John Marsden Writing Topic #290

‘If you ignore your children they’ll make themselves known somehow.’ Write a story about a child in this situation.**

Acting Out

I made sure that it only happened in public.

Nothing was the same once mum and dad brought the tiny one home. They only wanted to spend time with it and not me, and things weren’t much better when other people were around. Even Nanna and Pop ignored me when they visited a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t get the cookie that they’d always bring over with them.

Something had to be done and I knew it could only happen in the one public place where she had to go where there would be the most people.

I asked her for the chocolate bar and she said no, like I thought. I made sure I was loud, crying, screaming and wouldn’t stop. I made sure that everyone looked at me, including her, she kept saying ‘sorry’ before picking me up and leaving without the chocolate bar.

I may have been in trouble but at least she couldn’t ignore me anymore.

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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