When I was a kid, Christmas morning consisted of tired eyes, hands ripping through wrapping paper and pleas of “Can we play with it nowwww…..Pleeeeease?”
My poor parents looked as if Santa Claus had forgotten to give them the gift of 5 hours more sleep.
We’d be overjoyed with Santa’s stash that he left in our living room and although our home lacked a fireplace, we didn’t question the fact that he arrived somehow and squeezed underneath our front door, perhaps.
One Christmas, when I was about 7, Santa brought us a Barbie camper…
It wasn’t the Barbie dream house…but instead, it was a rolling piece of real estate!
Barbie and her friends (Ken, and a couple of wanna-be Barbies) would spend countless hours, driving across the Mojave desert in search of cool places to barbeque (better known as my bedroom floor, but as a 7-year old, your imagination runs wild).
The Barbie camper represented freedom for this 7-year old. I would imagine the places I would visit as soon as I got older – the distances I would drive and the hamburgers I’d cook on the camper’s pull-out patio.
Thanks to my mother, who has kept virtually all our childhood toys, the Barbie camper still lives…somewhere amongst the dust bunnies and spiderwebs in the basement…
Perhaps this weekend, I should go visit and give the ol’ camper a whirl? I’m sure there are places I’ve yet to visit and Barbie would sure look pretty cool as my co-pilot …..
Number of words = 246
Written in 5 minutes, uninterrupted
Thanks to my dear blogging friend, Britta, who had nominated me for a fun, lightning-fast, writing challenge.
The “Free Style Writing Challenge” topic that she chose to give me was “Childhood toy(s)” as I wrote about above.
Here are the guidelines for this writing challenge.
- Open an MS Word document
- Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes, whichever challenge you think you can beat.
- You topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
- Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you begin writing, do not stop even to turn or to edit.
- Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)
- You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However if you do, it would be best.
- At the end of your post write down “Number of words =_____” so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
- Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic that you choose for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).
I’ve decided to change the rules a bit and nominate anyone out there in the blogosphere who would like to participate in this free-flowing writing activity!
So drumroll, please….Here’s my free-style writing topic that I’d like to pass on to you:
(Sorry folks, outdoor barbeque season is upon us and I swear it’s the first word that came to mind!)