Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentiny Story - Take a Selfie, Valentine!

Nothing makes me want to write more than one of Susanna Hill's Contests. (Well, that and the reward I've promised myself of a chocolate covered cherry for completion!)
The Contest:  since writing for children is all about “big emotion for little people” (I forget who said that, but someone did so I put it in quotes!) and Valentines Day is all about emotion, write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is confused!  Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone confused (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words.  Post your story by Tuesday February 14th by 11:59 PM EDT.
Take a Selfie, Valentine!
By Lauri Meyers

“Happy Valentine’s Day, Livy,” Sam said clutching a paper heart behind his back. “I was wondering if you would…”

“Take a selfie?” Livy grabbed him and smiled. Sam opened his mouth to explain. Click.

“I meant,” Sam said, “Since we’re such good friends…”

“Don’t be so shy! Of course we can take another selfie!” Livy held out her phone. Sam grimaced. Click.

Sam puffed out his cheeks and searched for the right words. “Someone probably already asked you…”

“…To take a selfie?” Livy said. “Nope, you’re the first. Say cheese!” Sam’s cheeks blushed as their heads touched. Click.

“Actually, I wanted,” Sam said, “To say you really make me…”

“Smile!” Livy yelled. “You smiled in this one. Happy Valentine’s Day! Gotta run.”

“Uh, bye,” Sam said. He scratched his head. “I thought Livy liked me. Guess we are just selfie friends.” He put down the card, noticing new sweaty fingerprints, and whacked himself in the forehead.

“I’m glad you’re still here, Sam!” Livy’s happy voice surprised him. “What’s that?”

“Um, it’s um,” Sam said. “It’s a valentine for you.”
(Billy Alexander, via sxc.hu)


“I love it!” Livy said. “This is for you.”

The frame sparkled with glitter hearts and their selfie in the middle.

“You’re finally smiling!” Livy said.

Sam said, “Can we take a selfie?”

30 comments:

  1. Nothing better than glitter hearts and selfies!

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    1. Selfies seem so grown up, but my 6 year old can do it like a professional!

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  2. Livy's diabolical plan worked! A very modern valentine. Love it! Good luck in the competition!

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    1. Thanks Jilanne - Livy's a modern gal who takes control of her love life through the art of the selfie:)

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    1. Young love is always sweet. Except that time in first grade when Chris started a relationship with me by whacking me with his backpack

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  4. I know someone like this. =) Good luck!

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    1. You have professional selfie-ers in your house too?!

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  5. This is so fun. I'm so happy it all worked out for Sam! Good luck!

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    1. It's so confusing when the one you love doesn't love you back.

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  6. Aww... so sweet when there's a love connection!
    Enjoy your well-deserved chocolate covered cherry!

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    1. I, um, may have had 5. It was a BIG celebration.

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  7. CLEVER! :) It's not easy to get those just-right photos. I wish you well with this story.

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    1. I personally have considered hiring a 13-year-old to give me selfie lessons, but I think it's like a practice makes perfect thing. I have seen kids selfie for hours.

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  8. I love it when you get just the right selfie. Your characters were so cute, I could just feel Livy's energy. Well done. Good luck to you.

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    1. I was imagining my own dreadful facial composure when I'm surprise attacked by a selfie!

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  9. Very nice. I am glad that Livy liked James, too. Good Luck

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    1. Now that a few days have passed I almost wish I had gone with a surprise ending - like she opens his card and there's a huge booger inside. (it's possible I watch too many prank shows with the kids!)

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  10. Very sweet. Who doesn't love a selfie with a friend?

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    1. I always end up looking more like a confused Sam!

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  11. This was so cute, Lauri...and I loved the happy ending. Well done!

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  12. This had me laughing. Liv is just like the kids I know!

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  13. Adorable story, Lauri. I love that you included the current selfie craze in it.

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    1. I don't know if that craze is going to leave:)

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  14. Such a cute story, Lauri! Love the ebullient Liv who is so busy with her own agenda! And so glad it worked out between them in the end :) Thanks for joining in the Valentiny fun! (And seriously, your reward was ONE chocolate covered cherry? ONE? Clearly you're on a whole nother level of self-control than I'll ever achieve! I'd be lucky if my reward was only THREE! :) )

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    1. You are correct, 3 chocolate covered cherries snuck in my mouth when I wasn't looking:)

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  15. Ha Ha, Sneaky and loveable. Technology can be so inspiring, right?

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    1. There has to be more I can do with it. It strikes me how much space there is between the topics in picture books and what is in the shows my kids watch.

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