"I'm looking for inspiration, but I don't know where to find it," the student told her teacher.
The teacher thought for a moment, then replied, "After you answer all of these questions, you'll find it. Are you ready?"
"Yes," said the student. "Should I write these down?"
"No, they're very simple, so just listen," said the teacher. "Here we go—important questions used to find inspiration: What color is it?
Does it make a sound?
Is it a dog?
What is its name?
Did the sky rain it down?
How many of them are there?"
"Uh, teacher?" the student said quickly, raising her hand.
"Wait, I'm not done yet," the teacher said. "Is it made of wood?
Does it taste good?
Is it in your tummy?
Does it wiggle?
Do people pray to it?"
"Teacher," the student said, much more slowly and loudly than before.
"I have just a few more," the teacher said, holding up one finger. "Is it wearing socks?
Does it like bedtime stories?
Do you dream about it?
How old is it?
Can you carry it in a bucket?"
The student leaned forward and looked directly into the teacher's eyes. She silently mouthed the words "Bye bye" and waved. She then turned and walked quickly away.
The teacher smiled. "She'll find inspiration," he said. "If it doesn't find her first. Whatever it is."