Holy Jumping Jugglers!
Remember when I told you I entered a children’s picture book contest, Spring Fling Kidlit Contest 2021? I had to write a story from scratch with only 150 words – no more!
I posted my story, BETSY’S RAINBOW BALLOONS on Bookity Blog several weeks ago and forgot about it. Then tonight one of my CPs (Critique Partners) sent me a message to tell me that I won an Honorable Mention for my story.
Holy Giggling Grasshoppers!
I can’t believe it. Just like my first graders always jumped for joy when they accomplished something fun, I am jumping for joy now. Yippee!!!
Holy Bopping Balloons!
AND.... Drum Roll.... THE WINNERS ARE!
A big RAINBOW thank you to the contest organizers, Kaitlyn Sanchez and Ciara O’Neal. What a lot of work!
BETSY’S RAINBOW BALLOONS
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
Betsy held onto her rainbow balloons. I’m not sharing a single one, she thought.
Betsy bounced through the park.
Tomas fell off the swing.
Just ONE, thought Betsy and gave Tomas a red balloon.
Betsy skipped toward the library.
Millie cried next to her twisted bike surrounded by her library books.
Just ONE, thought Betsy and gave Millie an orange balloon.
Keneisha tumbled into a puddle–yellow balloon.
Liam lost his Frisbee–green balloon.
Akiko slipped on a plum skin–blue balloon.
Lyla dropped her lollipop–indigo balloon.
Nico lost his soccer ball–violet balloon.
When Betsy got home, she only had a rainbow-colored balloon left. MINE! she thought. All MINE! I’m NOT
NOPE! Not ever!
But when Betsy saw her little sister cooing, giggling, and grabbing at her last balloon, Betsy giggled and said,
“Bella, I’ll share my rainbow balloon with you anytime.”
And she did!
I am the author of Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver's Tale. It's the true story of how my husband almost left me--three times.