Wake Up!
Brenda. Age 11. San Pablo, California

 It was a bright and sunny morning as I lifted my head from my soft pillow. When I woke up, I noticed my sister was still asleep. I then changed into my school clothes and my sister was still in bed. It was 7:10 and I didn’t want to be late for school, so I decided to wake my sister up.

“Wake up. It’s 7:10,” I whispered to my sister.

“Ugh, do I have to?” my sister asked.

“No, you don’t have to. You can be late for school and your classes,” I replied.

“Okay, okay. I’ll wake up,” my sister whined.

To me, my sister is as slow as a sloth. If you’ve been with my sister for a long time, you will see what I mean. After I brushed my teeth, ate breakfast, and other things, my mom told us to go to her car to take my sister to school, then me. Normally, my sister gets into the car minutes later than I do. It was 8:03, and my sister was still not in the car.

“Where’s your sister? She is taking too long,” my mom asked.

“I agree, but I don’t know where she is,” I replied to my mother.

Around 8;07, my sister came in the car. It didn’t even feel like 8:07! It’s like the time goes fast like a cheetah! Anyway, my sister was getting into the car, and it seemed as if Mom was ready to yell at my sister. But she did not say anything to my sister and me.

When we got there, it was 8;24. I ran into the school - luckily, it’s nearby my home. I was really shocked because I barely arrived to school on time. About 6 ˝ hours later, we came to pick up my sister. I didn’t eat because my sister gets out at 3:15, while I get out at 2:40.

It was 3:15 when we came to pick up my sister. But we didn’t see her. About forty minutes later, my sister came up to our car. My mom and I were really angry. Right at that time, my sister asked a question with terrible timing.

“Mom, can I please be on the volleyball team?”

“You know what? You can,” my mom replied.

My sister and I were really shocked after what my mom said, especially because my sister took a long time.

“On one condition,” my mom added.

“Well, what is it Mom?” my sister asked.

“You and your sister have to be on time for school,” my mom replied.

“Wait, what?! What did I do?” I asked.

“Nothing...” My mom said nothing after that.

“Well, okay, but I still didn’t eat! Neither did Mom!” I said to my sister.

“Oh I am so so so sorry. But I never knew,” my sister apologized,

“It is okay,’’ I replied.

As we came back, my mom hurried to make me food. She barely had enough time to make me food. After I ate, I did my homework, I started playing video games as usual. She told me to not wake my sister up. When my dad came, I started to read.

I was starting to think, why would my mom ever let her have a second chance. I thought,,‘’She’s up to something.’’ As I calmly came into the room, my sister started to panic.

“I need help with something. Please, I need your help!” my sister pleaded.

“Well, what is it?” I asked.

“I NEED YOUR HELP!” my sister yelled.

“With what?” I asked again.

“Next Friday, I have to be in school by 7:30. Please don’t ask me why because it’s really annoying,” my sister replied.

“Of course it is,” I thought.

The next week, my sister was on time for school. One of those days, my sister was ready for school before I was even awake. On Thursday I thought of something. I thought, ‘’If I change all the clocks by one hour, by the time she wakes up, she might hurry up.’’ I decided I would do that at night time. (I know how to do this because my dad taught me about four months ago.)

When it was night time, my sister went to shower. When she left, I realized it was the best chance for me to do this. I changed all the clocks, even in the living room. I finished doing it and my sister didn’t even notice the clocks! How do you not notice clocks that are right beside you?

The next day I changed into my school clothes. Then I woke up my sister.


“Wait what! I know, I know, I should have done it by myself.”

My mom heard that and rushed through the room. She said how it was ok and that the coach was going to put her on the team anyway. My mom and sister got ready very quickly (and they did not know that they were getting ready at 7:00.) After my mom and sister got into the car, they realized they were tricked.

“Wait. It’s not 8:OO!” my sister said surprised.

“You're right,” my mom replied.

After all that my sister went to school on time and so did I. Hopefully my mom knows not to doubt my sister again. 

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