The assignment:Your job is to write a story (true or made-up), poem, song, letter... whatever strikes you ABOUT one of the three themes. You must INCLUDE all 10 words. Wild cards words may be used in addition to or in place of the main 10 words.
A couple of tricks to this are: If you get stuck on a word use it as a title for something or a name. You may use any derivation of the word or put words together. Your imagination is the limit.
Themes to choose from:
A visit by your mother in law
Raising a Teenager
The words: Ostrich, goosebumps, magazines, soup, cats, lethargic, noodles, tequila, doorknob, biscuit
Wild card words: prehistoric, Jedi Knight, cactus, periscope, humor
And here is what I came up with at the very last minute... Whew! Not proofread... no time... must rush...
Aunt Kathie sat beside her nephew's bed rubbing her chin and scratching her head. The family's two cats lay in lethargic heaps on the end of the bed which was decorated with pictures of funny looking ostriches in different poses. This seemed to Aunt Kathie a bit incongruous with the Star Wars figures who adorned the mural on the wall, but she was no longer seven and lacked the creative expansiveness that went with youth. Much as she adored the energetic young boy who had run her ragged all day, she was beyond exhausted and trying desperately to come up with the promised bedtime story which would hopefully send him off to sleep and free her for the chicken and noodle soup, biscuits, and bottle of tequila which was calling her from down below. Still, eager as she was to see him off to sleep, it gave her goosebumps just to look at him, she loved him that much. So, she said, finally... a story, eh? What should it be about? Dinosaurs, he replied without a moment's pause. Dinosaurs? Hmmm... OK. Once upon a time a Jedi Knight named Marcellus discovered that he could travel through time using a magic doorknob. That's stupid, her nephew piped up. Well, stupid it may be, she replied, but that's how he did it. He went to many times and places. His first journey was to a beautiful desert full of many-branched cactuses, much like the desert here in Arizona where you live. On his second time travel adventure, he found himself on a submarine in the Atlantic Ocean and spent many happy hours watcing whales and yelling "Up periscope," to an increasingly irritated crew. His favorite, but alas his last, trip had been to prehistoric times where he saw many dinosaurs, t-rexes, brontosauri, pterydactyls.... these creatures were awesome and took his breath away even just remembering them. Alas and much to his dismay, one of the pterydactyls had gone and stolen his magic doorknob and although very fortunately he made it safely home, he was never again able to travel in time. And luckily for her, since she was now completely out of ideas for how to end this story, the eyes of her young nephew were closed and he was sound asleep. I love you she whispered. You have sweet dreams and I will have tequila and read some good humor magazines until your parents return home from the movies.
Whew. Got it done before midnight!