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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: If Only I Could Fly
By Angie Clayton
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She tried jumping as high as she could, stretching her arms up to the sky, but she just landed on her feet again.
She tried hopping up and down the stairs, hoping that would help her take off, but she just stayed on the ground.
She tried running through the grass in her backyard as fast as she could, thinking that being outside might help her fly, but she just had to stop when she got to the fence.
She even tried jumping off the wooden platform of her swing set, and for a minute she thought she was flying! But then she landed in the gravel and scraped her knees.
Lexi asked her mom, and then her dad, and then her big brother how she could learn to fly, and none of them seemed to know either. Even her grandma, who knew almost everything, didn’t have any good ideas for her.
So she went to the park to think about it. She sat on the bench, and saw two little birds hop, hop, hopping along the sidewalk. Boy were they ever slow! She could run WAY faster than they could with their little tiny feet!
She jumped onto a swing and started pumping her legs - higher and higher she went. She giggled as she felt her hair flying in the wind. She felt so free! She was going so fast! She felt like she was … FLYING!
Later, as she walked home from the park, she saw the little birds again, hopping and hopping down the sidewalk. The more she watched them, the more she thought that would be a really hard way to move around on the ground. She tried out her running legs and whizzed past the birds as fast as the wind blows.
Maybe just being a little girl wasn’t so bad after all.
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