Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Friday Challenge - 6/6/08

Update 6/12/08: Just a reminder that the deadline for the 6/6/08 Friday Challenge, School's Out!, is midnight Central time tonight. Details are below.

We've got a pretty thin field this week with just three entries. Maybe this challenge was too vague or weird. At any rate, the contestants are, in the order their entries were received:


As always, you're invited to discuss, comment upon, and vote your for favorites, and the winner of the 5/30 Friday Challenge, and the highly coveted whatever-it-is that's behind Door #2 will be announced next Sunday.

Now, as for this week's Friday Challenge, I can sum it all up in two words:


That's what we're looking for this week; your favorite interesting, frightening, funny, sentimental, or whatever story about the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. It can be true; it can be pure fiction; it can be somewhere in-between.

For example, at this time of year I can never help but get a little misty-eyed as I remember that fine Spring day many years ago, when, on the last day of the semester, at the end of our last year together in Junior High, after we'd cleaned out our lockers one last (and for many, first!) time, we students who had been together all year in Mrs. Hjalmer's 9th-grade English class gathered for one last time in Humboldt Park, to heap our copies of Ethan Frome into a pile and burn them, because we hated that novel that much.

What's your favorite school's-out story that always brings a little tear to your eye, smile to your face, or bile rising in the back of your throat?

As always, we're playing by the completely improvised rules of the Friday Challenge and playing for whatever's behind Door #2. The deadline for entries is midnight Central time, Thursday, 6/13/08, and even if you don't enter, you're encouraged to comment on the other entries and vote for your favorites.

Ready? Then... begin!