Well, well, well. Somehow we’ve made it to the end of yet another year. And once again we have Susanna Hill’s 7th Annual Holiday Contest.
- 250 words or fewer,
- written for children ages 12 and under, and
- must contain a holiday surprise of some kind.
Mine is 248 words. Here goes…..
By Jilanne Hoffmann
Battling Betty, Fleecetown’s bully, toppled snowmen on their faces.
Tattling Teddy, Fleecetown’s ratfink, watched from secret hiding places.
Tattling Teddy documented everything that Betty said.
“I’m not stinky!” “I’m not ugly!” “I’m no stupid poopyhead!”
In the wake of shattered snowmen, children gathered lumps of coal.
What they’d give to battle Betty, gang up on her sour soul.
Mrs. Flunk, the principal, captured Betty by the school.
“Unacceptable behavior! It’s against the golden rule!”
Fleecetown’s children cheered with gusto! Betty’d get what she deserved.
Flunk would break her battling spirit. Finally justice would be served.
Maybe Betty’d be suspended! Thrilling rumors raced through town.
But then something unexpected turned the children upside down.
Tattling Teddy called a meeting, bringing kids from near and far.
“I’ve been watching you,” said Teddy. “I am Santa’s avatar!”
“Every one of us is naughty. No one here is being nice.
We all need to change for better. Santa’s put our gifts on ice.”
“Everyone’s been mean to Betty. Betty’s being mean right back.
Let’s extend an olive branch, instead of planning to attack.”
Mrs. Flunk stepped to the forefront. “I will pledge to be more kind.”
One by one they took the pledge. Even Betty changed her mind.
Children gathered olive branches and rebuilt their snowmen, too.
Living proof, in Santa’s eyes, that their change of heart was true.
Now these snowmen serve as symbols; kind behavior will not cease.
That’s why all their hands are branches, gesturing in signs of peace.