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Rated: E · Fiction · Children's · #2080700
After some of her art show items are damaged, young girl needs a new idea.
Allie and the Art Show

Kathleen McNamara

The bus ride home from school seemed to be taking a lot longer today. Allie was in a real hurry to get home. There was a lot of work to do on her project and she could not wait to get started. Her closest friend Sophie sat with her on the bus. She lived a few houses up the street from Allie. The old school bus rattled its way up the street to the corner stop. Allie was in such a hurry to get off the bus she was sitting on the edge of her seat.

“You are the only person I know who loves to do homework,” said Sophie frowning at her friend.

Before Allie could answer, the bus squealed to a stop and the driver opened the doors. The two girls and a group of older students climbed down the steps to the sidewalk. Allie got off first and turned around to talk to Sophie.

“It’s not homework, Sophie,” she said, “it’s my art show project.” She was going to continue but her friend and the other kids had stopped. They were pointing at her house laughing. Allie turned around to see what they were looking at. Even she could not help but laugh at the sight. There in the driveway was a black bear holding some kind of plastic container. But you could not see the bears face because it was inside the container!

Sophie laughed and said, “That bear is trying to be Winnie the Pooh! He thinks that container is a honey pot!” All of the laughter caught the attention of the bear. It dropped the container and ran down the hill behind Allie’s house.

At that point, Allie’s mom came out of the front door and called to the bus driver.

“It’s okay, Mrs. Cullver, the bear went down into the woods.” With that the bus driver closed the doors and with a wave, drove off. As the older kids walked to their homes, Sophie told Allie to call her when she was done with her project.

“ Okay,” she said and she ran down the hill and into the house.

“Hi Mom,” she said as she put her backpack on a kitchen chair. “Did you get the cans and containers cleaned out for me?”

Allie and her parents had collected a lot of tin cans and large plastic containers. Normally, all of these items would have gone into the large blue container for the town to recycle, but not this time. Those cans and containers were going to be painted and put together to make a robot. Now her robot would only be able to stand still, but she knew that was okay.

“I am only in fourth grade,” she thought to herself. “I need to learn so much more before I can make a walking and talking robot.”

Allie’s mom answered, “Yes I did, but we have a problem. I left the garage door open for them to dry. While I was in the back garden, the bear went inside the garage and got into the containers. I am so sorry honey, but the bear smashed a lot of the cans and now there are not enough to make your robot.”

Allie was disappointed but could see that her mom was so upset.

“That’s okay Mom,” she said. “I will just have to come up with another idea.”

Her mom gave her a hug and said, “You know, I took a picture of that bear because I thought your dad might like to see it. I was able to capture a picture with my cell phone camera.”

“Let me see it,” said Allie. When her mother showed her the picture of the bear with its face in the can, Allie looked at her mother and gave her a really big smile.

“I got it!” Allie was jumping up and down with excitement. “I know what I am going to do now! Can you print off a really big copy of that picture for me Mom?”

“ Sure,” she answered, “but why?”

“You’ll see,” called Allie as she ran up the stairs to her bedroom.

Finding all of the things she needed, Allie raced back down the stairs to the kitchen. Her mother was waiting for her with a copy of the picture. She watched as Allie put the colored pencils, paper and paints she was holding on the table.

“What are you going to do with all those art supplies?”

“I am going to paint this picture of the bear. Then on one side of the display I will put your picture and on the other side I will put my painting. I even have a title for my project!”

Smiling at Allie, her mother asked, “You have a title picked out already?”

“Yes I do,” she said with a big smile. “I am going to call my project “The Bear Ate My Homework!”

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