Thank you to all the young writers and artists who contributed to the Olney Library Holiday Writing Contest. Congratulations to Levi Leder, age 9, who contributed the winning story, below. Levi is a student at St. John's Episcopal School in Olney.
The Best Present I Ever Received Was...
by Levi Leder
The best present I ever received was something I had been asking my parents for, praying to God for, and even wishing every birthday for for at least five years. Finally, I got it. It came just in time for Christmas, and it arrived wrapped in a soft, pink blanket.
"A baby sister just for me!" I happily squealed when my parents brought her home for the first time. "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
My sister was very tiny. Her head was about the size of a grapefruit, her eyes were blue (unlike mine), her fingers were smaller than French fries, and her feet felt like squishy marshmallows. She had very little hair on her head, and her eyebrows seemed practically invisible on her face. I wasn't sure if that's how all new babies generally looked, but it didn't really matter to me. She was pretty darn cute (like me) and definitely more interesting and entertaining to watch than any show on television!
True, I did receive a very cool Star Wars robot and an awesome remote control laser tank, as well, for Christmas. While I still really enjoy playing with these new toys, I know I'll eventually grow tired of them. I'll never get bored of my baby sister, though. In fact, every day since she came home, I've noticed something new and different about her. She never fails to amaze me at how fast she's growing and changing. I'm sure one of these days when I'm looking at her to see what's different, she'll surprise me by blurting out her very first words, "Hello Levi!"
Before my baby sister arrived, I was the youngest. I've always looked up to my older brother and sister, and I still ask them for help with my homework. Now, finally, I'm not the youngest, and I'll have someone looking up to me for a change and asking me for help with her homework.