Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Holiday Short Story Contest; THE WINNERS, GRADES 7-12 Second Place Grateful

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Holiday Short Story Contest; THE WINNERS, GRADES 7-12 Second Place Grateful

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Byline: Videll Williams

"Commander, we're not going to make it! The helicopter is going down!" shouted Ghost. "Boys, it has been nice serving with you all these past couple of years, but I will see you all on the flip side."

The dramatic music solemnly plays as Tom's brand new first-person shooter is completed. "Why must they insist on making these videogames so simple and boring?" Tom thought to himself. He had just received the videogame two days ago for his birthday and he had already bested it. "This is absurd, asinine in fact. Mom!"

"Yes Tom?"

"I need you to take me to GameStop to purchase the latest Black Ops, OK?" he enthusiastically said.

"What about the game that your father and I just brought you for your birthday? It's only been two days, right?"

"Yes, but it was too easy. Please, Mom?"

This was a continuous routine between mother and son in the Smith's household. But this time, Mom was finished. "You need to learn to appreciate what you have, Tom. Many kids today would love to have just one of your Call of Duty games or the clean Polo shirts you wear to school. The thought of the $400 HTC phone you have is something some kids would never dream of. Start by being grateful for what you do have, and then you might stop asking for a new game every week."

"I'm plenty grateful Mom, I don't know where you get the notion that I'm not. I'm done with this; I'm going to ask Dad."

"One of these days he's going to begin to appreciate me and all of his knick-knacks around this house," Mom thought to herself. …

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