I'm so excited to have won Honorable Mention in Vivian Kirkfield's #50PreciousWords Contest. It's always great to practice writing a whole story in just 50 words, especially when the average word length for picture books is getting shorter and shorter.
GUIDELINES FOR #50PRECIOUSWORDS: Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, that has a total word count of 50 or less. More about the contest can be found on Vivian's blog.
Here is my Honorable Mention entry...an ode to my childhood dog, Sarah, our sweet Cocker Spaniel who lived to be 17 years young. She filled our lives with laughter, loyalty, and love. She enjoyed walks on the beach, any and all food, and a good old-fashioned snuggle. We had to say goodbye to our sweet girl the day after Christmas 2019. It was one of the hardest things I have yet to do. We miss you and love you, Sarah.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France
One Last Time
By Amanda Davis
Word Count 48
The decision is clear.
I breathe in your soft, black coat.
Twelve years of sweetness.
My fingers trace the contours of your snout.
Twelve years of memories.
One last kiss.
One last hug.
Your eyes close.
I whisper goodbye.
One last time.
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Who Am I?
Amanda Davis is a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses her words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. Amanda is the author of the award-winning picture book, 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag, Moonlight Memories (summer, 2023) and a yet to be announced forthcoming title. She also has poetry and illustrations featured in The Writers’ Loft Anthology: Friends & Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children. Amanda has over ten years of experience as a classroom teacher and was selected as Massachusetts Secondary Art Educator of the Year. When she’s not busy creating, you can find her sipping tea, petting dogs, and exploring the natural wonders of The Bay State with her family and her rescue pup, Cora. You can learn more about Amanda at www.amandadavisart.com and on Twitter @amandadavisart and Instagram @amandadavis_art.