Writer’s Notebook Wednesday

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This is my first contribution to Writer’s Notebook Wednesday! It is a personal narrative I have been writing alongside my class:

As we pulled into the stranger’s driveway, the excitement in the car grew. The garage door was open and we could see two golden-fleeced puppies playing in a large crate.

“We are definitely getting one!” Megan exclaimed. We all laughed, but we knew it was true. We could never leave without a puppy, having seen them.

Quickly, we piled out of the Rav-4 and introduced ourselves to the breeder. She let us know that the boy was the one wearing a green collar and that the little girl was the one in the pink collar. The boy was already reserved but the little girl was available.

“Go ahead, you can let them out and play with them. Take them out on the front lawn!” the breeder said. Megan rushed to the cage and opened the latch.

A tangle of legs and tails piled out, all golden and fluffy. Yip yip! Both puppies raced towards the lawn, tumbling over their unsteady legs wagging tails. We watched them play with each other, racing around the lawn and garden, wrestling and playing. Megan chased the little girl and then sat down in the garage. Without a sound, the little girl slowly approached. She sniffed Megan’s foot expectantly and before we could say a word, she threw herself into Megan’s lap! We were in love! After a few more minutes, Megan scooped up the puppy in her arms and said in a decided voice, “We are getting her!”.

With a laugh, we turned to the breeder and made it official. As the money was turned over and the contract was signed, we made our way to the car with our new baby girl. After an hour of playing outside with her brother, meeting a whole new family, and being adopted- she was exhausted. As we pulled out of the driveway, she snuggled up on the backseat, between all of us. As she slept soundly, surrounded by the love of her new family, Mom leaned back and said, “Welcome home, Lucy”.

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing . . . and joing WNW. I love how you weave the details together to paint a very clear picture in my mind. (I also like the phrase “a tangle of legs” I’m jotting that down in my notebook right now . . . )
    :)

  2. Hi, you! I have a question to ask, that being a middle school teacher I think you’ll know the answer to, and thought it would be most appropriate to contact you through this medium as it’s quite on topic (and everyone likes blog comments!)

    I’m currently doing a project where I’m creating an index for Young Adult novels (specifically fantasy). One of my categories is going to be for “Distinctions” where I’m going to list… well, distinctions given to particular books (awards, or possibly “best sellers” though I’m not sure if my professor would consider the latter appropriate). So far the only award I know of for young adult books is the Newberry Medal. Are there any other awards given to books in that age group that I could list? You know how to find me ;)

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