Thursday, October 15, 2015

Writer's Workshop Adventure

Several years ago, my BFF talked me into attending the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. I forget the name of the workshop we signed up for, but we had a BLAST! One of our assignments was to write about something we had experienced from our perspective and then from the perspective of someone else who was involved with the same situation. We were limited to 150 words or less - I ran across my stories and thought I'd share.

Side note: This is a true story. I felt like I was living an episode of "I Love Lucy".

My Perspective:

It was a muggy Iowa July night. Hubby was hunting in South Dakota for a week, so it was me at the farm with our two little dogs.

"SCREECH!"

Wondering who was invading the house at 2 a.m., I bolted out of bed. Missy ran to cower behind the toilet, Sally shivered behind me.

The carbon monoxide alarm was screeching. I cranked open the windows.

"SCREECH!"

I ripped the alarm out of the plug and tried to get to the battery.

"SCREECH!"

I threw the alarm outside.

"SCREECH!"

The 9-1-1 operator calmed me as she dispatched fire fighters.

Catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror in my flimsy nightgown, I ran to the closet and pulled on jeans, a shirt and sandals. Makeup and tooth brushing followed. The bed got made.  OOPS! Forgot underwear. Back to the closet to undress, put on undies and dress again.

Four handsome young men arrived. Pointing to the room that was possessed, they marched in and one came out holding the alarm. In one confident motion, he replaced the battery and said, "Have a nice evening, ma'am."

Fireman's Perspective:

Being a fire fighter is an exciting job. I thrive on the action and challenge. July in Iowa can be particularly interesting with brush fires and river rescues.

Dispatch called the station at 2:20 a.m. A carbon monoxide alarm was going off in a home. Four of us launched into action and rocketed out of the station, lights flashing and sirens blaring. Every second counted.

Arriving at the home, we found a woman who looked like she was ready to serve us brunch. We could smell freshly brewing coffee and Danish. Makeup and hair perfect, dressed in a crisp white shirt, jeans and bejeweled sandals on pedicured feet, she pointed to the room where the alarm was housed.

While I tested the air, my buddy, Danny, pulled the alarm out of the wall socket, looked at me and winked.  "Easy, peasy," he said.

After handing the alarm with the new battery to the woman, we walked back to the truck.

Did I say my job was exciting? Maybe I should have described it as entertaining, too.


12 comments:

  1. I loved this story--
    I do find that memories from 2 different (or more) people during the same situation are all very different--at first it used to frustrate me to think the other person (s) where remembering it all wrong--I mean I was there, too--but have finally come to realize that we all see, feel, and experience the same things in different modes--
    smiles, di

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  2. Based on a true story? What a hoot! Thanks for sharing, haha

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  3. haha! Well, at least it all ended well. ;)

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  4. Two great short stories, Kim, they made me smile!

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  5. Hi Kim,I enjoyed both these stories and very interesting way at looking at one incident,well done my friend xx

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  6. Hilarious, thank you for my morning LOL!!AriadnefromGreece!

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  7. LOLOL! Loved them! I hope you got an A? :-)

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  8. So enjoyed your hilarious story - Thanks and happy stitching. Those firemen are kinda funny too

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  9. Great story! I'd like to read the third version, told from the point of view of Shirlee the Easily Influenced or Coni the Spinster Stitcher!

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  10. Had a lovely chuckle at your story, Kim :D

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  11. What a fun way to reinvent a story! I did chuckle out loud!

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