"Puppy Love" by Norman Rockwell
It's amazing how a single picture could paint a thousand words. A few weeks ago, I worked on a writing assignment where I had to choose one of famous artist Norman Rockwell's paintings and write a story about it. I chose this picture (above) because I thought it was cute :P
I was satisfied with my work and so I thought, "Why not share it on my blog?" So, here ya go! (This was originally a 3-paragraph story so I tweaked it a bit to make it more "book-y, if there's such thing."
Although the sky seemed darker than usual, hundreds of children continuously filled the only park in Oakheart. The winter breeze blew from time to time, which caused the trees to gently sway along. Birds gathered in flocks, seeking warmth.
It was almost sunset.
Beneath a tall palm tree, on one of the wooden benches, Tyler, a young boy of only eight years old sat alone. Peacefully, he stared up to the sky with a gentle smile on his face. This was everyday for him. Being a farmer's child meant that he spent most of his time outdoors because he was always doing errands. Tyler was friendly and kind to everyone. And everyday before sunset, he would grab his bike and ride to his favorite spot at the park where he would watch Oakheart's beautiful skies.
One afternoon, as Tyler sat down in his usual spot in the park, a soft lick to his hand caused him to look down. He was glad that he did, because before him was an adorable puppy. Unfortunately however, it seemed lost.While he held the puppy and began searching for its owner, he felt someone tap his shoulder from behind.
"Excuse me," a soft voice uttered.
Tyler turned around. A girl who seemed to be the same age as him stood there, beaming.
"I'm Emma. That's my puppy! I can't believe I almost lost him! Thank you so much!" she blabbered., hugging her puppy.
"You're welcome! I'm Tyler. Are you new here?" he asked.
"Yes, me and my mom are here for a visit. We'll leave tomorrow." Emma replied.
Pulling out a couple of daisies he had picked earlier that day, Tyler handed them to Emma. "Here, my welcome gift for you!" he smiled. That day, they both played and laughed together as the sun began to set. So there they sat, on Tyler's favorite bench, peacefully watching the pink sky. Before Emma set off to leave, they hugged for one last time.
"We'll watch the sunset together, in this park again," Tyler promised, as they both waved goodbye to each other.
Fifteen years passed yet everyday before sunset, Tyler kept returning to the park because he hopes that he would one day be able to keep his promise to Emma. Who knows?
After arriving at the park, Tyler once again sat down on the old bench. Shutting his eyes for a moment, he breathed in the fresh air, quietly smiling to himself as he remembered that day. "I wonder if I'll ever see her again," he sighed. The sound of a camera flashing caused him to open his eyes.
There, standing a few feet from him was a young woman who held a camera, facing the open sky. When she finally looked up, the same ocean blue eyes that he had always longed to see again, met his.
He knew it was her.
Realization then hit the woman and she smiled back. "Tyler?"
For a few moments, neither of them spoke a word, simply staring at each other as if they couldn't believe what was happening. Eventually, Tyler spoke up.
"Wanna watch the sunset?"
So there they say, once again, in the same bench, at the same park, with the same smiles peacefully watching the sunset,
A promise finally fulfilled.
For more info about Norman Rockwell and some of his artworks, click here.