I’m going to try something completely different today… Author Susanna Leonard Hill is organizing a “Valentiny Writing Contest.” The challenge? Write a Valentine’s story appropriate for children, maximum 214 words, in which someone is hopeful.
So… here’s a little piece of my writing out for all to see. (GULP!)
The Happy Little Paper
Light shines into the drawer where I live with the other unused paper. A chubby little hand slides inside.
“Pick me! Pick me!” We all cheer.
The hand grabs me and I fly up, up, up out of the drawer. I flutter a corner of my page to wave goodbye to my friends.
I wonder what I will become?
Will I be a grocery list, reminding Dad to bring milk home from the store?
Will I be a paper airplane, feeling the wind on my wings as I fly through the air?
Will I be a beautiful picture, hanging on the fridge for everyone to admire?
Gosh! I hope I won’t be one of those crumpled up papers sitting on the table by the markers!
The hand sets me on a table with markers and crayons laying all around.
This is it! I can’t wait!
The hand picks up a crayon and starts to draw.
Hey! That tickles!
I hear the child singing softly as the hand draws a big shape in my middle and little doodles around my edges. The big shape has bumps on top and a point at the bottom.
Oh! I’m the best surprise of all:
“Happy Valentine’s Day Mom, Dad, and Alex”