Sam @CUSP Conference 2015

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Pillowcase

This is a short children's story I wrote when I was about 12 years old, The Pillowcase. There is pun in the title. It has a lot of good lessons about the value of things and the importance of family. I hope it's cute and quirky and that five to ten year olds would find it entertaining. I also tried to leave a lot up to the imagination like the gender of the main character. Feel free to leave comments about what you like about the story or what I could do to make it better. Or, print the story and read it to your son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or any kid you might know and let me know what they think.

April 27-Birthday

It’s my favorite day of the whole year. It’s my birthday! I am eight years old today.

I woke up and as always my mom made me my favorite breakfast, big fluffy waffles, bacon and eggs.

It was a Sunday and I didn’t have to go to school. So, I watched a couple of my favorite DVDs and waited for my grandma to come by. She always gives me the most amazing gifts! I received a quilt that has been in the family for sixty years last year and a clock for Christmas that used to belong to her mother. I love gifts that remind me of my family. They are extra special and have more value than all the new video games or toys in the world.

My grandma finally arrived. She had a medium-sized red box for me. I was excited to find out what rare and special gift she had in store for me. When I opened the box I found a beautiful pillowcase. She told me it would go perfectly with the family quilt she gave me. Her grandmother had knitted it for her when she turned eight years old. It was red and blue and the softest thing I had ever felt in my entire life! I loved that pillowcase and I couldn’t wait to sleep on it that night.

My family and friends came over later that afternoon and we ate cake and hotdogs. I received so many gifts I couldn’t possibly count them all. My friends bought me toys and coloring books and my cousins and aunts bought me video games, clothes and movies. But, my pillowcase remained the best gift of them all!

Once all of my friends and family were gone, my mom and I put all of my gifts in my room. But, for some reason my pillowcase had disappeared. I didn’t understand where it could be. I told my mom who said, “It has to be somewhere around here. We’ll look for it tomorrow. But, it’s getting late and you need to get ready for bed. You have school tomorrow.” I sadly went to bed without my pillowcase, but I decided that after school tomorrow I would begin my search.

April 28, Case 008-The Case of the Missing Pillowcase or the Pillow Case

As soon as I got home from school I put on my detective costume from last Halloween and began my search for my pillowcase. Trench coat. Check. Magnifying glass. Check. Hat. Check. I was ready.

I started in the living room. I looked under the sofa, behind the chair, under the potted plant, under the vase, behind every pillow, under the rug. I even looked under my dog Scruffy. He loves sleeping on soft things and I thought he might be guilty of that this time around. But, it turns out Scruffy wasn’t guilty. He had found my mom’s new silk scarf to plant his furry body on this time. “Don’t worry Scruffy. I won’t tell.” I whispered in his big floppy ear.

I had lots of homework to do so my search would have to continue the next day.

I finished my homework that night and sadly went to bed again.

April 29, Case 008-The Case of the Missing Pillowcase or the Pillow Case

The next day the search continued for my pillowcase. I put my detective costume on again and decided that today would be the day.

I decided I would look in the family room this time around. I looked under the sofa cushions, behind the rocking chair, behind the television, in the desk drawer. I even looked underneath my cat Phoebe. She also likes to sleep on soft things and I thought she might be using my pillowcase as her new bed. It turns out my mom had moved her new scarf to the family room so that Scruffy wouldn’t sleep on it, and Phoebe found it.

I finished my homework earlier so I could spend the rest of the night looking for my pillowcase. I looked in the kitchen. I looked in the dining room. I looked everywhere.

I burst into tears after searching the house until it was my bedtime. My mom told me it was time to get ready for bed because there was school tomorrow. “But, mom I can’t find grandma’s gift.” The tears got bigger and bigger with each thought of my grandma’s special gift. I couldn’t believe I had lost it. My heart was broken.

“Oh, sweetie. I am so sorry. I totally forgot to tell you that I found it the night of your birthday party. I placed it in one of the drawers in my bedroom and I forgot to give it back to you. I thought you were playing hide-and-go-seek with Scruffy and Phoebe and that’s why you had on your costume. Mommy is sorry. I found it by the DVD player.” My mom said as she hugged away all the tears. I was so happy! I hadn’t lost my pillowcase that meant so much to me.

Case 008-The Case of the Missing Pillowcase or The Pillowcase was solved. “Sweetie, have you seen mommy’s new scarf?”

Don’t worry Scruffy and Phoebe; your secret is safe with me.


Anonymous said...

Sam you are such an astonishing young lady and what's so amazing is that this has always been apart of you even when we were children. I pray that you will continue to use this aptitude and your imagination to bless others.


Anonymous said...

Sam, intelligent beyond your years and wised upon the present time... At 12 years of age, you were amzing and still to this day, impeccable. "Continous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential" (Winston Churchill, 1947). So, my dear, keep at it and continue on your journey and Great things are coming your way.


Anonymous said...

Sam, you know that I think you are one of the greatest people that I know. The quote that PAX posted about "Continous Effort" sums it all up. Like I have always told there is no doubt that you are a success, the key is having the diligence to continue until everyone else knows it. That is what it is all about sweetie. You have to be willing to continually push, pray and praise until you walk into your wealthy place. And then when you are there right where it is you want to be (author, journalist, actress, anchor woman, whatever) remember to give GOD all of the glory. I know you and I believe that you have everything it takes to make all of your dreams come true. Keep reaching baby, (I'm pulling them down for you too).

In Proverbs 19:21 God’s Word states, Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that will prevail.


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Anonymous said...

It's still a great book. Keep up the good work

booty said...

um it was aiight... i guess ill do my best to illustrate for it;-)