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April 23, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON…MARLEY DIAS!

You guys, lately I have been SO inspired by the amazing stuff young people are doing in this world and I decided that for a while I’m going to use this space to shine a light on some of these amazing kids and teens!

So I want to start with thirteen-year-old Marley Dias! When she was in sixth grade, she launched a hashtag called #1000BlackGirlBooks.

It all started when her mom asked her a simple question over pancakes: “If you could change one thing, what would it be?”

Marley had just finished reading a super amazing book called Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. It’s a book by a black author, with a black main character. Marley Dias, who is also black, had so rarely seen a black main character in books, and she was super excited about seeing a character like herself in a book she loved.

So she told her mom that if she could change one thing, it would be that more kids could read more books with black girls as main characters. She said that all the books they read in school were about white boys and dogs, and she wanted to find more books that featured black main characters.

Her goal with her hashtag was to collect 1,000 books with black girls as the main characters. She got help from her two BFFs, Briana and Amina (they call themselves BAM on social media – isn’t that so cute?!). Marley’s campaign got some serious attention and she collected more than 9,000 books, which were sent to a children’s book drive in Jamaica.

As if all that isn’t awesome enough, now Marley has written a book of her own! It’s called Marley Dias Gets It Done…and You Can Too!! Here’s a description:

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/marley-dias-gets-it-done-by-marley-dias/

In this accessible guide, Marley Dias explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn dreams into reality. Focusing on the importance of literacy and diversity, Marley offers suggestions on book selection, and delivers hands-on strategies for becoming a lifelong reader.

I think this book sounds SUPER inspiring, just like Marley! And her hashtag has me thinking about how lucky I am to see so many books with main characters who look like me, and how important it is for all kids to find themselves in books.

You can find Marley Dias on social media here:

I’m really proud that Dork Diaries features main characters that are different races. Have you read any other books that have characters of different races and ethnicities? If so, tell us the name of the book! If not, is there a book like this that you want to read?
April 22, 2018

HELP! MY LITTLE SISTER IS A MINI MACKENZIE!!

Hey Brandon,

My younger sister and I used to do everything together. But ever since she started middle school, she’s been acting snobby and selfish. She also fights with me a lot. Once I asked her to play Uno with me and she was all like, “Ugh, you’re SO lame!” She even flirts with boys and plays with her hair in front of them. WHAT has happened to her and WHY is she acting like a MacKenzie wannabe?!

Mini MacKenzie’s Miserable Sister

Hey Mini MacKenzie’s Miserable Sister,

I admit that I don’t have a sister. Or any siblings. But maybe that’s a good thing, since this question gave me an excuse to call Nikki and get her opinion as a girl with a little sister. So thanks! 🙂

Anyway, I think a lot of this is about growing up and figuring out what it means to change, whether you have siblings or not. 

Sometimes, we feel like we want to be more grown up than we actually are, and it happens a lot in middle school. So we try to act older in ways that we think are mature but really aren’t. It’s WAY more immature to call someone “lame” for playing a card game than to just play the card game. But for some crazy reason, saying that makes your little sis feel more grown-up. 

That’s why you’ll see 10-14 year olds rejecting things they enjoy doing, watching, or playing since they worry about being too immature. But you’ll also see lots of teens or college students embracing those things again, like carrying cartoon character lunch boxes, watching “kiddy” shows, dressing up for Halloween, etc. At a certain age, that insecurity about seeming immature goes away.  

It’s nice that you’re actually older than she is. Because I’m sure some younger siblings deal with this when their older siblings are suddenly acting like they’re sooooo much more mature. And if you’re younger, you might even believe they really ARE so much more mature.

But as an older sibling, you can relax a little and know that your sister is basically playing pretend. She’s testing what it’s like to act like this. Maybe she’s trying to grow up a little faster, because being older seems more exciting. Soon it will go away, and you will get back to being sisters who have fun together.

Until then, show her what it means to REALLY act grown up and mature. The next time she says, “You’re SO lame,” then just shrug and reply, “No, I know how to lighten up and have fun.” And keep having fun, being confident in doing what you enjoy without belittling other people. She’ll learn from your example eventually.

I hope this is helpful. Maybe our readers have something to add in the comments. What do you consider mature or immature?
April 18, 2018

I WANT TO WRITE, BUT HOW?!

Hi Nikki,

I really love writing, so I want to write a story in my notebook. The only thing is that I don’t have any inspiration and I never like what I write. What should I do?

