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State of Nature Story
“Bela!!!” I heard my mom’s voice come from the other room. “Yes?” I responded. “Come here this instant!!!”
“Ok.” I answered reluctantly. I got up and walked over to the small kitchen.
“Look at this poor cat! She’s hungry! When was the last time you fed her?” I didn’t have time to answer. “This is the eighth time this week! You are grounded until I say so!”
“Ok…” I muttered.
“Now go up to your room!”
I was sitting in my room glaring at the yellow wall. Grounded! I’ve been grounded? Ughh. All I did was forget to do my chores… On purpose... For the 8th time this week. I was thinking those thoughts angrily as the rest of the day slipped away. I was continuing thinking those thoughts as I went to bed. My last thought before I slipped away into sleep was… I wish there were no responsibilities, rules, or chores.
The next morning I woke up as the sunshine fell on my face. Ugh. I have to put my homework away and feed the cats, I thought. I got out of bed to brush my teeth. I trotted sleepily over to the bathroom. I pulled out my green toothbrush and grabbed the white tube on the counter. I squirted some white toothpaste onto my brush. I began to brush my teeth. What’s that taste? I wondered. Blech! It’s disgusting! I spat out my toothpaste and looked at the tube. “Glue!?!” I cried out in disgust. Who switched out my toothpaste for glue?
I could tell right away that this wasn’t going to be a good day.
I snatched my hairbrush with a tiger-striped pattern on it and began to brush my hair. Why won’t the brush go through my hair? I didn’t think my hair would have such bad knots in it. As I thought this, I tried to pull my hairbrush from my hair. Stuck. I yanked harder, and finally it came free. I could see there was some sticky pink gum in my hair, and hairbrush.
“Come On!” I exclaimed. I then heard giggling from behind the bathroom door.
“Mari!!! How dare you!!” I yelled, as I yanked the bathroom door open. “I’m going to tell mom and you’re going to be in huge trouble!” I ran to my mom and showed her my hair and brush. She shrugged and said, “So? Go wash it off.” I stared at her thoroughly aghast.
“So she should be in trouble! She put gum in my brush”
“I don’t see the problem.” Mom replied flatly. I groaned and left to go clean out my hairbrush and my hair.
I decided today was definitely not going to be a good day.
A while later I was at school, I walked into the classroom and I couldn’t believe my eyes! There was hardly anyone at school! About half of the entire class wasn’t even at school. And the half of the class that had actually showed were playing on the computers and having fun, not work. I walked up to Payton and demanded, ”What on earth is going on here?”
Payton replied, “I’m playing on the computer. What does it look like I’m doing?”
“Yes I see that,” I said trying to stay calm. “But why isn’t anyone doing any work, and why is half the class gone. Is there some sort of stomach bug going around?”
“No, it’s optional to go to school, most of us come to use the computers and the Wi-Fi. My computer broke down so I have to use the one at school. We aren’t working because we don’t want to work. Why isn’t this obvious to you?” I just looked at her. wondering whether she was serious or not, after a good look I realized she was completely serious.
Wow! I thought No schoolwork? I should still do work. If my mom is back to her normal self when I get home she will ask me what I did at school, and she would like to hear that I did some work.
Today is definitely turning out to be an interesting day.
I decided to go find Mr. Solarz, I looked around the room when I heard loud snoring, and I walked around to the back where Mr. Solarz was sleeping in the pillows.
“Mr. Solarz! Wake up! You have to teach me our morning lesson!” I yelled, hoping to wake him up.
“Go… Away…” Mr. Solarz mumbled, still half asleep.
“Not until school is over! You need to teach me!” I stubbornly declared.
“Fine.. First lesson… Just go read? Please? I’m trying to sleep!” Mr. Solarz grumbled putting a purple pillow over his head. Realizing trying to get Mr.Solarz to teach me was a lost cause I began to teach myself. I grabbed a history book and began to read.
Today is definitely an interesting day, my teacher won’t teach me?
Later that day, when it was almost time for me to get home, I decided I should start packing up so I went to grab my mail but there was none. I simply couldn’t understand, I knew there was mail, mainly because I did the job, along with everyone else's jobs. I looked around the class and realized people were shredding paper, and playing with it, they were making airplanes and folding it.
“That’s the mail!” I exclaimed, turning to Payton, “You can’t just take the mail and rip it up!”
“Why not? Oh, and by the way I hope you don’t mind, but I already destroyed yours.” Payton replied.
“What!?” I yelled, absolutely horrified.
“I said, ‘Why not? Oh, and by the way I hope you don’t mind, but I already destroyed yours.’ Duh, weren’t you listening?” Payton answered. I salvaged some mail which Payton hadn’t gotten to. The slightly crumpled mail was the best thing I could get.
“Hey, you don’t mind if I take this do ya?” Payton snatched the mail out my hands and went about shredding it. I gave up and packed my bags to get home.
Today is definitely not one of my better days.
On the way home I noticed how unkempt all the houses were. Some shingles were missing off the roofs, the lawn was overgrown, the weeds were uncontrollable, the sidewalk was cracked, but our neighbor’s house, which is usually so neat and clean was the worst. The windows were cracked, so many shingles were missing about only 12 were left on. Their yard was awful, the grass was up to my knees the weeds were everywhere. The sidewalk was merely a few pieces of cracked cement showing under the weeds.
Later that evening, my stomach rumbled, so I said,
“When are we going to eat dinner? I’m hungry!”
“Oh, we already ate dinner. But, you can get some cereal.” Mom replied.
“You ate dinner without me?” I asked.
“Sure, why not?” Mom replied.
Mom usually makes me eat dinner with the family. Now she’s not including me at dinner time. What’s going on?! I wondered all this as I got my cereal that Mom suggested.
Today is definitely a bad day.
It’s like I’ve entered an alternate universe. Where nothing is the same. All the rules that make our world are gone… I wish I had rules in my life again, even if it means feeding the cats…
I woke with a start. I sprinted downstairs as fast as I could. There was my mom, I decided to test her, to make sure it was all just a dream.
“Mom, do I have to feed the cats today?” I complained.
“Yes, you absolutely must feed the cats today, and the next, and every day after.” Declared Mom. That was all just a dream! I thought, relieved, as I fed the cats without complaint. I am always going to do my chores from now on, I thought.
Today is definitely an average day