120. Watermelon Man
© Bruce Goodman 7 February 2014
The house on the corner was famous for its watermelons. Every year, in the watermelon season, Mr Brown would cut watermelons into sections. As local children made their way home from school each day, they would get a big slice of watermelon at his gate. The children called Mr Brown, the Watermelon Man.
One day, Mr Brown sold his property. He left the area. There was no more Watermelon Man. The property was sold to another man. He didn’t like children. He grew watermelons as well, and got tired of children stopping on a hot day and asking if they could have a slice of watermelon.
No! Go away!
The man thought the children might end up stealing his watermelons. He wanted them for himself. He put up a sign at his gate:
During the night, the older children put up a second sign: