Tommy’s Two Wheels.
“It’s broken, buddy.”
“My training wheel? This is the worst day.”
“Want to try riding without them?”
Tommy’s stomach flipped.
“Two wheels? But, will you help?”
Dad smiled, “Foot on the pedal.”
“Don’t let go!”
“Don’t let go!”
“This is the BEST day!”
Well there you have it! That was HARD. For a lot of reasons, one, 50 words is a lot less than you think. Two, I really wanted to rhyme… really, really, really, but in the end, the story didn’t, so I let it go. Three, I’ve been feeling a little creatively tapped out. I nearly gave myself a brain cramp trying to get this story down on paper and four, did I mention it was only FIFTY WORDS? The struggle is real for a naturally wordy person like myself. I will almost always use 45 words to say something, when I really only need 5.
Here’s a fun fact! This story is loosely based on true events. My five-year-old (MC) had an unusually tough day at school, last Friday. You know, in the big picture, the day wasn’t so bad for him, but as his parents it was tough on us. As my husband and I tried to shake off the events of the afternoon and start the weekend MC took a minute to survey his options. He was punished… from a lot, but he’s the pragmatic sort and quickly settled on a bike ride. After a couple trips up and down our street, he parked to his beloved hand-me-down bike and declared, “I think I’m ready to take my training wheels off!” And he was.
In a moment, the day was transformed by the pride on his face and the squeals he let out as he quickly got the hang of riding on two wheels. Any lingering frustration and frazzle, my husband and I were still feeling melted away as we watched him conquer the open road. In the end, it was a great weekend and we all survived the punishment. It’s been ten days and every evening it’s still an act of Congress to get that kid off of his bike and inside for supper. That fateful Friday will forever live on as the day he rode without training wheels (after earning himself a trip to the principals office).
There are so many incredible entries, head on over to Vivian Kirkfield’s blog here and check out the comments section for a plethora of short and sweet stories. I give myself and everyone else who entered an A+ for completion. I’m not kidding- That. Was. Hard.
(Also, I think I’m going to give myself bonus points for using the words plethora and pragmatic after 9pm on a Monday)
Stay tuned for my visit with Camille Andros next week!
Thanks for reading, come back anytime!