Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SLH Thanksgiving Contest: Pilgrimage To Grandma's



Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting a Thanksgiving Contest to write a 250 word or fewer kids' story or poem beginning with, "They were supposed to go to Grandma's for Thanksgiving, but the blizzard came in fast..." Thanks to Susanna for organizing this event, and be sure to visit the other creative entries. The contest is running through the end of Thanksgiving Day, so join in the fun.


                                              Pilgrimage To Grandma's


They were supposed to go to Grandma's for Thanksgiving,
But the blizzard came in fast.
They tried starting up their snow plow,
It was no use without gas.

Mama quickly gathered supplies,
To fashion homemade skis.
She brought back greasy chopsticks,
So they could zig-zag through the trees.

The children created their own goggles,
With paper clips and transparent tape.
This would surely help them navigate,
Through their blustery escape.

Papa loaded up an empty carton,
Filled with lots of delicious treats.
Including some of Grandma's favorites,
To be gobbled at the feast.

They tied it up with shoelace,
And pulled it with a string.
As they skied down the hillside,
With the grace of soaring wings.

She dropped the pencil with a start,
As her mom barged into her room,
"Time to get ready sweetheart;
Grandma will be here soon."

After her jiggly necked grandma strutted over,
The family all gathered around the stable.
Thankful that they survived another year,
From not being served up on the table.


-Julie Kemp Pick

                                                                    

37 comments:

  1. Really fun. :)

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  2. Most enjoyable to read . Wonderful poem.

    Yvonne.

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  3. Very creative, Julie! Great twist at the end! Thanks so much for joining in the fun :)

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  4. P.S. I'm not sure what went wrong with posting your link - neither one you mentioned showed up - but i went ahead and added you (hopefully:)) so you should be there now!

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  5. Thanks Delores, I really enjoyed your entry too!Happy Thanksgiving!

    L.G.- I had so much fun writing it! Thanks L.G., and have a great Thanksgiving too!

    Yvonne - Thanks for the kind words, and I hope you have a nice holiday! I heard that Thanksgiving celebrations are becoming more popular in the UK. Julie

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  6. Susanna - Thanks for hosting this fabulous contest! It's been great reading all of the creative entries. I tried to post my link a third time under Empty Nest Insider, but now I see that you solved the problem. Thanks again for all of your help, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Julie

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  7. Oh what fun -- and what a delightful twist at the end.

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  8. I arrived via the link. Loved the poem and the fun twist at the end.

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  9. Elizabethanne - Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be heading over to your site!

    Stacy - Thanks for following me, and I also enjoyed reading your story! Julie

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  10. What a wonderful, visual, funny Thanksgiving poem - loved it!

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  11. How fun was that? So clever and fun - I totally loved it! :)

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  12. Hi Julie .. loved the concept of this .. the gobbling turkeys reprieved for another year .. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends .. many thoughts - Hilary

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  13. Very clever! (not that I'm surprised) It'd be fun to take some time to play with this, but there are a hundred other things I should be doing right now instead of sitting in front of my computer ... better get it in gear. (sigh)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Great holiday themed poem! Enjoy your time with family and friends.

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  15. Love this! So creative and fun! Glad I was able to find your blog through this contest! Happy writing!

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  16. Hi Julie, I'm glad I found your blog. I just loved your creative & fun story :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. Joanna - Thank you so much for the encouraging words and for stopping by! I'm off to visit your blog.

    Kimberly - I think I'm about the color of the cranberry sauce right now! Thank you, and I'll head over to your site soon!

    Hilary - Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving too! Thanks Hilary!

    Kid - I still can't believe you're only 9 1/2! You wrote a great story, and you even comment like a pro! Thanks Erik!

    Susan - I Yam sure you would do a great job with this! There's still one day left. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Carol - Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

    Stephen - Have a great holiday too! Thanks Stephen!

    Abby - Thanks for following me, and I really enjoyed your poem too!

    Jennifer - Thanks for finding and following me! Your poem is an original adventure tale that I could envision on the big screen! Happy Thanksgiving! Julie

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  18. What a great poem! Very clever, best of luck with the contest.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Julie! I hope you and your family have a great holiday. :)

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  19. Thanks so much Julie! I can't wait to find out more about Polar Night! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends too!

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  20. I always enjoy your poetry, Julie. This one's so playful - with the zigzagging chopsticks, homemade goggles, etc. It brings a smile to my face.

    I hope you're enjoying the season. I really appreciate our blog connection and your caring comments.
    xoRobyn

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  21. That is so clever. I was beginning to wonder where it was going and then... lovely! :-) Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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  22. I missed this event but I enjoyed your entry. As always you had your way with words in a good and fun way. A clever approach that was probably the most original one of the lot by my guess.


    Lee
    Enjoy my delightful interview with Susan Kane on
    Wrote By Rote Saturday 11/26

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  23. You are so clever. Love you poems and their twist endings. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  24. Robyn - I also really appreciate our blog connection, and how you always go above and beyond in your comments! Thanks Robyn!

    Rosalind - I found Susanna via your blog, and I really had fun with this contest! So once again, I have you to thank Rosalind!

    Lee - There were many interesting entries with a unique take on the Thanksgiving theme. This was a great opportunity for me to write my first children's poem. Thanks for making my day Lee!

    Rhonda - I'm sure you made a fun-filled family celebration NZ style! Thanks for always cheering me on Rhonda!

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  25. LOVE! Grateful, indeed! Your poems always make me laugh, Julie. Clever, clever.

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  26. Talli - That's quite a compliment coming from such a witty writer! Thanks Talli!

    Randy - Poetry brought us together at the Poetry Schmoetry Blogfest. Thanks for stopping by, and I'll head over to your blog! Julie

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  27. You're an amazing poet, Julie! You so deserve to be published!!

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  28. I knew I liked you Nancy! Thanks for the exceptionally nice compliment, and I would love to get more stories and poems published! Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks again, Julie

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  29. Hi, Julie!

    First time stopping by your blog and I'm thankful to be here!

    What a delightful poem you've written. It is so creative! Your ingenuity jumps off the page!

    Nice to be here! Much success to you!!

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  30. Hi Betty! Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments. I appreciate all of the time you spent thumbing through my stories and poems. I really enjoyed your poems too, and your enthusiasm for writing is inspiring. Thanks for following me, and I look forward to getting to know you better. Julie

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  31. Ah, fun! You are always so clever. I'd love to see you publish a collection of poems.

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  32. Thanks so much Shannon! I just started writing poetry during the A to Z Challenge, and have enjoyed writing it ever since. I still think that I have a lot to learn, but I really appreciate your positive feedback. Julie

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