Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Valentiny Contest Entry

Here is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's Valentiny Writing Contest! Enjoy!

I'm Not A Hugger!
By Francis S. Poesy
(Word Count: 214)

Ugh! Another family gathering, another hug-fest.

Or more like a hug-tastrophe.

"Now when you meet your Great-Aunt Valentine, tell her you are happy to meet her and give her a big hug!"

"I'm not a hugger, Mom."

"Oh, don't be silly, sweetheart. You hug me all the time."

"Uh yeah, you're my mom."

"Well, your great-aunt is family. You should give her a hug."

*I'm not a hugger*

"Don't mumble, dear."

"I've never even met Aunt Valentine! Why should I hug her?"

"Because it's Valentine's day, and it's her 100th birthday party. It would be a nice gesture."

"It's not a nice gesture if she's not a hugger."

"Oh, honey, everyone's a hugger."

*I'm not a hugger*

"Sweetheart, stop mumbling."

I hope Aunt Valentine isn't a hugger.


"Sweetheart, this is Aunt Valentine! Do you have something to tell her?”

“Happy Birthday, Aunt Valentine. I’m happy to meet you. *I’m not a hugger*.”

“Don’t mumble, dear. Speak up so I can hear you.”


I kind of yelled that part.

“I’m not much of a hugger, either. In fact I’m about all hugged out. How about a hand shake?”

I took Aunt Valentine’s hand.

She smiled. I smiled back.

She winked at me. I winked back.

I might be a winker!


Anonymous said...

*chuckling here* This is such a cute story. I wish you well with it.

McMarshall said...

Always good to have a "winker" in the family. This story is a lot of fun. Good luck.

Amanda Sincavage said...

Love that ending! Great character development!

Mary Ann Cortez said...

This is cute and clever. Good luck!

F. S. Poesy said...

Thank you everyone for the encouragement. This is a fun contest (with some honestly amazing prizes). Good luck to all!

Gregory E Bray said...

Handshakes and winks for the win. Good luck!

Rose Cappelli said...

Very cute story. I think many kids could relate to not being a hugger. Best of luck!

Kari Ann Gonzalez said...

Love the ending. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that Aunt Valentine and the child found a "wink" as common ground for their interaction. Sweet ending! Good luck!

Franziska said...

That's a great message for kids! Hugs are not the only way to express love :-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tim - that's delightful ... loved the story line - and how often did we, do we fall into either category! Clever ... I think I'm a winker now! Cheers Hilary

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Hahaha! Your MC is so believable, Tim! There are quite a few "not-huggers" out there, including some at my house! :) Glad MC and Aunt Valentine found a way to compromise :) Thanks for joining in the contest fun!