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December's Just Write! 300 Words - Paragraph Prompt

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It's time for another round of 300 Words (a paragraph prompt challenge featured in our monthly Just Write! enewsletter)! Read on to enjoy what creative words flowed from the leading sentence: 


"His smile stretched from ear to ear in a grin that emanated a pure, child-like joy."



From Patricia:

His smile stretched from ear to ear in a grin that emanated a pure, child-like joy. Charles knew today would be different. He whistled, lips drawn drooping on the right side. Whispering to himself, “I will hide my
smile until they come.” Wiping his shaving cream off his face, he covered the towel over his mouth like a bathroom burglar. He slid his arms into his red silk pajama top and replaced the towel with a forest green scarf to cover his mouth. Someone pushed his wheelchair, swerving and bumping it across the carpet and the dining room tiled floor. Morning aromas of bacon, cinnamon rolls, and odorous adult diapers mingled with heat from the wood stove. He ignored the morning chatter, the sarcastic high-pitched dagger chortles. “How is Mr. Grumpy today? Sleep on the wrong side of the bed again? What the cat got your tongue? Are you mad at us or the whole world?” At his table, he hung his bulbous nose over his cereal bowl, shoveling oatmeal quickly into his mouth and paused frequently to listen for their arrival. Re-adjusting his scarf, he balanced his darkened glasses on the bridge of nose beaded with sweat and waited. He waited for the doorbell to ring, for the front door to emit a puff of winter frost to puncture the sweltering dining room, and for the squeaking of boots. The doorbell rang, and he leaned his ear toward the roaring sound of innocent youth and finally the awaited voice. “Mr. Charles, it’s me Jacob, your kindergarten friend. “ He felt construction paper in his hand and the whiff of gingerbread under his nose. “I made the card and cookie. If you are still blind, I will read my card.” Charles removed his scarf, his lips were Cheshire wide.


Thank you for reading (and/or participating in) this month's 300 Words, a paragraph prompt challenge featured in our monthly Just Write! enewsletter. If you haven't already, join in the fun and sign up for the Just Write enews so you will always know about our writer groups, resources, classes, activities, and  the like. Tell your friends and write on!


It's the turn of a New Year, a time for revelations, making goals, and trying new things. So for next month's prompt, let's finish - in 300 words or less - the line: 


"He tried to remember who had talked him into this."


Just email your original response to this line in 300 words or less to Abbie at by January 20th to make the next newsletter and blog post! 


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