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August 27, 2012

A Canuck in Kantuck: The work of three budding writers

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — This week I’m handing my writing space over to three beautiful children who have written their own column every week this summer. Emma, Elle and Jacob Gilleland, the children of dear friends of ours who live in Rock Hill, S.C., have come up with creative gems that I’m sure will charm you as much as they did me. Enjoy!

Summer in Minnesota: Soups and Mistakes

By Emma Gilleland

Every year while I’m in Minnesota, my cousin Meg and I make soup. We’ve made so many I’ve lost count of them all. Out of the hundreds we’ve made only one of them tasted good. It was made from Sprite, this limeade sherbet stuff and raspberries.

This year we made two and both of them were awful (one we tried to make it be as bad as we could). We had olive juice, ranch dressing, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic, mint flavoring, vanilla extract, hot sauce, and much, much more. I would be disgusted with anyone who could swallow it, partly because it was so hot and partly because it looked so gross. It had a red color like hot sauce and little things floating in it. Gah! It makes my stomach hurt just by thinking about it. It was the worst soup that we ever made, but hey, it was supposed to be like that.

Have you ever tried to do something good but it turned out awful? That’s exactly what happened to me and Meg’s second soup. This time we were both doing different soups to see which one was better. There was no need. They were both awful. It got really nasty when Meg put hot sauce in hers. Mine was too sweet. It had Sierra Mist, Jell-O, honey and whipped cream. It was not as bad as the red one. And I wouldn’t be disgusted with anyone who could eat it. But it was still awful. I put way too much honey in it.

Everyone makes mistakes as a kid. But that’s OK, it’s the time to make them (so you don’t it as an adult). You only learn by doing. The first time you do something, you make mistakes. Like when you first learned to ride a bike you fall down a lot. When you fell down you probably got scraped and that made you tougher. I really believe Meg and I got a better immune system from eating those soups. Mistakes are helpful. They make you tougher and they help you not make them when it really matters. If you never make mistakes as a kid you won’t know how to act when you do. You’ll make one when it matters and then get fired. So as a kid, make mistakes, have fun, and prepare for the future. I’m doing it. Look out, world, here I come, soups and all. Just hope I don’t become a chef!

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