It's another wonderful writing Contest from Susanna Hill. It was so much fun to write my Halloweensie stories back in October. It helped me fall back in love with Halloween. This time, it's about Holiday Hero's. I tend to be more of a non-traditionalist when it comes to holidays. I like to give Thanksgiving its due, and love the Winter Solstice as it marks the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. That means from then on, the days are getting longer again. Glenda Groundhog usually sleeps through them all, but not this year.
Glenda Groundhog’s Terrible Dream
By Sarah Tobias, 246 words
Pippa Rabbit, Vivian Fox, and Stanley Skunk spent the winter at Glenda Groundhog’s burrow.
The first frost came. Glenda said good night to her guests. She slept for many days and nights.
One evening, she startled awake. She ran through the burrow rousing everyone. “Did they move it? Have I missed Groundhog’s Day?”
“No,” Pippa soothed. “Today’s Thanksgiving. Join our feast.”
“Oh, my! What a terrible dream. Thank you. I’m not hungry. I must get some sleep.”
Weeks passed. Glenda bolted awake.
“Did they move it?” Glenda cried. “When is it?”
“No, Groundhog’s Day is still February 2nd,” replied Vivian. “Today’s the Winter Solstice. Here try a bite of mouse.”
“Oh, no! Fruits, nuts, and vegetables for me.”
Glenda waddled back to her den and fell fitfully asleep.
“We must do something,” Pippa whispered to the others. “She is losing too much weight.”
Vivian gathered nuts. Pippa found an apple. Stanley arrived with dried leaves and a long vine.
More days passed.
“Did they move it?” Glenda asked. Her tummy rumbled.
“No, Still on February 2nd,” smiled Pippa. “Today’s the New Year. Come and eat.
Glenda’s belly couldn’t resist nibbling on her favorites.
Stanley appeared dragging the vine with dried leaves attached.
“It’s a tutu.” Stanley beamed. “This is to help you remember.”
“It’s perfect! Now, No matter what I dream, I know Groundhogs Day is always on 2/2. Glenda hugged Stanley and crinkled back to her den and slept right through to Groundhog’s Day.