Found a notebook from school with little poems and stories in it. I was 10 when I wrote all this…
The Haunted Castle
It all started when I was at my friend Jen’s house. We were getting ready to go Trick-or-Treating together and we heard a noise coming from the castle next door. We walked inside and the door locked itself behind us! “Good thing we brought a flashlight,” we said. Then we hear a loud scream. Suddenly we saw a mummy. We bolted for the door, but it was still locked!
The mummy was right behind us! We had to do something fast! Then the mummy grabbed Jen and took her away! I grabbed the flashlight from Jen and I followed the mummy. I found Jen and she was locked in a dungeon! Luckily I found the key under some hay.
I unlocked Jen’s chains and we ran to where the mummy was and poured water on him and he melted.
We ran out of the castle and went as far away as we could. Then we went Trick-or-Treating together. Finally I dropped Jen of and I went home to bed.
Oh my. Good thing we were such resourceful girls, magically finding water to pour on that mummy. And I guess his death must have unlocked the front door. I also liked where we ran as “far away as we could” even though apparently Jen lived next door to the mummy. Nothing could stop us from trick-or-treating! :]
Thanksgiving [Acrostic poem]
Turkey is tender on Thanksgiving.
“Hi!” I say to my family members.
And the cranberry is great.
Nobody fusses that day.
Kids like to play with me.
Some people eat until they are full.
Giving is another thing my family does.
I eat a whole bunch of food.
Visiting is also something we do that day.
“Is the turkey done?” I ask.
Nothing can stop me from eating.
Giving is a tradition for me.
I distinctly remember struggling to write this poem. Good thing I came up with gems like “And the cranberry is great.” and “Nothing can stop me from eating.” Hahahaha
The Secret Song
Who saw the owl
in the night?
I, said the wolf
Without any light.
Who saw the fog creep
over the sea?
I, said the crow,
Who saw the beautiful
sea turn into foam?
I, said the fish.
Who saw the coral
on the shore grow?
I, said the crab
Who would know?
Who saw the baby
I, said the fox,
The mouse and I.
I imagine this format (and possibly subject matter) was inspired by another poem we were studying. I don’t think I came up with this all on my own.
The Family Car
Hi! I’m Charlie the family car. I also have a friend named Herbert. Ever since I was made I’ve known Herbert. Sometimes we see each other on the road. My owner’s are John the father, Darri the mom, Jennifer the daughter, and Chris the son. Anyway, today John is going to take me to Papa Gino’s. That makes me feel good because I’m used every Tuesday. I was red, but now I’m black.
The Next Day
Today I’m feeling sad. I’m sad because at this very moment I’m at a car sale. My family gave me up because last night I wouldn’t go anywhere. I miss Herbert alot.
Two Days Later
My family took me back after I got repared!
I’m so happy! Now every Thursday my owners go to Herbert’s house. I live a very happy life now. Well I have to go to soccer practice now.
T H E E N D
The mind of a car is less of a mystery now. ;D
The Three Men [A Limerick]
There once was a man named Larry
And his back was every so hairy
He had a friend named Moe
And another named Joe
And they all looked ever so scary
One dark and stormy night two kids were walking by the old, abandoned house when they heard a noise coming from the house. So they decided to go in. They saw something lurking in the shadows. They saw it and screamed. The two kids were never seen again.
(Two Months Later)
“So Joe, do you want to go to the mall with me?” asked Nancy.
“Well I guess so,” replied Joe. So Nancy and Joe headed to the mall and on their way they saw Sue.
“Hey Sue! Over here.” shouted Nancy. Sue turned around.
“Do you want to come to the mall with us?” questioned Nancy.
“Sure.” said Sue. So all three of them headed off to the mall. As they were walking they passed the old abandoned house. They heard a strange noise coming from inside the house.
“What’s that noise?” asked Sue.
“I don’t know. It’s coming from that haunted house.” said Joe.
“Let’s go check it out.” replied Nancy. So Nancy, Joe, and Sue went into the old house.
“Yuck!” It smells like rotten eggs in here!” replied Nancy.
“The is coming from upstairs.” said Joe. The kids headed up the stairs to the attic. When they got upstairs to the attic they saw this strange figure lurking in the shadows. It was getting closer, and closer. Sue found a flashlight on the floor and shined it on the shadow. It was a cat. The cat walked up to Nancy and purred.
“Hello kitty.” said Nancy in a soft tone.
“Well maybe we should go down and check out the basement. Now that we know nothing is up here can we move on?!” asked Joe (who was getting a little bored.)
“O.K.” said Nancy. She gave the cat a kiss on the head then then followed Sue, and Joe down the stairs. In no time they were in the basement. It was dark and damp…very damp.
“The noise is coming from over there.” said Joe as he pointed in front of them.
“It’s getting dark out, maybe we should come home.” said Sue who was getting a little scared.
“Now way.” replied Joe. Then all of a sudden they saw it. It was coming closer and this time it wasn’t a cat. Sue shined the light on the figure.
“It’s a ghost!” screamed the kids. Sue dropped the flashlight and they all ran up the stairs and out of the house as fast as they could. When they were outside Nancy said, “I think we saw a ghost.”
“Oh yeah.” said Joe who was out of breath.
“I say we should go back tomorrow at noon and check it out again.” said Nancy who was still excited about seeing a ghost.
“Allright.” said Joe and Sue.
“We will meet at the apple tree across the street.” said Nancy. So the next day at noon they met there.
“Well, we should head in now don’t you think?” asked Nancy. The kids went back into the old house.
This time it smelled like dead rats, which didn’t smell too good. Then they head someone yell, “Help!”
It was coming from the basement. They went downstairs and they saw the ghost and the two kids that were missing two months ago! The ghost looked like Mr. Henderson, the man who died here.
“Don’t come any closer or I’ll throw the kids in the hole!” said Mr. Henderson. All of a sudden Sue took out a rock and threw it at Mr. Henderson. It hit him off the head and he fell into the hole.
“Wow! Thanks!” said the kids happily. So Joe, Sue, Nancy, and the two kids all went home and Mr. Anderson’s house was turned into the neighborhood playground.
My favorite part is where the house smelled like “dead rats” because there’s no way I would know what dead rats smelled like. I also enjoyed Mr. Henderson’s sudden name change, and the vague details of the end. I’d like to know what those two kids lived on for two months, and why Mr. H kept them alive so long. Also…what was in the hole? The positive aspect of the ghost house being turned into a playground really reflects on the karmic punishment of being a mean old ghost man. ;D
Unfortunately that’s all I have of my old stories for now. I remember in high school getting rid of a lot of notebooks, but now I wish I hadn’t because I’m sure those stories would be real gems. Maybe if I’m lucky my dad saved some more of them.