Sophie Dauerman, who is entering eighth grade at Shelburne Community School, wrote this piece in response to a Young Writers Project prompt to list the things she likes -- and dislikes. Surprisingly, broccoli is at the top of her list of likes!
My Favorite (and Least Favorite) Things
By Sophie Dauerman
I like steamed broccoli with garlic, and getting new shoes,
But hate fire alarms and popping balloons.
I like reading Harry Potter and visiting big amusement parks,
But hate really big cities, especially when they’re dark.
I like long fuzzy socks and dessert-scented candles,
But hate dried clay on my hands and sand in my sandals.
I like traveling abroad and shopping for clothes,
But hate losing a contact and getting water up my nose!
I like fresh pan-seared salmon and getting stuff done,
But hate being interrupted and getting burnt by the sun.
I like being with friends and making birthday wishes,
But hate cleaning up messes and doing the dishes.
I like spending time with my family and just being me,
But hate negativity and not being the best I can be.