Olivia Parker (People’s Choice Winner)
Junior Performance Studies Major, from
Sorry to This Frog
Frogs played no significant role in my life, until I painted the pink planet. I thought the painting looked empty, and realized that a bright green frog would contrast the background nicely. Looking at research images unlocked a memory. I was ten, running out of my grandparents’ garage to grab something from the car. The sun had set, and it was cooling off in Van, TX. I stepped on something that felt like a slimy water balloon but thought. . .maybe it was mud? But mud wouldn’t have pushed back against my foot like that. . . I came back, flicked on the light and discovered I had stepped on a frog. I stared at the frog, willing it to move. It didn’t. I went inside, and told no one. The frog was gone in the morning. It either hopped away, or was dragged off, or my grandad removed the body. It could be in space for all I know. You are invited to leave a frog at this monument to the mysterious, and to make a wish via the QR code or paper. Leave your number on your frog if you’d like it returned. Wishes are anonymous. They are to be kept between you, the frogs, and the stars.