Writing Assignment #1: Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, 3 Stars
Assignment Description: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Quite often we see pictures on different social media outlets. They are funny, awkward, or beautifully portrayed moments but we don’t know what led up to that point in time. Your task for this assignment is to find a picture and write a background or short story for it. It can be a photo you took yourself or found on the internet. This story could be based on a true event if the picture is from your personal collection, or completely made up if you are using a funny picture you found online. Be sure to tag it properly!”
Who what where when why?: About 8 years ago, I found this website that I absolutely fell in love with, called People of Walmart. Its a website where people post pictures of some of the most ridiculous things they see in the superstore. Wether its badly dressed customer, a strange car in the parking lot, or something that just shouldn’t be there, this website has it all. Therefore, it was the first thing I thought of when I saw this assignment. This is especially because these funny pictures can be so much fun to narrate. The author named this picture “Sochi Was For Suckers”, and he explained this by commenting : “I’m not gonna lie, I think I’d rather sit down and watch how long she can push him around in the cart without waking him rather than half the crap the Olympics had on.”
For just $999.99: So here’s the sitch. The woman on the right (we can name her Sally) is just on her weekly Walmart trip. All the basics like toilet paper, frozen pizzas, soap, and all that good stuff. Knowing that Walmart has pretty much everything and anything, but not always super organized because its hard to stay on top of 24/7, she sees this cute little boy doll sitting on the shelf near her paper towels. Now, Sally has a 7 year old niece that she know just LOVES dolls, and how couldn’t she love this one, he’s so cute! So Sally picks the boy up, thinking to herself, “Wow, this might be the heaviest doll I’ve ever felt, but maybe its just because I haven’t been to the gym in a few months.” She takes the boy and puts him at the bottom of her basket. Meanwhile, the boy (Ted), is just having his mid-day nap. Clearly his babysitter wasn’t doing too great of a job of looking out for the poor kid. So more and more, Sally fills up her cart like any Walmart regular would. After all, everything is such a great deal! Once she gets to the register, all of her items get rung up, and Sally, being the honest customer she is, goes WAIT! You forgot to ring up this doll I picked up! The cashier just looks at Sally in the most disapproving way and goes “Ma’am, its a little disrespectful to have your son on the conveyor belt. Do you mind taking him off.”
“Thats not my son!!!”, Sally shrieked loud enough to startle the little boy awake. He wakes up and immediately starts crying, having no idea where he is. Luckily, his irresponsible babysitter is just sitting in the corner, texting her boyfriend. She heard Ted screaming and walks over.
“Ugh you dweeb, lets go home. Why do you have to always start so much drama.” Things didn’t turn out so badly for Ted, but maybe his parents should look into hiring a little more reliable help.
Process, annotated: This is definitely the easiest assignment I have done so far when it comes to media. All I had to do was copy and paste the image from the People of Walmart website. I could’ve gone with their story, but I like mine just as well. I am not all that creative with writing, but I wrote my story based on what I thought was possible from the picture.
People of Walmart, make sure to keep a close eye on your children, especially in the paper towel aisle.
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