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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (11/14/13)

TITLE: The Horse Said It
By Verna Cole Mitchell


“Mama said I could bake a cake,” declared the pony-tailed pixie to her dad when he came into the room. He just shook his head as he looked all around at the usually sparkling clean kitchen, which now appeared to have been in the path of a storm.

She continued, “I’ve watched Mama do this lots of times, so I know what to do.” On the kitchen table sat a partial container of eggs beside several which had been broken and were in a cup—shells and all. A bottle of milk teetered on piles of flour and sugar that also dusted the tiled floor like a heavy frost. A large bowl held the same ingredients that graced the table top. Bags, once full, now leaned over like wilted flowers.

All he said was, “Molly, where’s your mama?”

“Me and her was takin’ a nap, but I got up ‘cause I wasn’t tired. Before she went to sleep, she said I could bake a cake.”

Dad left the area of devastation to go talk to his wife. In just a minute, he was back, and squatting down face level with his daughter, he said, “Molly, I have it straight from the horse’s mouth that you were not given permission to bake a cake all by yourself.”

“Dad,” she laughed, “don’t be silly. We don’t have a horse, and besides, horses can’t talk.”

Just then Mama came into the kitchen, her sleepy eyes suddenly wide awake. “Molly Marie Michaels, what in the world do you think you’re doing? You know very well I said I’d let you ‘help’ me bake a cake ‘after’ you took a nap.”

“But Mama, I wanted to surprise you,” sobbed the little would-be baker.

Mama picked her up and wiped her tears. “Molly Honey,” she said, “I’m glad you wanted to surprise me, but you’re not quite big enough to make a cake all by yourself. You will be someday, but until then, please no more big surprises like this one. Okay? Now while I clean this up, you go finish your nap. When you wake up, you can ‘help’ me bake a cake.”

After she left the room, Mama looked at Dad. “For referring to me as a horse, you get to help me clean up in here while our Little Martha Stewart takes her nap.”

Dad just grinned and winked. “At least, I didn’t tell her I heard it from an old nag."

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Beth LaBuff 11/23/13
The magic in this is the interaction between the characters: the Dad's proclamation concerning the horse, the Molly's misunderstanding, the mother's recruiting the Dad to help with clean-up because he referred to her as a horse, the dad's defense that at least he didn't call her a nag. LOL to that! And I loved that you referred to the little baker as a Little Martha Stewart! How clever! This is so perfect for the topic! :)
Ellen Carr 11/24/13
I really enjoyed this sweet domestic story with its touches of humor. Well written and a great use of the topic.
C D Swanson 11/24/13
Clever, enjoyable and completely on topic.

Great job!

God Bless~
Larry Whittington11/24/13
A very delightful -could have happened story.

I appreciated the teaching it gives to parents on how to handle "messy" situations with children. No screaming or name calling.

Also the teaching of children to really listen fully to directions or permissions.

It would be fun to read this one a second time.
Jack Taylor 11/26/13
Been there. Done that with a granddaughter. They never stop horsin around no matter what generation they live in. Well done. I could see it happening.
Danielle King 11/28/13
Great story. Loved it. Congratulations on your win.
Bea Edwards 11/28/13
Your story was a smile maker! I could see the whole mess so clearly. Well done and congratulations on your 2nd overall ribbon.
C D Swanson 11/29/13
Congrats! God bless~