Saturday, February 10, 2018

It's Valentiny Time Again!

Hey everyone. I bet your wondering why I'm posting on a Saturday instead of my normal Monday. Well, that's because it's time once again for Susanna Leonard Hill's annual Valentiny Contest. The idea is to create a complete story for children based on a theme Susanna picks. In addition, the story has to be 214 words or less.



So without further ado, here is my entry which came in at 197 words.

Emily Grace Waits

Emily Grace seemed part of the mailbox she stood so close to it.
                “Anything for me?” she asked as the mailman came into view.
                He smiled but shook his head negatively.
                Emily Grace shuffled through the assortment of mail anyway. She found a letter, a bill, and an advertisement, but no valentine.
                The next day found Emily draped over the mail box rapping its side with her slender fingers.
                “Anything for me?” She asked as the mailman came into view.
                He smiled but shook his head negatively.
                Emily Grace shuffled through the assortment of mail anyway. She found a magazine, another bill, and a flower catalogue, but no valentine.
                On Valentine’s Day, Emily Grace sat under the mailbox flicking a weed that had dared to grow there.
                Emily Grace sighed. “Anything for me?” she asked as the mailman came into view.
                He smiled and pulled the biggest valentine Emily Grace had ever seen out of his pouch. She ripped it open and looked at the picture of a beautiful owl. Inside the card read:
                 You’ll Owlways Be My Valentine!
                Love, Grandma
                Emily Grace danced all the way back to the house clutching her prize in both hands.       

                

38 comments:

  1. Love the build up in this. Grandma's make the best Valentines! best of luck to you in the contest :)

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  2. Lovely! I was drawn into Emily Grace's hopefulness. Good luck!

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  3. This is sweet! Love those special Grandma valentines. I wish you well with your story.

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  4. Sweet story! I think every reader will identify with Emily Grace. After all, what child doesn't hope for a piece of mail with his or her name on it, especially on Valentine's Day!

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  5. Grandma's are the best. =) Good luck!

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  6. Great story, loved the ending. Good luck.

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  7. Really cute. I can feel Emily's anticipation at the mailbox. I love that she was waiting for her Valentine from Grandma.

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    1. Thanks. I was hoping the hopefulness came through :0)

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  8. Yay for Grandma's love on Valentines.

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  9. Grandmas always come through, don't they? Love your story. Good luck in the contest!

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  10. Now, that's some hope. And it paid off. Sweet story. Best of luck with the contest.

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  11. What a lovely story for children AND grandparents. They are both so special. Good luck!

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  12. Hi Aileen - delightful ... and oh I wish I'd had a postbox to await by ... and a grandma who sent me Valentines ... cheers Hilary

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  13. A valentine from grandma, how sweet! Very cute story. Great job and good luck!

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  14. Nicely written with a good build-up of tension, Aileen! So glad Emily Grace's hopeful mailbox-waiting paid off! Of course Grandma came through :) Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun!

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    1. Thanks Susanna. And thanks for all your contests and encouragement.

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