The First Day of School #It’s Six’-Sentence Story Thursday Link Up

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Janice’s effervescent demeanor seemed to put her kindergarten students at ease. Most of these children had never been in a classroom, but what they didn’t know was that she was just as scared as they were, since this was her first day of her first teaching job. She tried not to let her apprehension show, as she guided the children, one by one, into an adjoining cloak room, showing them where they could hang their jackets and store their backpacks. She greeted anxious parents, assuring herself, more than them, that their little ones were in good hands, and reminding them when to pick them up. Finally, when all the children were seated in a circle on the floor, she sat down among them, and said, maybe a bit too eagerly, “Good morning. I’m Miss Duffy, your teacher.”


Thanks to Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence story prompt for inspiring the above work of short fiction. To participate in her blog hop, click here.


By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.



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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

21 thoughts on “The First Day of School #It’s Six’-Sentence Story Thursday Link Up”

  1. “cloak room!” I remember those! Well, at least the whole ritual of putting our coats away at the start of the school day (and then, with equal deliberateness, getting them and putting them on and returning to our desks before being dismissed)
    Good Six

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    1. I know what you mean about the cloak room. When I was in elementary school, in the winter, we also took off our boots and stored them there, putting on gym shoes to wear throughout the day except when we went out for recess. Thank you for reading and commenting.


  2. Talk about being on the spot! First days are tough on everyone for sure. I imagine (having once considered becoming a teacher) that first day as a teacher is incredibly stressful. As for students and parents? Positivity and an effervescent attitude is contagious and no doubt goes a long way in easing tension.


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