For Challenge 5, I picked activity 7 because I love creative writing and I feel like we do almost no creative writing in school. So, based on the picture below, I have come up with a (hopefully) entertaining and creative story that will (hopefully) entertain my readers. Enjoy!
There were once three boys, childhood friends, named Matt, Julian, and Gerard. When they were little they used to travel to the stream in Julian’s backyard, pretending they were explorers travelling thousands of miles. When they got to the little stream, they put their plastic toy boats onto the water and watched excitedly as the water slowly pushed the boats downstream. Gerard’s boat never went quite far, and instead of realizing that Gerard’s little plastic boat had a hole in it, they attributed his boat’s constant failure to the made-up god of the river. Before letting their boats go sailing, they would all talk to the river gods, asking them for a safe voyage and then they would watch as their boats were slowly pushed along with the current.
Many years later, they realized that the river gods, the long journeys and the large rivers were things they made up to make themselves feel like they could conquer anything. So, they forgot the part of their lives in which they could be and do whatever they wanted, and slowly lost their imagination due to underuse. They became regular middle school students, and then regular high school students, and then regular college students. Their life became a blur in which they never thought about their old desires to be something in this world and to discover things never discovered before.
It wasn’t until they had graduated, gotten married, and had children until they remembered their forgotten dreams and plans. As Gerard, Julian, and Matt sat in their respective backyards, watching their kids run around pretending they were fighting monsters and being rescued by heroes in shining armor, that the three men thought back to when they sent their little boats down the stream. So, they called each other up and revealed that their whole lives they had still wanted to be adventurers, but those feelings had been buried so deep it took until they had children to realize it.
So the three men decided they were going to go on vacation in Europe, so they bought tickets and once they were in Ireland, staying at a beach house near the ocean, they bought a boat. It was pristine and white, and it made them glow with happiness, sharing secret smiles with each other. Matt made a flag to represent their country, and they threw on life jackets and hopped in the boat. Julian steered for a while, none of them sure where they were going; just knowing they wanted to go somewhere. After a while, they were completely lost and the waves were getting very high, rocking the boat and causing Matt to laugh hysterically, possibly because he was scared of dying. Gerard and Julian ignored Matt, remained calm and steered them back to shore. The three men promptly decided to never go out to sea again.
So they returned home, a little sad, but also knowing that it might not be their destinies to change the world, but they would make sure that their children never lost their imaginations and helped people all over the world. And they would also keep their children from taking boat rides in the Atlantic Ocean.