Monday, November 12, 2012

The Winner of the Writing Contest

The winner of the writing contest is...

Bekah Jones!

Here is her story :)
"Frustrating. That’s the only word I can use to describe my day. First, at school, I found out I just barely got a B on my French test. I've never gotten a B in French before. Then it turned out I’d forgotten my math homework. Of course, my math teacher just has to be the meanest, cruelest person on earth. I’m not even sure if she’s completely human. Anyway, she didn't make my life very much easier.
     Honestly, it’s just been a bad day. I legitimately can’t think of one good thing that’s happened today. I even missed the bus home, so I have to walk. At least it’s not too far.
     As I tromp through the slushy snow on the sidewalk, I look around at all the Christmas lights. They're pretty. I feel the vague feeling of a smile breaking through my lips, but instantly push it back. Christmas lights are definitely not enough to miraculously make my day better.
     Walking past my favorite café on the corner of Main and some street that I never bothered to remember the name of, I glance inside the window. There’s a little sign lit up with flashing Christmas lights that reads, “Sometimes the little things are really the big things.” I tilt my head. Christmas lights are little things that light up whole cities. Sort of. So maybe they could make me feel better? No. I refuse to be cheered up.
     Fighting with myself has never been easy. This time is no exception. I can’t decide whether or not I want to stay in a foul mood. The lady at the counter catches my eye and warmly smiles at me. I smile back.
     That settles it. I smiled, so I have to be in a good mood. Who cares about bad grades, anyway? Walking is good, too. I need the exercise. But it would be a lot nicer if I had something warm and sweet to accompany me.
     I push open the door decorated with candy canes, march up to the counter, and order a cup of hot chocolate. I can’t help but grin childishly as the lady hands me my cup and I glance back at the little sign. I really can’t believe something so simple could have made my day better. But the fact that it did just makes me smile even more, and I practically skip the rest of the way home."

Congrats Bekah!