The Cul-de-sac

December 24, 2010
By PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"


We've lived on Omaha street since I can remember or as my neighbors like to call it, Obama street. There are many memories from here as new neighbors come and go. Some staying years and others just for the time being. Omaha is a small cul-de-sac of about 15 houses. Right smack dab in the middle of the cul-de-sac is my house. It stands tall, pink and proud for all to see.

Mama's dream was to live in a home the color of tan, like smoothed sandpaper after its been used. The letter from the community requiring us to repaint our house was mom's perfect excuse to persuade my dad with. The painters came the next day. When they were finished my mama's dream colored house lay still and quiet like an embarrassed school boy who had just been punished. “Oh my gosh!” My mom screamed. In front of her was not her dream colored house but a house as pink as bubble gum. A color so bright that it stuck to the house like the smelly fragrance does to a garbage can.
My neighbors didn't really notice the color that much and I couldn't blame them. There was too much happening in the neighborhood already. There was no time to notice the fresh new paint of the neighbors next door. Somethings even went unnoticed under my watchful eye. Two houses down, pale, baby blue. This house looked scary on the outside, like something that would be in a horror film. And on the inside it was suspicious. I don't really know his name, but my brother guesses it is something like Mr. Crims.

Yeah Mr. Crims. I bet that's his name. Mr. Crims! It sounds evil, he says.

Nothing ever seemed right as I'd walk past that house. It gave me a queasy feeling just to look at it.

Parker, me and the triplets from next door, Julia, Joseph and Jeff knew he had to be some kind of criminal or else he'd come out once in a while. Maybe we were right because one day he was just gone. The furniture still left in the house and the water still boiling on the stove. Parker says he was like a most wanted criminal and a drug dealer and that one day he moved so the police wouldn't find him. Joseph says the police came one night when everyone was asleep. He was handcuffed and taken away, just like that. I think I believe Joseph more than I do Parker. The thought of even having a criminal living under our wings for years frightens me.

I guess this goes to show that you can't trust anyone; not even your neighbors. And I've began to learn that the hard way as even more people come passing through Omaha, the place I call my home.



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on May. 8 2011 at 1:16 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Also i posted a longer version to this story!!! please check it out and tell me what you guys think!! :) and thanks everyone for the feedback! :)

on Jan. 14 2011 at 10:59 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Hey guys i posted another story similar to this called My Second Home (which is published on this website) Feel free to check it out and comment and rate it!

on Jan. 6 2011 at 11:43 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

That's really cool! I hope she likes them!

on Jan. 6 2011 at 11:42 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Thanks and it is short! i should try writing a longer version! :) I appreciate the advice!! :)

on Jan. 6 2011 at 11:41 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Wow! thanks! i'm glad you liked it! :)

on Jan. 6 2011 at 11:40 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Thanks! so much!

on Jan. 4 2011 at 10:38 am
Sinister-Von GOLD, Shawnee, Oklahoma
11 articles 0 photos 49 comments

Favorite Quote:
never stop doing what you love, The past makes you who you are today. Live for today and not for tomorrow

i love this one to good job :)

on Jan. 3 2011 at 11:00 pm
Ellawind PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
40 articles 0 photos 77 comments

Favorite Quote:
What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

Dream like you will live forever, live like you will die today.

I feel like it should be a little longer and more detailed, and there are a few run on sentences, but other than that I like it. It's funny and fairly original, and the line about the community wanting them to change the house color made me smile. :)

on Jan. 2 2011 at 3:10 pm
I liked this! It was so descriptive, funny and interesting. It kept my attention the whole time!!! This should be published in the teen ink magazine! Because this is amazing!! :) i rated it 10/10 if it went that high!! 

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on Jan. 2 2011 at 12:38 pm
Esperanza GOLD, Twinsburg, Ohio
15 articles 0 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't tell me 'sky's the limit' when there are footprints on the moon."

definitely descriptive and well written it's on it's way....to the best articles on teen ink 10 out of 10

on Jan. 2 2011 at 12:10 pm
Oh. Very interesting then. Remember when I needed help for creating a poem for my female friend that I like (her and I are just taking one step at a time, that's why I'm not saying girlfriend), I created two poems about/for her is now pending. Just to say, I'm very excited on how she is going to react. :)

on Jan. 2 2011 at 8:10 am
Kbuschan PLATINUM, South Plainfield, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Fall in love or fall in hate; Get inspired or be depressed; Ace a test or flunk a class; Make babies or make art; Speak the truth or lie and cheat; Dance on tables or sit in the corner; Life is divine chaos. Embrace it. Breathe. And enjoy the ride...

oh yeh i see tht too

on Jan. 2 2011 at 3:01 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Thanks! I'm working on making this into a book! :):)

on Jan. 2 2011 at 3:00 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Thanks! I appreciate you commenting on all of my stories! :):)

on Jan. 2 2011 at 2:59 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

really? because i wrote it in the similar style of the book The House on Mango Street! :):)

on Jan. 2 2011 at 2:57 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

haha! thanks! it's based off of a true story with my mom and the color of our house! :):)

on Jan. 2 2011 at 2:56 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Thank you for the ideas i will be sure to go back and revise it! :):)

on Jan. 2 2011 at 2:55 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

Thanks i appreciate the comments! And i like the idea of writing more stories like this and turning it into a book! ;):)

on Jan. 2 2011 at 2:54 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
57 articles 25 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

THANKS! I appreciate the positive comment! :):)

on Jan. 1 2011 at 11:41 pm
KatieLynn234 BRONZE, Cottage Grove, Oregon
1 article 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't find love, let love find you. That's why its called falling in love, because you don't force yourself to fall. You just fall." -Unknown

I liked it, its beautifully written and very discriptive. Also very easy to relate to:)




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