Congratulations to Barrington Public School Year 6 student, Kaitlyn Commons, who received an excellence award in the Great Lakes Advocate’s inaugural Tell Me A Story competition.
Over the coming weeks the GLA will publish a range of outstanding stories entered in the competition.
This is Kaitlyn’s story, as it was submitted.
It was an early February morning and it was time to start planting some of my corn seeds. At about 5 am, I rose out of my luxurious slumber and I trotted down to my wife who was busy making me some cold porridge. I slurped it down like a horse that is drinking water after a busy day of harvesting. The markets were a few weeks away so I had to get moving. I grabbed my hat and pulled up my pants; it was time to get motivated. I saddled up my horse, whose name is Rusty and struggled to shove the bit into its mouth.
Then we were off to get the plough. I took off all the gear from my horse and put the harnesses on then I hooked up the plough. It was go time! It took a while for me to remember that I was leading Rusty but I soon got a grip on everything. By the time it was lunch, I already had three fields ploughed and only two to go. When my wife called me for lunch, my horse Rusty and I decided that we would eat in the west field under the big oak tree. After lunch I got the two fields ploughed in an instant. When I arrived back to the homestead, my wife put me under strict orders to go to town to get some bits and pieces. I thought to myself this was a good opportunity to go to the pub and have a couple of cold ones with my old man.
When I went to the paddock to collect Rusty and hook her up to the cart, I noticed how many seeds I had. I knew straight away that there would be enough for this year and next year. I was delighted at this thought.
Today was my birthday, it’s not a big deal but my wife thought it was because when I went to the kitchen, I saw a bowl of HOT porridge. When I took a spoonful of porridge, there was a note in there and it said Richard I am pregnant. After that moment it was black. I woke up about three pm and I was still shocked. I then realised I forgot about the farm work. I jumped off the floor and ran to Rusty and rode her bare back to the seeding machine because I had to finish at least two fields before dinner time, then had to work myself hard afterwards to finish them all. I got the first one done in an instant but the second one not so lucky, at first one of the seed droppers was clogged and then I was a few hundred seeds short so I had to go back and refill it. By the time dinner was ready, I had only got halfway on the second one. Then after dinner I finished all the fields at 2am in the morning. I had only three hours to sleep.
Today was the day it was time to go to the markets. I was super excited so I got up at 4 and loaded everything into the cart. My wife was to accompany me even though she was heavily pregnant. I had over one thousand corn on the cob to sell; they were going to be one shilling each. By the time it was 8am the markets were packed. Customer after customer, person after Person. It was only 11am and I had already sold half of the corn.
I was getting heaps of money and it was nearly enough to buy me another horse or another piece of farm equipment or even some wheat seeds! And then it happened! I heard a faint scream from the back, it was my wife who was going into labour. She was three months early so the first thought was this baby wasn’t going to survive. I heard myself say “Nurse is anyone a nurse,” This youngish man came through and said he was. So I was helping the guy deliver our baby. It was a very slow process but then I heard another faint scream except it was more of a cry, it was the baby and the baby was a boy and he was alive.
The doctor told us that he was going to survive and it was the happiest moment of my life. I knew exactly what I was going to call him and that name was John.