Today is a beautiful day! It’s sunny; the leaves on the trees around me are starting to fade into their autumn-colors of orange and red. Woohoooo! There’s a brisk feel to the breeze: something you don’t get in midsummer. It’s so refreshing and invigorating.
It’s crazy!!!!!! The year of 2021 is almost over (finally?). Normally toward the end of the year I find myself writing more and more. I just wanted to post a little writing sample that I wrote a few summers ago around this time of year. I was 13 at the time, so I apologize for the bad punctuation and misuse of correction. I tried to clean it up a little bit, but that’s what makes a little kid’s writing cute, right?!
October 29th, 2017
I walked into the coffee shop and found Jackson sitting by the rose plants. “Dude, where have been for the last couple of years? No one comes here anymore,” I joked.
“Well, I guess I am from another planet,” he heavily sighed, “where best friends don’t text each other and . . .”
“Now wait a minute.” I sat down, cutting him off. “I was in Alaska for a family trip, you know my mom’s rules…”
“Yeah yeah, no phones during family time” he waved his hands around dramatically, and went back to his ice-cream.
“Jackson!” I yelped and grabbed his ice-cream from him, “you can’t have peanuts!” I scolded. There was a whole handful of nuts placed on top of his sundae.
“Lucy, if you were looking at your messages,” Jackson cleared his throat, “you would know that the doctor cleared me of that allergy.”
“Uh-huh. You shouldn’t listen to all doctors.” I raised an eyebrow.
“Ugh, stop worrying . . . you’re like my mom.’ ‘ He grabbed back his cold treat and took a huge bite of only nuts. I waited with a grimace for his face to swell up, and his ears turn purple. Fortunately nothing happened. “Fact is, I really enjoy nuts, they have some amazing flavors,” he added while taking another bite.
“Whatever, Dude,” I frowned. I really liked Jackson and all (well, not like a boyfriend or anything like that), he was cool, funny, and not-very-popular like me. “I also see that you got your braces off?” I smiled.
He gave a charming smile that would have put Elvis Presley to shame. “Yep, no more tight uncomfortable metal poking into my cheeks”
“Gee thanks. I told you that I have to get them right?” I quickly took a small finger size dip into his ice cream and shoved it into my mouth.
“Hmm, let me think,” said Jackson. He could be a very weird person sometimes. “I think I remember seeing that on Facebook.”
I laughed, the sad thing about me was that I didn’t have Facebook. All the kids at school have the best iPhone that they could get their grubby hands on, of course, whether or not they could afford it.
“Why were you in Alaska again?” Jackson stared at me.
“For my birthday party. Remember my Grandma and I have the same birthday, so every single birthday of mine is like getting a new dog for Christmas.”
“Right, spending your birthday in the Northpole? Though I would think that it would be actually celebrating Christmas. Speaking of your birthday I got you a present.” He spoke rather quickly. He pulled out a ring box out of his pocket and shoved it at me with another one of his grins on his face.
“Lucy Smith-Hertz, will you marry me?” He proposed. I stared at him horrified. What was this!
“We are only 16!” I shrieked.
Jackson suddenly turned a bright color of red, and I thought it was the peanuts kicking in.
“Ha, I got you!!! Those facial expressions were incredible!” He laughed and tossed the box to me, and signaled me to open it. I did. Inside was a giant breath mint.
I know right! Such an interesting ending. I had such an interesting sense of humor back then… I mean, what has happened to me now? Haha! Well, that’s it folks. (For now anyway!)
“Don’t say you have nothing; Start with What you’ve got!”