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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Savory to the Taste (07/26/12)

TITLE: Mischief Makers
By Pam Ford Davis
08/02/12


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“Where’s the camera? Their parents will love this!” My five 12-18 month, “mischief-makers” at Harbor Learning Academy loved spaghetti days! I cringed, as I thought of the mess I’d be cleaning up later.

Their faces resembled Indians, painted for a war party. Not yet adept with spoons and forks, they fed themselves with their fingers. Delighted by the taste of sweet spaghetti sauce, they crammed in slimy noodles and silenced rumbling of empty tummies.

Not a routine lunchtime, as we were celebrating a birthday of a member of the class… Noah’s mom had brought tantalizing chocolate cupcakes for the entire room. I cleared away plates of leftover spaghetti and placed a cupcake in front of each excited classmate.

No word adequately describes a child experiencing the sugar rush of chocolate. Hyperactivity and pleasure collided and the results were not pretty. After getting their fill of the tasty treat, my children unleashed latent creativity.

Nimble fingers of Thomas, Noah, Grayson and Kayden searched out sticky tomato drenched spaghetti noodles, chocolate cake crumbs and frosting. With fanfare, they inaugurated finger-painting festivities. Instinctively knowing, I could tend to only one child at a time, they partied!

Mischievous boys, and one outnumbered girl, smeared entree and dessert across the mural tabletop. I glared at the aftereffects of Picasso-like hand-prints. Intermittently, they tasted the tomato and chocolate concoction, savoring the spaghetti and celebrating with chocolate!

Nothing short of miraculous, I succeeded in cleaning caked spaghetti and chocolate from the table, and off each child. I changed their diapers, and got them in their cribs for nap-time. The ambiance of soft music filled the room, and I savored my solitude!

*Authors note: Creative non-fiction


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/02/12
This is a sweet story. Only toddlers could make something disgusting seem delicious and crafty at the same time. The mixture of salty and sweet is part of the definition of the topic. You covered it in a fun and gooey way. Nice job.
Dannie Hawley 08/02/12
An absolutely delightful example of real life kids and the joy they find in the taste and feel method of painting! I just love this article. Well done!
CD Swanson 08/02/12
Cute and ingenious entry. I thought it was an adorable read. Thanks.
God bless~
Edmond Ng 08/09/12
I can picture the entire scene and the need to savor solitude. An enjoyable read.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/09/12
Congratulations for ranking 6th in your level!
Noel Mitaxa 08/09/12
Wonderful images and energy with humour flowing throughout. Great job.