It’s time once again for another one of Susanna Hill’s wonderful writing contests! This is the tenth year of the holiday contest and my third year participating. The 2018 holiday contest was my first kid lit writing contest ever. The rules are to write a holiday story for children (ages 12 and under) that involves helping. Check out the rules and all the stories here.
A GUMMY GOOSE FOR GOOD LUCK
By Sarah Meade
Word Count: 250
Jill’s granny always said to eat a gummy goose on New Year’s Eve for good luck.
After her family moved, Jill needed some good luck– and some friends.
“I’ve gotta get a gummy goose for good luck!” Jill said.
“Better hurry,” said Mom. “Candy Castle closes at four.”
She passed an icy driveway. A girl mumbled and grumbled.
“I’ll help!” Jill pulled the stuck shovel.
“Thanks! I’m Lucy.”
“I’m Jill. I’m getting a gummy goose for good luck. Bye!”
Jill passed the post office. A lady fumbled and stumbled.
“I’ll help!” Jill gathered up the dropped mail.
“Thank you! I’m Ingrid.”
“I’m Jill. I’m getting a gummy goose. Bye!”
She passed the park. A boy flailed and wailed.
“Need help?” asked Jill.
The boy clutched a leash. “I can’t find Snowball!”
They looked and looked.
“Thank you! I’m Aiden.”
Jill charged inside.
“One gummy goose, please!”
The shopkeeper sighed. “Sorry. Sold out.”
Jill’s eyes filled with tears.
She mumbled and grumbled. She fumbled and stumbled to the door. Outside she flailed and wailed.
She trudged home.
No gummy goose.
No good luck for the New Year.
That night Jill skipped the New Year’s countdown.
In the morning, she plodded outdoors.
“Hi, Jill! Want to go sledding?”
At the park…
Aiden and Snowball!
“Meet my grandchildren!”
Even without a gummy goose, the new year felt pretty lucky.
The idea of a gummy goose for good luck was inspired by the peppermint pigs sold by Saratoga Candy Co.
Thank you for reading!