<blockquote><em>This is an exercise where I thake the first line of a book and start writing. The goal is to write a complete scene.</em></blockquote>
We really, really wanted to play ‘Dodge the Raindrops.’ It’s one of our favorite games. The rain has to be just trickling, usually that’s when it starts or when it ends. We had the boards all ready. We had our rain coats and hats. It was raining too hard, though. It rained all day and didn’t stop until the next day when we were in school. I was taking a geography test when I looked out the window and saw the sun shining.
I didn’t make up the raindrop game. My brother’s friend, Eddie, taught us how to play. It’s easy. When the first drop falls we run outside, holding our boards over our heads. The boards are pieces of cardboard wrapped in paper to show the raindrops. We have to run to the corner, touch the light post and run back home, twice; round one and round two.
The game is hardest when it’s windy because it’s tricky keeping the cardboard flat. Dropping the board or running more than two steps without it being flat right over your head means you have to go back to the beginning and start over. Also, if the cardboard gets blown sideways you’re in even more trouble, because there will probably be raindrops on both sides of the board when you start round two. Round two is just flipping the board over and running to the stop light and back to the garage again.
When we’re finished we count all the raindrops on each board. If it’s not raining heavy yet, we put new paper on and do it again. Every now and then we get to play three or four times.
When it really starts raining we go inside and mom fixes us a treat, cookies or ice cream or something. The winner is the one with the fewest raindrops. I think the winner should be the person with the most dry space on the board, but nobody has figured out how to measure the dry space yet.
Sometimes when we play the rain turns into a real gusher before we even finish the second round. That’s when it’s the most fun we usually all end up in the garage soaking wet and laughing. If anyone still has a dry spot on their cardboard, they automatically get to be the winner. The winner always gets an extra cookie or scoop of ice cream. That’s why we wanted to play so much. Mom made pecan chocolate chip cookies, which she hardly ever makes. If we’re lucky it will rain again Saturday before the cookies are all gone.
** The first line of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss