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February is short, but packed full! At school, we've had Groundhog Day, 100th Day, SouperBowl luncheon, Valentine's Day is coming, along with "TWOS-DAY", and more! The writing community is kickin' too -- with folks gearing up for PBParty contest, NFFest going on, and SpringFling is just on the horizon. There is always so much going on and so many fun things to write about and participate in! Today, I'm sharing my entry for the Valentiny contest, compliments of Susanna Hill You can read more about the contest there, but here's the short notes: kid-friendly (12 and under), no more than 214 words, about feeling PROUD, and a clear connection to Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy PROUD THAT YOU ARE MINE!
I Curve my fingers,
And point my thumbs
To make a little heart.
Lift it up and blow a kiss
Proud that you are mine.
I hold up my Pinky,
My pointer, and thumb
To say “I LOVE YOU”
When I can’t say out loud
How proud I am you’re mine.
I squeeze your hands three quick times.
You know it means “I love you.”
It’s our special signal
To tell you with my hands
how proud I am you’re mine.
I sing it out loud and proud,
“I love you a bushel and a peck,
A bushel and a peck
and a hug around the neck.”
I’m so proud you’re mine.
I whisper it in your ear.
As I twirl my fingers in your thick red hair,
And you stroke my cheek with gentle hands,
I’m so proud that you are mine.
Proud that you are mine
On Valentine's Day!
Well, if you've been here before, you KNOW how I feel about contests. I love the challenge, the competition, the fun, the comradery, the growth, and so much more. You also know how I feel about Kailei Pew. She was one of my first writerly Twitter friends, and really was helpful in showing me the ropes when I started my serious writing journey a couple years ago. So when Kailei posted this amazing one-of-a-kind contest where the judges are -- KIDS?! (Imagine that!! Go figure. . .Kids judging a contest where people like me write for kids, like them.) It might seem like a no-brainer, but it took a brain like Kailei's . . .and here we are! The first Kids Choice Kidlit Contest! 200 words. Kid-friendly. PB, MG, or YA. You can read more about her brilliance here: https://www.kaileipewbooks.com/post/the-1st-annual-kids-choice-kidlit-writing-contest-is-open
So, I dug up a manuscript that I thought was a pretty funny idea. I had done some work with it, but had set it aside in frustration. But this. . . this might be just the time, and just the place, for UP YOUR NOSE. We'll see what you think. And most importantly, what the kids think, because this is my entry for the Kids Choice Kidlit Contest.
UP YOUR NOSE!
Ed had a big problem. He couldn’t stop picking his nose!
Boogers! Loogeys! Slime! While drawing, Ed felt something in his nose, but it didn’t feel like regular bogeys. He pressed, pulled, wiggled. . . After 19 tries, “Kaphooey”
. . . out came a crayon! How. . .?! It was covered in slime. He threw it away.
When Ed was picking and flicking, and racing loop de loops, something felt strange--What now? He pressed, pulled, wiggled . . . After 49 tries, he trumpeted. . . out came his toy car!? He couldn’t throw away his favorite car (even if it was covered with snot!) He cleaned it and stuck it in his pocket.
Ed was watching TV, eating gummy worms, and mining for nose nuggets. A tingly sensation. He pressed, pulled, wiggled . . . After 94 tries, he honked! The remote control?!
What happened to my cartoons?
Ed was digging for gold while playing in the sand pile, and something felt odd. He pressed, pulled, wiggled. After 149 tries, he bellowed . . . out came . . . a dump truck?!?
It didn’t come out easy. He felt a bit sick. Ouch! That really hurt!
“I’m not sticking my fingers up there any more. Who knows what you’ll find up your nose?!”
[page covered with odd objects]
I've been a teacher of K-3 students for over 20 years; I'm also a writer of poems, short stories, devotionals and picture books. I'm wife to an amazing husband and mom to Sparkles, Mocha, and Rusty -- our feline fur babies . I love reading, writing, singing and listening to music. I enjoy nature, Bible study and spending time with friends and family!
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