Julie Sheehan

Appraisal Theory

My son’s in his Watch This years. “Watch this!” He throwsopen the screen door, races through the kitchen, returns in a pant. “See that?” Although I’m watching,I don’t. “I’m back before the screen door closed.” It proves something: how fast he is, how slowthe screen door, how proportionate the rate of shutdown to round trip, like squaring a circle.I’m never sure what “Watch this!” means to show. The house, bought just before the bubble burst,loses value by the hour, the big hand 

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