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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: White Paper -- 12-Point Font
By Beth LaBuff


A bungalow on Jackson Street
Was painted spinach green,
The home of fabled Chef McKnight,
Famed for seafood cuisine.
The Chef was “Auntie” to three boys
Lads -- Nate, young Paul, and Dwight,
Who often would a weekend spend
With her, to her delight.

The chef compiled sizzling books,
Volumes of recipes,
That utilized ingredients
Like Brie and Cottage Cheese.
The latest cookbook she composed
Was called “Scottish Cuisine,”
Had recipes like Cullen Skink
And Mussels Aberdeen.

Her manuscript met guidelines
With careful preparation,
White paper – type - a 12-point font—
Exact specification.
One final task— the recipes
Awaited her revision,
Amount of each ingredient
Required strict precision.

That weekend, at her bungalow
Her nephews came to stay,
Before her final edits,
She sent them out to play.
They toted all their baseball gear,
To an adjacent lot,
But Nate ran back inside the house
‘Cause home plate—they forgot.

With Nate back out, she locked the door,
Searched for her manuscript,
But it was nowhere to be found,
It caused her heart to flip.
She searched all through her bungalow
Went up the stairs, then down,
She wasted forty minutes,
With her looking-all-around.

Her nephews, in the meantime,
Played a lively game of ball.
And Nate shagged flies at short-stop.
The ball was pitched by Paul.
A pop-up fly flew over Paul
And then sailed over Nate,
Then Dwight raced ‘round the bases
And slid into home plate.

To celebrate his homerun
Dwight jumped into the air,
Then did a stomp dance on home plate,
Left sneaker footprints there.
Then Paul threw out a curve ball
A whiff and miss by Nate.
To let out his aggression.
He walloped on home plate.

And though the nephews never asked,
Or meant to desecrate—
Her manuscript--conscripted
Into service as home plate.
White paper and the 12-point font
Went unobserved by Dwight,
Then page 18 escaped its bonds,
A breeze propelled its flight.

It floated o’er their baseball game
It drifted high then low,
Then page 18 did loop-d-loops
Over the bungalow.
Though Paul had hit a home run,
‘Twas almost caught by Nate,
Oblivious the boys were when
The page escaped home plate.

Then hunger in their stomachs
Eclipsed their game so that
Back to the bungalow they trudged
With home plate, ball, and bat.
They threw their gear upon the floor,
Their Auntie was dismayed
Until she saw her manuscript
Intact, though a bit frayed.

White pages appeared dog-eared,
The 12-point font withstood
The brunt of energetic boys
Who gave it all they could.
Then Chef McKnight without delay,
The envelope addressed
And sent her cookbook manuscript
Posthaste to Cookbook Press.

The critic for Food Magazine
Reviewed Scottish Cuisine,
“A treasury of ethnic foods,
Like rich Newhaven Cream.
Ingredients were missing, though,
At least that’s how it seemed,
There was no call for mussels in
The Mussels Aberdeen.”

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Member Comments
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Jackie Wilson05/06/10
Three little boys playing ball and a cookbook manuscript! Who but you could throw these two things together and cook up such a yummy comedy situation? Totally engaging and delectable.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/06/10
Oho!Aha! Hehe! This is delicious. I love it.
Joanne Sher 05/06/10
LLOOVVEE this! SOOO glad I happened to pick this one to read this evening. What FUN!!
Francy Judge 05/07/10
Great story! So much fun to read. You chose the perfect words.
Charla Diehl 05/07/10
Another fun-filled entry that brought a smile to my face. God has certainly blessed you with gifts of imagination, rhyme, humor and the creativeness to put them all together for our pleasure.
angelos2 wark05/07/10
This was a delectable treat!
Joan Campbell05/07/10
Great, great fun!
Virgil Youngblood 05/08/10
This gives a whole new meaning to the umpires call, "Safe at home!" There was no play at the plate, obviously. What a delightful read.
Kate Oliver Webb 05/10/10
I am totally in awe of the talent displayed here. What a marvelous piece of writing: just the right amount of action, whimsy, suspense, wit, and wisdom. I love it!
Eliza Evans 05/10/10
You make me happy, Beth! :)

Just YUMMY and DELIGHTFUL all the way through. So glad you're here to share your gift.

Perfect ending. (perfect beginning. perfect middle.)
Ann Grover05/11/10
How DO you think of these things? And then put it all together so cleverly? Another winner... at least in my opinion.
T. F. Chezum05/11/10
Very fun read & very creative. Great job.
Sarah Elisabeth 05/11/10
Ahhh, what a fun tale! Poor Auntie. As an aunt of seven rough and ready nephews, I can relate :-). Masterfully done as always!
Yvonne Blake 05/11/10
Ooooohhhh...I'd be a bit less forgiving. Thanks for the smiles. (as always)
Edmond Ng 05/11/10
I'm always amazed by the way you write stories into poems! Such a delightful read with Three Lads and a Cookbook Manuscript! (",)
Carol Penhorwood 05/12/10
Another winner from your pen! You have such amazing talent.
Mona Purvis05/12/10
You hit a homerun. Delightful, on topic, great characters and so very well-written.

Carol Slider 05/12/10
Wow, what an amazingly creative take on the topic! Those boys are in TROUBLE... and so is anyone who buys the cookbook! :) Masterfully crafted, as always, and very fun to read--well done!
Rikki Akeo05/13/10
Heartfelt Congratulations on your EC, Beth!
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/13/10
Congratulations, dear Friend, on placing with this delightful whimsy. I love your amazing winning streak!
Joshua Janoski05/13/10
Hahaha! I loved the ending lines with the missing ingredients. So funny. How you come up with this stuff week after week baffles and amazes me. It's the reason why you get Editor's Choice awards week after week.

One thing's for sure, if there is a creative (and hilarious) spin to be placed on a topic then Beth will deliver. :)
Noel Mitaxa 05/13/10
As usual Beth, you've cooked up a great story. From my baseball days I recall stealing home base, but who would have thought of stealing one from an aunt's kitchen? Terrific - again!
Connie Dixon05/13/10
Hardly know what to say. AMAZING!!! Hope I get to meet you someday. :o)
Jackie Wilson05/13/10
Congrats again for your EC placing, Beth! This was another delicious serving of your delectable work!