An A-Z of Children’s Stories – day 20

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Tom saw a time traveller on television. He was sitting in a chair wearing a special helmet and goggles and when he pulled the lever, he went back in time, and when he pushed the lever he went into the future. That looked fun! Tom thought he’d try it.

Daddy’s desk chair was perfect. He found a big wooden spoon for a lever and some string to tie it on with. Mummy’s tin colander looked just like the helmet. It just needed an aerial on top, so he got a twig from the garden and poked it in a hole. He put on his sunglasses and he was ready!

He closed his eyes a pulled back the lever. When he opened them he was in the park, but it didn’t look the same as it had this morning. The swings and the slide were made of wood. There was a tall thin tent on the grass and kids were sitting in front of it watching two funny puppets. He spotted his friend Charlie, but instead of riding his scooter, he was chasing a big wooden hoop and whacking it with a stick. He had funny clothes on; trousers down to his knees, long socks, a brown jacket, and a cloth cap. Then he saw Mr and Mrs Jones from next door. She had a funny little feathery hat on her head and a green and white spotty dress almost down to the ground. She even had a dead fox around her neck! Mr Jones usually wore a baseball cap and trainers, but now he had a hat with a brim, a stripy blue suit and shiny black and white shoes. All around, kids were skipping with ropes, playing hopping games, and rolling little tiny glass balls along the ground. Everyone looked so happy!

Tom pushed the lever forward and blinked. He was still in the park, but there were no children there. There were no birds singing, the flowers were dead and the trees had no leaves. The lake was filled with slimy mud and plastic bags and squashed bottles. Everything around him was grey and dusty. A sad looking old lady sat on the path holding out her hand.

Tom heard a ghostly voice in his ear. ‘Don’t let this happen Tom’ it whispered.

Tom didn’t like what he was seeing or hearing, so he tugged the lever upright.

‘What are you doing in my chair young man?‘ said Daddy.

There’s my colander!’ said Mummy.

‘Are you okay Tom?’ asked his big sister Tina. 


Tomorrow –


Previously O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




In 2018 –  My Friend Rosey and the Tooth Fairy!


In 2017 – In Amble Bay, we went to the Tuesday Club.




26 thoughts on “An A-Z of Children’s Stories – day 20

  1. Christine Goodnough Apr 23, 2019 / 04:13

    Now the poor boy has a mission to clean up the world. I wonder how he’ll handle that?


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 23, 2019 / 09:28

      I was a child of the ’50s and they were really happy times for kids. I’d ride back too. Thanks, Gail.


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 24, 2019 / 09:25

      If it was for entertainment purposes only, it would be great! Cheers Cathy


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 24, 2019 / 09:27

      He has indeed. If only we’d had such foresight, the world wouldn’t be in such a state now.


  2. randommusings29 Apr 23, 2019 / 21:17

    That’s a lot of responsibility. I hope Tom finds a way to fix things. Will we be getting a sequel later on in the alphabet?

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 24, 2019 / 09:30

      Unfortunately not during A-Z Debbie, all stories are now written, but I may resurrect it at a later date.


  3. QP and Eye Apr 26, 2019 / 04:27

    Great story Keith, I’d like me one of those going back levers please, ha ha Linda

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 26, 2019 / 09:11

      I’m sure you’ll find one in your kitchen drawer – whether it’ll work or not I don’t know!


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