Wannabe Writer

Dear Wannabe Writer,

SQUEEEE! I’m SO glad you asked this! 🙂 

I know that Rachel Renee Russell, the lady who helps me get my diaries published, RECEIVES a LOT of questions about where she gets her inspiration. And while my diaries are all about my REAL ACTUAL life, I love writing made-up stories too!

So, let’s talk about inspiration. (Sometimes people also say “where do you get your ideas?” It’s kind of the same thing.)

Inspiration is EVERYHERE! I think it’s more about learning to see the potential story in things. Here are some places I have found inspiration for stories:

  1. People watching/eavesdropping: There’s SO much inspiration to be found in the people around you. Both people you know and people you don’t. Hang out in a park, mall or wherever, and observe people. Imagine what’s happening in their lives. Imagine what their biggest problems are, and what their biggest dreams are. When it’s not rude and obvious, listen in on conversations. 
  2. Using classic stories or characters & worlds you love: Do you remember when you were a kid and there were like fourteen different versions of Cinderella in the picture book section of the library? Writers have been retelling their own versions of classic stories as far back as Shakespeare and even earlier. You might also know this as “fan fiction.” You can write about the characters other authors have created and invent new worlds, or create new characters in worlds other authors have invented. 
  3. Using events from your life: Writing a diary is a whole other thing, but sometimes you can use things from your life as inspiration for fiction. Maybe write about the way you WISH something had turned out. Maybe write about something you’re scared of or frustrated about. Sometimes in telling the story as fiction, we get a new perspective on stuff.
  4. Inspiration from the news or current events: There’s SO much inspiration in the news. Sure, a lot of it is sad/scary stuff. But maybe that’s what you want to write. And anyway, I don’t just mean like politics and world news. I mean ANYTHING that happens in the world around you! 
  5. Writing prompts: If you search online for creative writing prompts, you’ll get a TON of ideas. This isn’t cheating! You’re still the one who will put in the work and creativity to write the story. There’s nothing wrong with a little help getting started!

Now, the second part of your question talked about not liking the progress you make when you write a story. The MOST important thing to remember is that this is COMPLETELY normal! A story always starts with a first draft. And first drafts are usually TERRIBLE!

I think sometimes we think revision just means fixing spelling or grammar mistakes. It DOESN’T! Fiction writers write first drafts that have huge plot holes ( a.k.a. mistakes in the story or things that don’t make sense) and characters they end up cutting or adding. The thing is to allow yourself to write a terrible first draft. Then you look at it and see what you like and what it needs to get better, and then you revise. Sometimes you might revise several times before it gets close to the story you want to tell. 

So, don’t expect it to be perfect. Or even good. Just write because it’s fun. Maybe you’ll make it better later. Maybe you won’t! But above all, you should have fun when you’re writing. 

I hope that helps! 

Hey readers, what helpful tips do you have for writing a good story? Include some suggestions in the comments! 
April 15, 2018

SHOULD I GIVE UP MY DREAM?

What’s up, Brandon? I really want to be a photographer when I grow up. But, my friends think it’s weird and I wouldn’t be able to make a living out of it. That makes me question if I should give up on my dream this early. Since you’re a photographer, I thought I should get your side on things.

Picture This

Hey Picture This,

Okay, so the first thing to address is your main question: Should you give up your dreams?

No.

Moving on…

Okay, hang on, I’ll back up a little. But just a little.

Dude, first of all, you’re what? 12? 13? Even if you’re 16…there’s time! You don’t have to decide what you want to do right now. But if you KNOW you have a passion for photography, then you should be having fun with photography right now, like building skills, trying new things, and learning how to edit stuff. 

Even if you don’t end up with a career in photography, you’ll have learned a super useful skill you can use in your life. But if you’re still really into photography as an adult, there are lots of career options!

I’ve listed some below:

  1. Journalism: Photography for newspapers, websites, etc. Photojournalists might cover local, national, or world events, sports, politics, or court proceedings.
  2. Commercial photography: Taking photos for companies of products and services, like for advertisements, catalogs, websites, etc.
  3. Portrait photography: School/family photos, weddings, graduations, and other special events.
  4. Fashion photography: This includes shooting fashion spreads for a magazines and websites, and shooting live fashion shows.
  5. Scientific photography: This one’s really cool—these photographers record experiments, illustrate technical information, and use special cameras to photograph microscopic images! Scientific photographers work for government agencies, research facilities or universities.
  6. Military photography: You can even make a career as a photographer in the military! Photographers in the U.S. Army take images of Army life and operations, which are used in news stories or press releases.

