As told by Meg, a 10 year old on a quest to have the adventure of a lifetime, this story was a joy to narrate. I had the opportunity to transport myself back into my 10 year self and narrate this treasure with the awestruck wonder of a fourth grader. Voicing 6 boys, 6 girls AND multiple adults
English (North American)
US General American (GenAm)
Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
Hi, I'm meg, I'm 10 years old and I live in with ville Virginia. There are two things you need to know about my hometown. First you pronounce it with ville. A lot of people get that wrong and that's how we know they're not from here. Second people come here to see a giant pencil that hangs above a store on Main Street. That's right. Our town attracts visitors because of a giant pencil. It's not the world's biggest pencil. That award goes to a pencil that is 76 ft long and can be found at a museum in Missouri. Our pencil is 30 ft long and can be found hanging above the office supply store on west Main. People come from all around to get their picture taken with our giant pencil and the jokes about making it a point to stop in with ville are never ending. My favorite thing about with Bill is what sits across the street from the giant pencil. That's where you'll find our local hot dog shop. Skeeters. Skeeters has been around for 100 years and you can get a skeeter dog with mustard, onions and chili for just $3 any day of the week. While you wait, you can spend on the stools at the lunch counter for free. My friend lily spun herself so fast one afternoon she fell off and chipped her tooth. It wasn't funny at the time, but we laugh about it. Now I've spent my whole life an entire decade growing up in with Phil. I love it. Here we are surrounded by blue mountains, green valleys and sweet Virginia breezes. When friends come to visit from out of town, we show them the giant pencil. Take them to lunch at skeeters and drive them to big walker lookout. The lookout is where you can climb a 100 ft tower and see into west Virginia Kentucky Tennessee and North Carolina. The climb up the tower always makes my knees a little wobbly. But if you're brave enough to make the journey, you can watch bald eagles, red tailed hawks and black vultures circle the skies at the top. For most people, the views from the top of the tower are the best part for me. The best part is what resides below the tower in the old rickety store. It's here that you can find frog jelly and mystery boxes. Two of my favorite things. Mystery boxes are boxes wrapped in plain white paper with only two things written on the outside. A price and a category. I usually select a box that says $20 and girl 10 to 12 years. Unwrapping these boxes is the best surprise you never know what you'll find inside. One of my favorite treasures is a silver bracelet with charms that dangle from its links. Another treasure of our region is located just beyond big walker lookout. The travel books call it burke's garden, but folks around here call it God's thumbprint. It got this name because it looks like a giant green thumb print on top of a mountain. If you don't believe me, look it up. Oh, I almost forgot frog jelly stands for fig raspberry, orange and ginger. It doesn't actually come from frogs. That's something my brother max would try. But not me. Max is two years older than me and enjoys all things gross and gruesome. Our cousin chad dared him to eat a cicada once and he put it in his mouth while the wings were still flapping. It was disgusting. I also have a sister Melanie who is two years older than max. She is pretty laid back Melanie and I get along well for being four years apart. My mother jokes that are calm, temperament helps balance out max's wild behavior.
Buddy, Girl Next Door, Kid Next Door, Storyteller, Real Person, Bubbly, Child-like, Chipper, Confident, Dynamic, Friendly, Girly/Girlish, Happy Go Lucky, Narrator, Personable, US General American (GenAm)