordinator at Flintridge Preparatory School in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Ponticello graduated from University of California, Berkeley with degrees in mathematics and astrophysics, and is currently completing a sustainability certificate through the UCLA Extension program. He is interested in exploring the intersection of science, sustainability, business, and education, and hopes to encourage more systems thinking and sustainability-themed curricula at the secondary school level.
Mr. Ponticello grew up in Northern California and began his career as the operations manager at KOMENAR Publishing in Oakland, CA. He is a longtime runner, and has coached champion cross-country and track & field teams at the high school level. Mr. Ponticello is also the author of Do Not Resuscitate, a fictional biography that considers transhumanism and the intersection of technology and sustainability. He has studied writing under Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Zombie Tales 2061) and Bruce Miller (Eureka, Medium, ER). Do Not Resuscitate received honorable mention at the 2015 Green Book Festival, which spotlights “books that contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment,” and is a semi-finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards for Literary Fiction.
Mr. Ponticello resides in Los Angeles with art historian, Nico Machida, and their five freshwater fish.