Write on Wednesday: Small Expectations

The Write on Wednesday Spark: Small expectations
As I am thinking about education and learning, kindergarten and university, I have taken this week’s writing exercise from one of my early childhood books. It is an activity I do with small children and one that always inspires so I thought it would be fun to see what the exercise inspires in adults. So, your prompt is: Imagine yourself as tiny as your thumb.Where would you live? What would you do?

I know this might be a difficult exercise but it’s all in the name of exploration. Try and make it work for your own writing needs. Write a children’s story, write a fantasy piece or work it into a fiction or non-fiction piece.Wherever the prompt takes you. Keep your post on the short side: up to 500 words OR a 5 minute stream of consciousness exercise. Link your finished piece to the list and begin popping by the other links. Oh, and enjoy!


My name is Barbara.

I am 25.

I am a writer.

I was born as tall, some might say as small, as the size of an adult thumb.

Being as tall, or as small as the size of an adult thumb is something I have learnt to live with…It has its ups and down….like any ability or disability…If I cast my attention to my circle of friends, we are all very different…  them is a young man who is as wide as a truck, a young women who is long and lanky, I have to crane my neck to look up in her direction….and she has to get down on her hands and knees to see me….Sometimes her knee joints make a loud ‘ cracking’ sound when she folds herself up on the floor, to enable us to have a conversation face to face…the noise is loud, I cover my ears and laugh….She laughs too.

Then there is Barry, my boyfriend. He is as tall, some might say as small as an adult big foot…Yes, height wise we are an odd match…But Barry is also a budding writer and it was due to his continuous support and encouragement, that I took to writing at a ferocious pace last June.

Barry built me a device that he designed to complement his writing style…He just  modified it for me, for my height and ability….A trampoline type device that I place in front of an average size key board. I then propel myself from key to key, I time each bounce and have perfected the aret of the ‘ double letter hit’…I can type two ‘ E’s in a single bounce. and then thanks to the traction Barry placed under each key…I bounce right back to base camp and plan my next letter assault.

Yes, it takes time to write, quiet a bit…but it is fun…oh so much fun…the local newspaper ran a story on me last month, and I have my own following on facebook and youtube….Bouncing Barbara: The mad typist…google me…it is all true!!

Yes, my height has caused me to make many adjustment in life, but these adjustments only help to enhance a life I have always  loved regardless of my size and stature…Barry, the trampoline key board and my electic mix of friends…happiness in a nut shell….

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. claire
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:25:23

    Wonderful writing here! I love the enthusiastic tone, and the idea is great!


  2. Mixed Gems
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:44:37

    Brilliant and creative! Try as I might, I couldn’t get a story together easily. You make it seem do effortless.


  3. daphne
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 03:36:09

    good writing. barbara sounds fun. she might like my daffodil. 😀


  4. Melinda
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 06:21:17

    What a lovely story.. hilarious with the trampoline typing and the ‘double letter hit’. Also, I loved the appropriate last line – Happiness in a nutshell. 😀


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