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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Slumber Party
By Edy T Johnson
11/01/10


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"Amanda, I think you're just jealous."

"No, I'm not! Heidi is just so spoiled. She has her own room, all pink and white, and a big canopy bed. I bet her dad never tells her 'we can't afford it' when she wants something. She smiles real sweet to get what she wants.

"I've never heard her mom tell her 'no,' either. It's not fair. She gets anything she wants. So, she should be nice to little kids, but she's not. Why, she's just so two-faced. Her parents don't see how it is when they're not looking. But, I'm telling you, she's nasty, and I don't ever want to go stay at her house ever again. It's no fun."

"So, what did you do?"

"Whaddya mean, Karen?"

"Did you do anything to make her act nasty?"

"We were just dressing up and fixing each other's hair and stuff. I didn't do anything, but she got huffy and told me to keep my paws off her things. She makes faces behind her mom's back, and I told her that wasn't nice. She should just be glad she still has her mom living at home."

"I'm sorry, Amanda. I know I'd sure be unhappy if my mom left."

"Well, it's just not fair. She has a mom, but she isn't nice to her own mom. But, it's fun to come to your house, even if you don't have your own room. How come we're all cousins, but we're all different? I wonder. Hmm...maybe, 'cause you have sisters, you're nice, and Heidi is spoiled 'cause she doesn't have a sister. And, I only have a brother, but I'm not spoiled like Heidi, either. I wonder...maybe Heidi is like Nellie Olson 'cause her dad is rich and her mom gives her whatever she wants. I'd sure rather be like Laura than Nellie Olson. Nellie's awful, and Heidi better watch out or she'll be just like her."

"Amanda....."

"Yeah?"

"Do you talk about us, behind our backs, like you talk about Heidi?"

Amanda's round blue eyes widened. ".....Oh, no. I wouldn't do that! Why...that would be tacky!"


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/10
This is great. I could easily picture the whole conversation. I remember my mom telling me the same thing if someone is talking about another person it makes you wonder what they say about you behind your back. Great message and I'm a Little House fan too.
Lollie Hofer 11/09/10
Ouch! You hit the nail on the head with this story. Great dialogue with a powerful lesson for all us at the end.