Hellloooo, fall! My favorite season snuck up on me this year, but can I share how amazing the pumpkin muffins have been, how delicious the apple wine has tasted, and how excited I am to chaperone my kindergartner's very first field trip to- the pumpkin patch?! Yes, it is certainly fall! And of course with fall, comes one of my favorite activities-writing contests! Kaitlyn Sanchez has a treat for you on her blog- Math Is Everywhere. Hop on over to take a look. You will be rewarded with a contest to exercise your creativity, fun fall images to inspire you and of course a few prizes to drool over. In 200 words or less, here is my story inspired by an image of a perfectly-plump orange pumpkin:
By Kari Ann Gonzalez
As an early bloomer, Gorda was the only gourd delivered to farmer Tom’s pumpkin stand. Gorda didn’t mind and life rolled along…until the day before Halloween.
One by one plump orange pumpkins were picked, plucked up and taken home.
But not Gorda. She was too green. Too warty. How she wished she too would find a home.
Gorda tried to look her best. She stood tall. She tried a touch of paint. She even pasted triangles to become a… Gord-A-Lantern. Nothing worked.
More kids passed. More pumpkins were picked. But not Gorda. Poor Gorda. As the last pumpkin was picked, she hastily rolled herself off the shelf and into the wagon.
“Mommy, what happened to that pumpkin? It’s so green. So warty.” A little girl said.
“That’s just a gourd. Put it back, Sweetie.” She replied.
Just a gourd? I’ll never find a home!
She found herself back on the shelf…this time all alone.
Until Witch whisked up. “Oh, what luck! You, little gourd, look just like me. So green. So wonderfully warty! Would you like to come home with me?”
Gorda jumped at the opportunity. But she no longer wished for a home, because now…she had one!