An Elephant, an Aging Clown, a Broken Bone, and Plastic Surgery – My Story

This is one of two stories using the same prompts. My cousin, Jenny, and I are both writers and decided to each write a story using the same prompts. You will see two blog posts, one with her story and one with mine. The prompts came from a Storymatic Box, which I received for Christmas. We both took some liberties with the broken bone.
This is my story.

In the Shadows

The young man sat cross-legged in his usual hiding place, under the bleachers. Through the legs of the gathered townspeople, Ricky watched the old clown perform his routine. Horace waddled over in his big red shoes, stopping in front of a husband and wife. Laughter erupted from the crowd when he backed up, wiggled between the two, and put his arm around the wife.

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An Elephant, an Aging Clown, a Broken Bone, and Plastic Surgery – Jenny’s Story

This is one of two stories using the same prompts. My cousin, Jenny, and I are both writers and decided to each write a story using the same prompts. You will see two blog posts, one with her story and one with mine. The prompts came from a Storymatic Box, which I received for Christmas. We both took some liberties with the broken bone.

This is Jenny’s story.

         Humphrey tended to Bessie as lovingly as he would have his own child, if he’d had one. Caring for the elephants in the Zamziski Family Circus had been a lifetime appointment. His grandfather had cared for the first three elephants that Aldesto Zamziski had acquired when the fledgling circus had toured southern California in 1922. Three young Indian elephants – two girls purchased from a zoo, and a boy from a rich silent film actor who originally thought it would make a lovely yard decoration, but had changed his mind when the elephant had instead decorated the yard with something less than attractive. Continue reading “An Elephant, an Aging Clown, a Broken Bone, and Plastic Surgery – Jenny’s Story”

Back to School

When I left my teaching career earlier this year, I didn’t expect to return to any classrooms. Knowing that feelings can change, I left the door open, agreeing to join the substitute list when I became eligible October 1. When school began in August, I was thinking “no way!” to substitute teaching.  Continue reading “Back to School”