Saturday, February 10, 2018

Snow Day Valentine's

Happy Valentine's Day!

Susanna Hill is hosting her third annual Valentiny contest where she forces us to write complete stories in 214 words or less. She's tough, but these contests are great ways to get your inspiration flowing and see what your mind can do with constraints. In this year's contest, someone must be hopeful. You can read all the great entries here. Entries can be posted through 2/14.


In my 146 word story, Joey must try every superstition to get a snow day or risk being Katie's Valentine.

Snow Day Valentine
By Lauri Meyers

Jammies inside out.
Ice in the toilet.
Shake up the snowglobe.
Snow day guaranteed!

Snip lucky snowflakes.
No need to cut hearts.
I’m not gonna be
Katie’s valentine.

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Roll ice cream snowmen.
Will she stare at me?
Chow down on scoops of
No School Tomorrow!

Put a dime in the
Window for Jack Frost.
What if she hugs me?
Add a few quarters.

Run outside, spin twice.
She wouldn’t kiss me?   
Yell in the freezer,
“I’m wishing for snow!”

The groundhog said snow.
He is never wrong!
Tuck a spoon under
My pillow tonight.

Alarm clock ringing.
Run to the window.
Grass? Can’t be. Oh no.
I need a Plan B.

“I’m not feeling well.”
“Ate too much ice cream.”
“I can’t go to school.”
“But it’s Valentine’s!”

Draw hearts for Katie.
Drag my feet to school.
Learned my lesson -- don’t
Forget to snow dance.

29 comments:

  1. Lauri, this is terrific :) I miss visiting Susanne's blog! Somehow I have to add time to my days. Do you have any superstitions that might help? ;) So many of these are SO clever! lol

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    1. My superstition for that is that if you set an egg timer for 15 minutes, it will go quicker than you think!

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  2. Cute story with a fun twist at the end. Made me wonder what happened when Joey did get to school. Good luck!

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    1. Well I did have "Pucker up Sucker!" in one draft...

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  3. This is a cute story, Lauri. I, too, want to know what happened when ht got to school. I wish you well with this story.

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    1. I suspect it was a, "If you can't beat them, join them" kind of day.

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  4. Now I want some ice cream. =) Good luck!

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  5. Fun story. I learned a few new tricks for encouraging snow - though not sure how well they work. :-) Lauri, maybe you should think of expanding to a PB after the contest. It would be fun to know what happened at school.

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    1. My kids are batting 100 this year! Thanks for reading:)

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  6. I like how you incorporated all the superstitions into your story. What an interesting twist!

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  7. My kids keep trying all of those tricks - some I had never heard of until they started school! Just like Joey, they are disappointed when Jack Frost doesn't come through.

    Good luck!

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    1. I have to admit my kids put a spoon in the freezer, but when I looked into it putting a spoon under your pillow was far more common. I have no idea how they came up with the freezer thing!

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  8. This is great--my little household has two teachers and two middleschoolers, all of whom would gladly take a snow day (plus one kid is a boy who most likely will never willingly make a Valentine! ). Definitely connected with this story!

    This made me LOL!
    Put a dime in the
    Window for Jack Frost.
    What if she hugs me?
    Add a few quarters.

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    1. If I'm being honest, I collect the money on the windowsill! Mwa ha ha!

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  9. What a fun story, Lauri! I loved the twist ending.

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    1. I suspect he ended up with lip gloss on his cheek, poor kid.

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  10. What a cute story. I love all Joey's tricks and his determination!

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  11. Hi Lauri - yes .. what a delightful story - I obviously need some kids to learn these things ... a whole new ball game ... but the poem is a delight - cheers Hilary

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    1. Your story was lovely Hilary. We had our snow day rituals way back in the day too!

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  12. Hi Lauri - I never put my link in ... cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.ca/2018/02/the-robin-who-hedges-her-choices.html

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  13. I love how this weaved his thoughts in and out of playing in the snow. Super cute story! Good luck!

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    1. Double bonus- getting to play in the snow and missing Valentine's...but double sadness when the snow doesn't come!

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  14. Love it. Great writing. Joey is a typical boy (and I have six so I know what I'm talking about).

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