Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge!
I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
H wants to do something fun, before the weekend is over.
“Ice cream. . . Or, we could do the dollar store challenge!”
I look up from my work. “The dollar store challenge?” I ask him with my eyebrows up, and a sigh in my voice.
“You give us each $3.00. We buy our things and bring them home to see who can create the best art project.”
“Okay.” I agreed. “That’s what we’ll do. 3 things though. No more than 3.”
At the dollar store, I remember that I don’t really love the dollar store. Also, I’m not quite as creative as my 12 year old.
But, I find 3 things, and I have the start of an idea. A sticker flip book!
I remind Mr. Thought that he has to pick 3 things too, and soon we are checking out. I briefly wonder if the dollar store clerk thinks our purchases are odd. Sure, we have my stickers, notebook and plastic container. But there is also a plastic pot, some sort of tulle, fake flowers, a bag of soldiers, a lego flat, a pack of Pokémon cards, a mini kitchen set, a small football and some cartoon clips. Is this what people usually spend $12.00 on at the dollar store?
At home we get right to work. We need to finish in 5 minutes. I am struck by creative genius: My flip book will represent my weekend. I get right to work.
It really ends up quite the dramatic flip book. It shows how I start my weekends with such hope. I hope for chores to get done, children to listen, my work to move forward, maybe a book read and a movie watched… And then as Saturday morning turns into Saturday afternoon, I lose hope. My kids don’t want to do chores, I am running everyone every where instead of reading or working. By Sunday, I have gotten over my frustrations, given into the mess, and chilled out a bit.
I title my story: A Mommy’s Weekend, and slip it into the plastic container. I am finished with the first ever production from #InsideTheBox Films. I just know I’ll be the winner of this first ever Dollar Store Challenge. It’s genius! Everyone laughs as they flip the pages.
The boys and Mr. Thought are finished with their creations too, and it is time to vote.
We aren’t allowed to vote for our own, so I vote for Mr. Thought’s Gooseball.
Unfortunately for me, everyone besides Mr. Thought votes for Gooseball too.
I should have known the artist of the family would win. I believe in “failing up” though, so I’m going to take what I’ve learned from this competition and bring it to the next Dollar Store Challenge!