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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Snap (09/04/08)

TITLE: Life-Rope
By Sara Harricharan


The multi-colored jump rope ribboned through the air as the chanting began. Rhythmic slaps echoed off white-washed walled as the rope touched the concrete in perfect synchronization.

“Games are lots of fun. This is one. Didja know that the earth, revolves around the sun?”

Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Here we go again,
Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Life's just a game!

“Momma hates Daddy. Daddy hates Uncle. Uncle died last night, with nary a struggle.”

Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Don't look back.
Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Beat that!

I hate school. School hates me. Somehow my A-plus turned into a B.

Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
I don't need that!
Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Beat that!

“Locked outside the house. Momma's lost her keys. All 'cause a bitty bee chased her up a tree.”

Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
I'm off track!
Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Beat that!

“Her first day of school, pigtails in a row. A pretty pink shirt meets a playground full of dirt.

Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Can't stand the dirt!
Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Match that!

“Dizzy in the head. Dizzy in the bed. My tummy's full of rumbles, begging to be fed.”

Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Can't stand this!
Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Beat that!

Tall white walls. Doc's with big hair. Stuck inside their world, oh my, what a scare!”

Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
I'm want out!
Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
I'm wanna breakout!

“Silly little people. Silly little games. Icky-wicky hearts with funny-sounding names.”

Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Still want out!
Snap! Snap!
Clap! Clap!
Now I'm gonna shout!

The chanting faded as the steady click of stilettos pattered across the gym...

Copyright 2008.

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Sunny Loomis 09/11/08
Good take on the topic. I hear the jumprope snapping as it hits. Nicely done.
Joy Faire Stewart09/14/08
Oh, I had forgotten about the jump rope chants. They can tell a lot! Very creative.
Yvonne Blake 09/14/08
Good rythm for the jumprope chants. Although, the in between parts with the claps reminded me of another game we played with numbers. Very creative!

Leah Nichols 09/15/08
I don't get it, but you said you wanted little yellow boxes, so here you go! LOL It's probably because I was homeschooled and never played group jump-rope. :) Very creative!
Celeste Ammirata09/15/08
This is well written, and kept me interested. But, I'm sorry to say I don't get the cookie. I didn't get it.
Scott Sheets09/16/08
Creative take on the topic. I confess I had to read the reviews to determine the context. Then when I reread it, I realized you painted the setting well, it was just out of the context of my experience. Thanks for sharing.
Kristen Hester09/16/08
My kids are home from school because of Hurricane Ike. I think I now want to drag out a jump rope and teach them this one. I'm suddently in the mood to jump! I liked it...very catchy.
Valarie Sullivan09/16/08
No cookie for me, either. But the rhythm was catchy!
LauraLee Shaw09/17/08
This is WONderful. So creative, catchy and clever, with the perfect rhythm. Love it!
Shelley Ledfors 09/17/08
I didn't get to this one until after "bricks" so had the extra explanation before I read it. I *think* I would have had it even without that. Very creative entry and use of the topic! I love the jumping chants.
Laury Hubrich 09/17/08
Very good. I love the creativity. It is so very You, my dear!
Gerald Shuler 09/17/08
You wrote, I read. I now know about jump rope chants. Well crafted entry.
Karlene Jacobsen09/17/08
I seem to be slow on the draw. I got that it was a chant, but didn't understand the context. Of course, I never was one much involved in group activities unless directed by the gym teacher.
Beckie Stewart09/17/08
I played jump rope, but don't remember any of the chants. This was well written and cute.