On August 5, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) assigned a two-pronged prompt:
- In 99 words (no more, no less) write the common premise: “I ran over a deer (or other animal) and have decided to nurse it back to health.”
- But before you write, daydream. Do something outside of your normal routine for 10 minutes. Go outside, sit and stare into space. Rest in a meditative yoga pose. Lock yourself in the bathroom. Mow the lawn, or do the dishes. Let your mind wander to the story and daydream before you write it.
Here is what I came up with:
The Newest Member of the Class
The first morning drive on the first day of a new school year; my mind raced faster than the car, though an unexpected speed bump decelerated my brainstorming.
“Boys and girls,” my opening more rattled than welcoming, and I drew the students’ attention to the Toto-like Cairn I ran over, who rested injured in a box.
Inquisitive hands shot up with wonderings, and every answer led to us nursing the dog back to health.
We rallied around the thirty-sixth member on the roster, and it was the greatest form of team building that I never want to experience again.