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County Clare 2020: A Day in My Life
Creative Writing Competition for children and teenagers
10 to 12 category

County Clare 2020: A Day in My Life
by Max McKenna

I got up at 8:00 a.m. so I would be on time for my zoom cello lesson, which starts at 9:00 a.m. I quickly gobbled down my multigrain hoops and my toast, drank my smoothie and rushed into my room to get changed out of my pyjamas and put on shorts and a t-shirt, before darting downstairs to the sitting room.

By now it was about 10 minutes to 9. I did a quick musical warm up - by playing my scales, and by the time the teacher had dialled in I was good to go. I played my three pieces: Star Wars Main Theme by John Williams (he is great, my favourite composer! ), Cossacks by Katherine and Hugh College and Argentine Folk-Song which is an traditional Argentine arrangement.

My cello teacher is living in Australia now (Good day Mate !!) and my music theory teacher is Hungarian but lives in Killaloe. During the lesson my cello teacher told me there was a gecko on her roof! She was pretty calm, when she showed me it. I would have probably run out of the room!
After the lesson I went outside because it was the May Bank Holiday Monday, so we had no schoolwork- which is home schooling now in these pandemic times. Still getting my head around that – we all are !!

I played football for a few minutes until my brother came out, and then we took our dog out to the garden and played with her for a while before our parents told us to put her up into her house and come inside. Our parents went shopping so we got to have the house to ourselves!!! We cant go to shops at the moment another social distancing rule – normally just Dad goes but he hurt his thumb so Mum went too.

Me, my brother and my sister watched an episode of the BBC show Sherlock which is a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes. When our parents got back there was just a few minutes left in the episode so when we finished it, we had lunch outside – holidays at Costa d’Ogonnelloe as mum calls it. I had a banana sandwich and strawberries. After that I read my book: Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes. I am a big Rick Riordan fan.

After that I played football with my brother until he went inside for his violin lesson at 4:00 p.m. I watched my sister and my dad playing badminton. After a while I got bored and went inside and drew for a while. I really like to draw, it is fun. I like to draw and write my own stories.

At 6:00 p.m. I went downstairs for my music theory lesson, which lasted an hour. That is with my Hungarian teacher – mum says we are very international James Bond watch out !! After that I played outside with my dad, brother and sister and my brother accidentally kicked his football into a ditch but we’ll be able to get it today.

A few minutes later, we went inside and watched another couple of episodes of Sherlock and then we went to bed, but our mum had made a den – a “camp-in” with sheets and blankets and pillows and sleeping bags. I was awake longer than my brother and eventually I moved into my bed with my sleeping bag because I was uncomfortable on the floor. I eventually went to sleep.

This was a day in my life yesterday…..more adventures today.

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