1. It must be a Valentine's story. 2. It must be appropriate for children (ages 12 and under). 3. It must be under 214 words. 4. It must include someone who is hopeful.
Good luck to all the contestants and thank you Susanna for the opportunity!
A Heartfelt Valentine
By Debbie Day
All the hearts gathered on Valentine’s Day
to hear what their president, Cupid, would say:
“The people are hoping for Valentine cheer.
What message of love can we send them this year?”
Every heart shouted the answers they thought:
“Love is like Nachos – it’s cheesy and hot!”
“You are my nut bar. You’re crunchy and sweet.”
“Hey there, I’m single…so please rub my feet!”
Then a small heart stepped in front of the crowd.
Boldly she stated her message out loud.
“Perfect,” said Cupid, “That’s what we’ll all say!
Just the right message for Valentine’s Day.”
Everyone cheered (well, the nacho guy frowned).
Then all the hearts rained on each city and town.
Some people scoffed at their heart-note surprise.
Others ignored it, while some rolled their eyes.
But all those who hoped for more love on that day,
smiled at the message and went on their way…
They said “hi” to strangers and held open doors.
They donated money and food at the stores.
They talked with their neighbors and friends far away,
to share the heart-message they’d read on that day:
“NO ONE’S THE SAME AND WE ALL DISAGREE,
BUT I CAN TREAT YOU LIKE I HOPE YOU’D TREAT ME.”