In Response to today’s Daily Post
Hey blog world! We all know the age old excuse “My dog ate my homework!” Well, I once had to tell my teacher a slightly different (and completely truthful, this was no excuse!) alteration of that, the “millennial version” if you will. “My cat stole my thumb drive!” Here is what happened.
During my last year of high school, I took writing as an elective. I love blogging and writing books so I thought that taking a writing course would be a great way not only to practice my skills, but to improve on them even more and learn a few new things along the way!
One of the units in that course was short stories. We learned about character development, conflict, and lots of other things. The final assignment of that unit was of course to write a short story! I spent several weeks brainstorming ideas and writing and re-writing my rough draft and final copy of the story. Here is an abridged version of what I came up with. I called the story “Mormon Fever”.
Atlantic Light Theatre had selected “The Book Of Mormon” as their next production at the Arts and Culture Center. After months and months of hard work conducting auditions, holding rehearsals, finding costumes, building sets, etc. the time had finally come to put on the show! Unfortunately, on opening day, the lead actor, Jeremy Wells came down with a terrible fever and was unable to perform. Very disappointed, as this was his dream role, he called Jacinta Mackey-Graham, the co-director of Atlantic Light to break the news to her.
She and her partner Doug Vaughan were not terribly discouraged at first. Situations like this are what understudies are for! Unfortunately, the understudy, Evan Smith was also unable to go on! He was needed at Spirit of Newfoundland because Bill Brennan, the pianist that was scheduled to play at Spirit that night was at the Health Sciences Center in a full body cast! At a recent performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” he had been crushed by an audience member who fell into the orchestra pit and landed directly on top of him! Still hopeful that they might find someone else, Jacinta and Doug called every other male actor in St. John’s that they could think of, Peter Halley, Justin Nurse, Keith Power, etc. none of which were able to perform for one reason or another!
Unable to do “Book Of Mormon” without an Elder Price, Jacinta and Doug sadly made the decision to call off the show. They both headed to the Arts and Culture Center to let the cast and the box office staff know the awful news. As Jacinta made her way to the rehearsal room, she heard a voice singing “I Believe“. It was like nothing she had ever heard before, so breathtaking and captivating! She turned the corner and found that it was the Arts and Culture Center’s elderly janitor who possessed that golden voice. Jacinta begged him to do the show, which he happily agreed to! Everyone was happy that the show would go on after all and the audience absolutely loved it!
Due to my Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (I was born without the wide band of fibres that connects the left and right sides of my brain), my fine motor skills aren’t the best and thus my penmanship is similar to a toddler’s! Because of my messy, chicken scratch penmanship, all through school I’d used a laptop to write my notes and complete assignments. In High School, I was given a thumb drive so that I could save my assignments, notes, etc. on that and take it home with me instead of having to email my notes and things to myself.
On the day that the short story assignment was due, I took my thumb drive off my desk, where I always kept it, and walked out to the kitchen, where my backpack was waiting so I could put it in the front pouch. When I got to the kitchen, nature suddenly called, so I put my thumb drive on the buffet and went to the washroom. When I returned, the thumb drive had disappeared!!! I was in full on panic mode now! That thumb drive contained not only the notes for all my courses, but my short story that was due that day!!! I looked everywhere for it, under the buffet, under the fridge, everywhere I could think of, but it was not there! I asked mom if she knew where it was and she said she had no idea. Prince Ozzy (my black cat who loves to play with bottle caps, buttons and any other small items he can find around the house) more than likely went off with it somewhere! I was not happy with Prince Ozzy, nor was I happy with myself. I shouldn’t have left the thumb drive on the buffet for him to find, knock down and play with.
Writing was my favorite subject in High School, I always looked forward to that class, but on that particular day, I dreaded having to go to writing! As soon as the first bell rang, signaling all the students to go to their first period class, I solemnly walked into the the room. When the teacher asked us for our assignments, I told him that my cat stole my thumb drive. I honestly didn’t think he’d believe me and would be mad that I came up with such a ridiculous excuse, thankfully he said “It’s ok. I believe everything once.” Phew! I breathed a huge sigh of relief, extremely thankful for that unexpected pardon! Then, something even more miraculous happened! The principal made an announcement over the PA system asking me to come to the office. When I got there, what should I find but my thumb drive waiting for me there on the desk! Hallelujah! I walked back to the classroom, happily told the teacher the news, printed off my assignment and handed it in on time! Yay!
When I got home that day, I asked mom where she had found it and she said that Prince Ozzy had accidentally slid it underneath the pantry. I was very thankful that she found it and managed to get it to me on time to pass in the assignment! From then on, I was much more careful with my thumb drive.