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This fine piece of writing comes to us from Lincoln City Taft Elementary student, Cameron Werner. Cameron is eleven. He was tasked with writing six paragraphs as a narrative for class. This is a true story. It has not been edited.
Trip to the Store
I get off the bus and look around for treasure. It’s just what I do.
I walk across the street and find a dollar on the ground. It’s my lucky day!
I take my new found wealth to IGA, the grocery store. Wandering through the aisles I stumble upon the candy section. My gaze falls on a Reese peanut butter bar. I grab the bar and head towards the checkout.
At the checkout I place the bar down and the lady scans it. “That will be $1.19.” She says.
I say, “But all I got is a dollar I found on the ground.” The lady looks at me and I can tell she feels bad. I start looking on the ground for change, somehow thinking I was going to come up with nineteen cents.
As I’m scrounging around, the guy behind me in line taps me on the back. He says “Hey kid, you on the ground is worth nineteen cents worth of entertainment to me!” He hands me a quarter and I give it to the lady. She smiles and says “Man I thought for a second it was gonna come out of my pocket!” they both laugh hard, I smile, wave, and leave feeling like a charity case.
As I walk home a seagull flys right in front of me and stops me dead in my tracks. It looks up at me wanting food. I throw a bit of Reeses at it and it gobbles it up. I’m not giving it any more of my charity candy, so I shoo it away. Where the bird was standing I see something shiny. I look closer and see a quarter.I run back to the store and hand the lady at the checkout the bird quarter. She looks at me funny and says “What’s this for?”I reply:
“Give it to the next kid that walks in here and tries to buy something and comes up short.”