Writing Challenge: Little Alice’s thoughts on the merry-go-round.


This post is written in response to this week’s writing challenge:


Little Alice’s thoughts on the merry-go-round:

“Push me!” “Push Me!” little Alice exclaimed to her siblings. They barely noticed the desperation in her voice.

“Mom said you are to little to ride.” Alice’s siblings taunted in response.

Alice sat back quietly, angry and sad. “I am not too little!” She thought to her self. “I can do anything they can do!”

Alice watched her brother and two sisters play gleefully on the swings but her resentment stopped her from joining them. She sat quietly deep in thought, reeling over the idea that she could be too small for anything.

“I’ll show them, I bet I could swing higher, slide fast and do anything better than they can, they just don’t know.” Alice thought quietly. “I know, I will sit here in protest until someone pushes me. They will have to listen to me, eventually”

Just then Alice heard her mother calling for dinner, “Time to come in and wash up for dinner!”

Alice refused! She was angry and was going to stay on the merry-go-round until someone pushed her! “I am not coming! She thought. “I am going to stay here until someone pushes me!”

Alice’s tummy rumbled with hunger and she could smell the spaghetti with the very yummy garlic bread. Alice sighed in defeat over her hunger and thought, “Maybe I will go eat but I won’t wash up!” Yeah, I will tell them, No! Not until I get to play too!”

Alice kicked the dirt and started to get up as she heard her mother calling again, “ Alice come wash your hands and get to the dinner table!”

Alice pouted as she slowly walked to her house from the playground she looked down at her hands covered in dirt from the sand box, “Darn you sand and your squishy fun!” Alice thought of the gritty sand covering her garlic bread as she ate with dirty hands, “Maybe I will wash them before dinner but not because they told me too, but because I don’t like the taste of sand!”

Alice was comforted by the idea that it was her choice to wash up before dinner and her choice to come in and eat. Her pace quickened as she headed for the door. When Alice reached the dinner table she smiled and thought, “Tomorrow, I will eat a snack before I go to the playground that way I can sit on the merry-go-round until someone pushes me, yeah that will show them”

“Mmm, garlic bread!”

Here are some other great responses to this week’s challenge:

A fictional story based on the photo would be great (Who is this little girl? Where is she? What is she waiting for? Where is her family?), but we also look forward to non-fiction posts inspired by the photo. How does the image make you feel? Does the girl remind you of anyone in your life, or of yourself? Are you as scared of the unidentifiable green creature as we are, and is that a nose or a beak?

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6 responses to “Writing Challenge: Little Alice’s thoughts on the merry-go-round.”

  1. roweboat55 says :

    good story

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