Matt and Mandy

    “Matt and Mandy,” Friend, March 2019

    Matt and Mandy

    Matt and Franco playing video games and making sandwiches

    Illustrations by Matt Sweeney

    How come you’re my friend?


    Well, I can’t run or ride bikes and stuff. And some people have trouble understanding me when I talk.

    Yeah, I had trouble at first. But—I dunno—when I listened, it got easier. I guess I like your funny jokes. And we like a lot of the same stuff.

    Game time’s over. How about a sandwich?

    So how come you’re my friend?

    I guess it started when those guys were picking on me and you stood up for me.

    Then we talked. And I got to know you. And, well, I figure anybody who has a rubber chicken for a pet …

    … needs at least one real friend.

    I’m his pet?! I thought he was mine.