Story Contest: Work of Art - Melanie S. - 03/28/20

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Story Contest: Work of Art

Submitted by: Melanie S., age 9, Strongsville, OH

T-Shirt Designing

As I was driving home from school, I told my mom the news. “For the one hundredth day of school, we have to create shirts using one hundred of something. We only have a couple of days to finish it, though!”

We brainstormed what we were going to do the rest of the ride home. I told my mom I wanted to use gems and make an animal. My mom suggested I make a dragonfly. “Perfect!” I said excitedly.

When we came home, my mom gave me an orange shirt and said, “You should get gems and start making your big dragonfly.”

“Okay,” I said. I ran to our craft closet and got the supplies I needed: two bottles of tack glue and colorful gems. On the way to the kitchen table, the smell of dinner caught me. It was ribs. I love ribs.

I started working on my project right away. My mom helped me with my complex dragonfly design before she continued making dinner. At first, only some of the gems stuck to the shirt. I blamed it on the weak glue and tried a fresh bottle. Then it got very sticky. Glue was all over my shirt, and gems were all over the floor. Even though it was messy, by the time I had to go to bed, it was almost finished.

The next day, right after school, I added my last gems and let the shirt dry. I tried on the shirt, and it was a little bit too big on me. “That’s okay,” I said.

The next day I wore my dragonfly gem shirt, and everyone loved it. Throughout the day, five gems fell off. I put them in a small plastic bag so I could reglue them later. At the end of the day, I told my mom that my shirt was hard but fun to make. My sister said, “I want one, too.” We all laughed.

I told her,” Maybe in two years.” We all laughed again.

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