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CIS Secondary Library: Y11 Creative Writing - World Languages

Y11 Creative Writing

Creative Writing by Ardea Smith

Fallas (Valencia) and other celebrations

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A figure of a Fallas monument pictures U.S. President Donald Trump during the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain March 16, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Heino Kalis.

Celebration stories: 

"On my 10th birthday, my mom got a piñata. My best friend was trying to hit the piñata, and on his backswing, he clocked me right in the forehead. On his forward swing, he broke open the pinata. All of my friends saw the candy and immediately rushed to it while I was laying on the ground bleeding with a huge gash right above my eyebrow. I had to go to the hospital and get five stitches."


"I was 10 or 12 years old and in Philadelphia on holiday with the family. We were going to the car to go celebrate my birthday. The car is parked on the side of the road and I had to get in on the driver side due to the passenger door not working. I regrettably was wearing dress shoes and I learned real quick that dress shoes and icy roads don't mix.

"I slipped and fell right on my back. I was going to get up but saw a car coming. I didn’t react fast enough and the car ran right over my foot and the rear tire rested on top of my foot.

"Now you can imagine the sound a child would make getting their foot run over, but me, I got it run over three times. The driver freaked out and popped the car in reverse and then the front tire was resting on my foot (more screaming from me) and then rolled forward.

"Luckily, at the hospital, the doctor said my foot was saved by the shoe because the dress shoe was a size too small. My parents joked about it, saying ‘So what do you think of your birthday gift?’ I was on crutches for two weeks and [am now walking just fine]."


"I had a big 10th birthday party and got a scooter as my big present. My mom invited a kid I didn't like because she was friends with his mom. This kid ends up stealing my scooter and taking it home. When I told my mom about it she just told me, ‘He's your friend. Let him keep it. That's what friends do.’ No, mom. It's been 11 years and I still want my scooter back."


Christmas stories: 

“We went out as a family and cut down a tree. Two days later, our cat started attacking the tree. We realized it was covered with praying mantis babies. There were hundreds of them. We dragged our infested tree out of the house in the middle of the night a week before Christmas. It was horrible and I still have nightmares about it!”