I would love to include a page from the story in this post (the entire story would take a while to scan), but alas, it is not in my possession. My mother has the only copy. It’s in her storage tote with all the other important assignments and projects from my fifth grade year. And while she would have gladly searched for it, I could not ask that of her. There’s no telling how many totes she would have to search to find it (she kept A LOT of mementos from my childhood). So, I’ll simply have to settle for a summary.
It took place around Christmas and told the story of Kathy, a girl who wanted a bicycle more than anything. Every day, Kathy searched under the tree, but found no present big enough for a bicycle. Then, on Christmas morning, her father surprised her by bringing in a bicycle from the garage.
When I completed Kathy’s story, I shared it with my classmates who said it was the greatest thing ever. They were also impressed with the illustrations, which were penciled by another classmate. They encouraged us to become an author/illustrator team.
Although “Kathy’s Big Surprise” was the only story on which my friend and I collaborated, it sparked the beginning of my writing. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. And now, I’m an actual published author. Who knows? Maybe someday I will tweak “Kathy’s Big Surprise” and make it into a children’s book.