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Children of the Arts (a child's story)

Updated on February 27, 2013

Children Love the Arts

After School Arts

After School Dance Troupe

Katrin’s bus driver looked back at her and smiled, “Nice t-shirt did you make it?”

Katrin was ten years old and wore her blonde hair in a ponytail and shook her head yes, it was a lonely ride home on the bus since most of the other kids stayed after school for sports.

“Yes Mr. Doogle I painted the ‘I Love New York’ on with white fabric paint and outlined it in red so it matches the apple I drew.”

“Nicely done Katrin, you are a fashion setter here at school.”

She got all embarrassed and blushed, and smoothed her shirt down with her hand not feeling so alone on the bus.

Katrin’s small town school was very sports oriented but she wasn’t, so after school activities were few and far between. The weekend finally came around and she went shopping with her mother, dressed in a colorful tie dyed shirt she made herself and jeans, and when they got to the grocery store there was a sign up announcing a small dance and theater group forming for the kids.

Katrin’s mother read the ad and looked at her free spirited daughter and smiled.

“Let’s take this phone number and call them tonight.”

The theater group was glad to hear from Katrin, since their own daughter was in her class and told them how creative she was.

Katrin couldn’t believe it when she walked into the town activity building and seen it decorated with a stage, and sound system. The kids were wearing Theater Hero t-shirts in black and white, each one auditioning in what they excelled in. Seth; a boy in the class behind her was dancing on stage with moves that could equal Michael Jackson’s and had a smile she would never forget when he motioned her up to the stage to join him.

They played the song ‘Thriller’ and Katrin and Seth performed a free form dance looking quite like animated skeletons in their moves.

Katrin was no longer the kid alone on the school bus while the others enjoyed sports after school, but was dropped off every Monday night for her own contribution to the art of dancing. Her enthusiasm for the arts never died, and even until today she teaches modern dance.

Written by B. A. Williams

© 2012


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    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago

      ...well then - that makes it even more lovelier and heartfelt - when these words are about someone as special as you .....

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Epigramman,

      That was based on a true story! I wonder who it was about hehe

      Thanks for reading and passing my work along.

    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago

      ...congratulations on 100 hubs my dear friend - and this beautiful story was such a winner that I will post it lovingly and with my utmost respect to my FB music/cinema group in which you are invited (you will have a direct link back here - I am a big fan of dance so there was a personal connection but your writing here is so endearing, sweet and wonderful that more people really have to see and read this - sending you warm wishes and good energy at lake erie time 10:54am


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