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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Blue (10/08/09)

TITLE: Uniquely Me
By Kimberly Russell


I've often heard that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. That being said, this better be good because I only get one shot.

Allow me to formally introduce myself: I am K.B. Dawg. Seriously-that's my name. My owner, who thinks I'm greater than white bread, bestowed it upon me. I happen to agree with Timmy's opinion even if it makes me sound conceited. Humility may be required in order to keep one's ego in check but facts don't lie: I'm awesome. What makes me such an unusual specimen? I'm blue. Actually, the correct word would be aqua-a soothing aqua blue that just makes you want to pick me up and give a big old hug and squeeze. My fluffy coat is cloudy soft and perfect for cuddling. I'm quite irresistible, if I do say so myself. Even though I'm "only a stuffed animal", you'd have to search the world over to find another as unique as I.

Up until not too long ago, I lived with Timmy's grandma. Her name is Granny Myra and lives up the road a piece from Timmy's house. He spends a lot of time at Granny's because she loves to love on him. Actually, the real reason is because Timmy's folks work a lot and they stash him there. He doesn't seem to mind since her main goal in life is to spoil him. It's a sacrifice but if it helps his parents out...

Every day after school, Timmy races to Granny's house, eager to see what she has for a snack. I'm not too familiar with the whole school thing but Timmy says that he works so hard, his brain gets tired-and hungry. By the time he flops down on Granny's couch, the only thing he's interested in is whatever she's been baking. Delectable aromas of gooey chocolate chip cookies, caramel apples that stick to Timmy's hands, and tart cherry pies fresh from the oven permeate the house, making my mouth water.

As he digs in, Granny asks about his day. I think this is Timmy's favorite part of being at Granny's: she really listens to him. She's interested in all the details, hanging on every word like he's the most important thing in the world. Even when she gets up to give him another cookie (Hey- can't anyone toss one to the dog?), she never loses track of the conversation.

One day during snack time, Timmy was seriously troubled. His teacher told all the kids to write a paragraph about their pets. Timmy's parents never let him have animals because they said they didn't have time to care for them. No matter how hard he begged, his parents were adamant on the subject. Fat tears slid down Timmy's face as he poured his heart out to Granny.

"What am I going to do?" he cried. "I'll be the only one in the whole class with nothing to write about and all the kids will laugh at me."

"Did your teacher say it had to be a real pet?" said Granny, seriously contemplating the dilemma.

"Well...no, she really didn't say it HAD to be..."

Granny immediately brightened. "Timmy, sometimes we just need to get creative. Let's think about it and see what we can come up with."

Timmy screwed up his face and thought so hard, he decided his brain was tired again and reached for another cookie. "But Granny, I just can't make up a pet..."

"Why don't you walk around the house and see if you can come up with anything."

Looking quite uncertain, Timmy started to wander aimlessly from room to room when he let out a shout.

"I found it!" he yelled. Thundering into the kitchen, Timmy's eyes were shining and tears long forgotten as he excitedly shared his idea with Granny. They got to work and a little while later, I was born

Not only did Timmy gain a new BFF, his unique way of solving the problem earned him an "A" on his paragraph.

What Timmy found was a tissue dispenser made of fluffy aqua material that looked like a dog. By replacing the tissue box with a block of foam rubber, the lifeless piece of material with ears, a tail, and a smile became ME. And if your curious about the name, K.B. stands for Kleenex box...

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Anita van der Elst10/17/09
This is adorable & quite outside the box. Kleenex box, that is! Very entertaining.

And a BTW: teachers who base assignments on assumptions (and unfortunately there are some) need to get a little more creative themselves. If I got that assignment I'd have to write about the dust bunnies under my bed.
Sara Harricharan 10/20/09
Heehee! What a creative kid! I love the way the name fits in and the ending of the story, good ending twist that had me smiling by the time I reached the end. Loved it! ^_^
Mona Purvis10/20/09
Very creative entry. Love that grandmother character. You mentioned how she listened to him...great lesson there.
Love the blue pet.
Sarah Elisabeth 10/20/09
Very creative and cute story!
Amy Michelle Wiley 10/20/09
Very cute story! I'm a bit confused on how the dog could be a dog, and have a name, during the whole conversation if he hadn't even been created yet... Otherwise great job.
Ruth Brown10/20/09
I love granny and her interaction with that sharp Timmy. Definitely a chip off of a wise granny!
Patricia Turner10/21/09
Uniquely creative.
Laury Hubrich 10/21/09
I like this story. Very cute. But I'm like Amy - how did the imaginary pet know about what happened before he came to life - BUT on the other hand, he was around. He's been there all along. Ha, never mind. I figured it out:) LOL. Cute story.
Jan Ackerson 10/21/09
Silly fun!
Betty Castleberry10/21/09
This is adorable. The last line made me chuckle out loud.
Eileen Knowles10/21/09
Very creative story! It was fun to read.
Shilo Goodson10/21/09
That was a cute and funny story. I liked the name. It fit so perfectly.