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Secret Subject Swap — My Nobel Prize

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My Secret Subject is:
You’ve won a Nobel Prize. Which? Why? What did you do to deserve the honor?

It was submitted by:

Hmm. . . this is a toughy. I guess I’ve never dreamed of winning a Nobel Prize. Why would I? I have too many other fish to fry just trying to raise a family, keep up with the laundry and keeping food in the fridge. Whew, just makes me tired thinking about it. But that being said, I do have dreams; and so why not go with me to the land of farfetched ambitions for a couple of minutes and let’s just see what this Nobel Prize might be all about.

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace – the Nobel Prizes.

Since we’re dreaming here, let’s pretend I was just awarded a Nobel Prize in the literature category; because well let’s face it, I’m probably not nearly humble enough to win the peace prize and the other categories are way out of reach. As described in Nobel’s will, the literature prize is intended for the person who, in the literary field, had produced “the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” So let’s see what I’ve done. . .

For my literature prize (and I mean no disrespect to actual Nobel Laureates), I’ve created the most outstanding work of literature in the children’s book category (remember – dreaming). It’s titled: Sammy and Guinevere Take a Very Long Vacation. It’s a book with simple, but smart animal characters that travel the world and explore time changes to unravel the real history of the world and all its civilizations. It’s a cross between, The Secret of Nimh, Animal Farm and Pete the Cat, and the kids are just wild about it. It’s a book that teaches the real truth about people, governments and injustices throughout time without being judgmental or condescending.

Sammy, one of the main characters, is an elderly little white terrier rescued from the pound by a kind family (yes, that happened); and Guinevere is a little green parakeet (also true). They accidentally discover a time traveling portal to the world among the mess under the bed of the little girl who loves them, and the two companions and countless side-kicks travel to and fro on countless adventures. Each time they return home, they recount their stories to Betty, a sweet old white cat, and a young artistic ferret named Picasso. Together the cat and ferret write and illustrate the lessons learned and keep all the knowledge safe from the neighbor’s evil German shepherd (no reference to certain evils, but our neighbor’s dog was really mean).

So what do you think? Sounds great, right? Well, I’ll let you know when I’ve completed my masterpiece and you can nominate me for the prize.


If you want to read more of the fun, here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there: