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note to self: go outside

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

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Here is a story I wrote for a Writing Challenge not too long ago. We were supposed to base a short story off of the sentence; "Oh my goodness! What are you doing here?"

So, here is my version of the story. I couldn't think of a title for it~ Any suggestions??


"Mom!" I heard my little sister Anne shriek. "Peanut's gone!"

"Oh, dear!" Mom said, and I heard her walk over into Anne's room, next door.

I stepped out into the hall to see what the commotion was all about.

"Oh, Joshy!" Anne cried. Her face was pale and her eyes wide. "You have to help us find Peanut!"

She pulled me by the hand into her room, where there were tell-tale signs of the crisis at hand. The large cage on Anne's dresser, which normally held her hyper hamster, was empty, with the door wide open.

Anne started crying again at the sight of it.

"Don't worry, dear. I'm sure we'll find him. When did you notice he was missing?" Mom said, trying to comfort Anne.

"Just now," Anne sniffled.

"Well, he can't have gone far. We'll find him soon," Mom reassured her. "Let's all look for him. Anne, you check under the bed, and Josh and I will look too."

I stood thoughtfully trying to imagine where I would be most comfortable if I was a hamster.

Then I had it. "Have you checked Anne's dresser drawers yet, Mom?"

Mom's eyes brightened too. "I haven't, but great idea, Josh." She opened the drawers and began to throw things out carelessly.

I decided to check in Anne's sock drawer. I was sure that if I was a small, fluffy rodent like Peanut that I would like to have a sock for a home. Unfortunately, Peanut wasn't there.

We searched through Anne's whole room. A long while later, nothing had changed, except that Anne's room had collected a great big mess.

It was soon bedtime, and there was still no trace of Peanut. Anne was devastated, and I could hear her upset sobs all the way from my room across the hall.

I wondered where Peanut was, and if he was safe. As much as Peanut irritated me sometimes, I still did like him. I wondered if he was warm on this cold winter night.

It is really cold, I thought, and tiptoed over to my sock drawer, to grab a pair of socks for my chilly feet.

When I opened it, I began to laugh uncontrollably.

"Oh my goodness! What are YOU doing here?"

Right among my socks, sat Peanut, looking bright-eyed and completely innocent.

"Mom! I found Peanut!" I shouted, crossing over to Anne's room. We (meaning Peanut and I) were greeted by exclamations of joy and astonishment.

"Peanut!" shrieked Anne, seizing him from me.

"Wherever did you find him?" Mom asked incredulously.

"In my sock drawer," I replied as seriously as I could.

"In your sock drawer?" Anne questioned.

"In your SOCK drawer?!!" Mom repeated. "How'd he ever get there?"

I shrugged and laughed. "Maybe he just got cold."


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  1. Kylie~

    Really cute template! Great story too! I can't wait to read more!



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