In fifth grade, my class was assigned a creative spring project and one of the options for the project was to write and illustrate a book, and read it aloud to the first graders at my school.
Write a book!
And read it to my very first audience!
By age eleven, I was pretty darned positive I would grow up to be an author, so naturally I was pumped by this option. Exuberantly, I pulled out my binder paper and markers and got right to work. I ripped off a storyline from one of my favorite cartoon Easter movies, using my collection of stuffed animals as characters instead of the characters from the cartoon.
(Because if you rip off a storyline that has already been proven to be great, yours is automatically great, too. Didn't you know?)
(Also, I didn't understand the concept of plagiarism until middle school)
My story is long, but here is a sample:
They fall down a rabbit hole...
They wreak havoc.
An EPIC adventure tale, I tell ya.
Gracie had me read this story to her the other day, and she thinks eleven-year-old Marisa was brilliant. It's so very nice having fans. However, in usual Marisa fashion, I then proceeded to give her a lecture on plagiarism and after a couple minutes, her eyes glazed over and her head exploded and she shouted out, "BOING!"
(In our house, BOING! is the girl's mercy word, which they came up with in order to handle situations in which Mommy talks too much about boring, over-their-head subjects)
Sometimes I forget she's only five.
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Happy Easter to all you Easter celebrators out there! And to everyone else - have a great weekend!