Jello did not like Valentine’s Day.
True, the holiday was fine. For everyone else. But for Jello? No one ever remembered to deliver a valentine specific to his – ahem – tastes.
“Jello,” shouted Hatchback. “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
Strawberries, a favorite of turtles. Disappointing. Putting on a smile, Jello croaked, “Thank you.”
“Hey, mellow Jello,” squawked Licorice. “Will you be my valentine?”
Corn, a crow’s go-to meal. No surprise. Jello belted out, “Thank you.”
“Ssssay, Jello, old buddy,” called Slinky. “Rosessss are red, berriessss are blue. You are my friend. Here, jusssst for you.”
Speckled eggs. Eww, shells. Pasting a pleased look on his face, Jello gulped, “Thank you.”
“Hi-de-ho, Jello,” chortled Twitch. “My heart belongs to you.”
Dandelions, and I’ve no rabbity teeth for gnawing. Jello grunted, “Thank you.”
“Sweet as honey, Jello,” roared Buzz. “BEE my valentine!”
Sticky honey. Ugh. It glued Jello’s mouth shut. Jello bellowed, “Thank you.”
No one indulged Jello with his favorite treat. Valentine’s Day was a bust.
“Jello-pie,” croaked Jiggle. “True love of mine, you’ve wiggled into my heart!”
Jello gasped! A valentine, just for him! Pink tasty worms. Perfect for his – ahem – tastes. Beaming, Jello barked, “Thank you!”
Maybe Valentine’s Day was not so bad after all. Jello shared his valentine treats with his friends.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Written by Angie Quantrell (214 words)
The Second Annual Valentiny Writing Contest: by Susanna Leonard Hill
The Contest: since writing for children is all about “big emotion for little people” (I forget who said that, but someone did so I put it in quotes!) and Valentines Day is all about emotion, write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is confused! Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone confused (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day You can go under the word count but not over! (Title is not included in the word count.) If you are so inclined, you are welcome to submit more than one entry – just remember you’ll be competing against yourself No illustration notes please!