John Marsden Writing Topic #580

Write a description of someone whose whole life is controlled by TV ads.**

Lucky Numbers

Lisa had a busy day today.

She miraculously managed to get herself life insurance from Real, despite only being two short years off her age reaching triple digits, she bought some cooking products from Danoz Direct, and even make-up from Maybelline, even though she didn’t leave the house much these days.

Towards the end of her busy day, she channel surfed until she finally found what she had been really looking forward to all day – the glamorous woman in a red dress, reading out numbers on coloured balls drawn out of the air mix machine behind her.

Guessing the numbers everyday were a nice, fun little game for Lisa, although usually nothing would come of it.

She felt a little thrill when the first number drawn was the day of her birth, an additional squeak of laughter came out of her mouth when the next number was the month of her birth, followed by another bout of excitement when the third number drawn was her (abbreviated) birth year.

However, disbelief and shock started to wash over her when the following numbers on the screen showed her the number of children she had, the month she married her long-departed husband, the number of grandchildren she has, and the number of her great-grandchildren.

The final number, the big one, was her long-time lucky number but regarded as unlucky by most, 13.

She didn’t know what to do with this too-late-in-life changing news or with herself now, other than to change the channel, where she found a supermarket ad about a never-ending Christmas lunch. She started making a shopping list in her head, wondering how many of her family members would show up, either for her, her food, or now her newfound wealth.  

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

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