So, there are a lot of great career options. But I don’t think that’s even the important part. The important part is that you keep doing what you enjoy (like photography) and get better at it. And if you keep enjoying it, you can figure out the best way to make it a permanent part of your life, whether it’s your career or not.

And this is true for lots of dreams. Not everyone who loves singing is going to become a pop star and win a Grammy. But they can join choirs for fun, rock karaoke, do community theater, or sing with their family and friends. Developing their singing skills when they were younger wasn’t a waste, even if they didn’t end up topping the charts.

Same for sports. Not everyone who loves baseball will make the major leagues. They won’t all even be able to play on a college team. But anyone can join a neighborhood softball league, coach Little League or spend weekends at the batting cages. Plus they’ll be having fun and doing what they love.  They’ll also get some exercise, too.

So no, don’t give up on your dream. Have fun, learn and improve. Then see where it takes you!

Do you have a dream your friends or family think is crazy? How does that make you feel? How do you pursue your dream?
April 12, 2018

AM I A CLINGY FRIEND?

Dear Nikki,

I met my BFF in third grade. Now that we’re in sixth grade, it’s like I’m always the one to ask if she wants to hang out. I’m starting to think she doesn’t want to be friends with me anymore since she has a ton of other friends she likes to hang out with besides me. Her popularity only makes me feel worse because she’s the only friend I have and I don’t want to lose her. Am I being too clingy? And if so, what should I do?

BFF Blues

Hi BFF Blues,

I’m really sorry you’re going through this! That’s the tough part about friendships. Sometimes, one person seems to care more about being friends than the other person does.

Guess what? I TOTALLY know how it feels. In fact, everyone does at some point! It’s super normal. But that doesn’t make it hurt any less.

Sixth grade really seems to be a time when some friendships start to, well…change. I think it has to do with us starting to figure out who we are or what we want to be. As a result, friends may grow apart.

I know. Stinks, right? 🙁

Now, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your friend has stopped liking you. She simply might be the type of person who really likes to have a whole bunch of friends, while you might be happier with one or two close friends. It’s not like one way is right and the other is wrong. They just don’t work together very well, do they?

So the thing is, she might not be very happy with just you as a friend (even though you’re AWESOME). And, you might not be very happy since you’re no longer her one and only BFF.

But you can’t change who she is. And you wouldn’t want to, because good friends accept people the way they are. So you have to learn to accept her. That means letting her focus on as many friends as she wants.

Does that mean you can’t ask her for more time to hang out? Absolutely not! You still deserve a GOOD friend! But if you’ve already talked to her about it and nothing has changed, that might mean it’s time to look for a new friend.

So yeah…about the “clingy” part. The truth is, you deserve better than a friend that you cling to because you’re always afraid of losing her. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to have a friend that asks YOU to hang out once in a while without you asking all the time? Of course it would!

Like Elsa said from that old Disney movie, “Frozen,” you need to stop clinging and LET IT GO! 🙂

I know the idea of finding new friends is REALLY scary, especially if you’re not the super outgoing type. But you deserve a friend who gets you, needs you and supports you as much as you get, need and support them.

And believe me, those friends are out there. I promise! They’re going to be SO excited to meet you! 🙂 !!

Also, moving on and finding a new friend to be your BFF does NOT mean you have to ditch your first BFF. It’s not a break-up. She can still be someone you’re friendly with. She just won’t be the person you rely on. Because it sounds like you can’t rely on her, and it’s not fair to you if your friendship is one-sided.

So, recognize all the things that make you an awesome friend, and then go out there and find someone who needs a friend like you!

How do you deal with friendships that feel one-sided? Have you ever felt like the clingy friend?
April 11, 2018

Quirky Question of the Week


Hey everyone! Here’s this week’s Quirky Question:

You’re a character in Dork Diaries Book 8: Tales From A Not-So-Happily Eve After, and you’re visiting the Charming Kingdom in Fairy Tale Land. Why should you be crowned Princess (or Prince) of the dorks? Give us three reasons. Also tell us what your royal name would be. Like, for example, I would choose: “Princess Adorkable Nikki Of Westchester.”

April 9, 2018

PEOPLE ARE RUDE ABOUT MY CULTURE!

Hey Brandon! I met these girls at school and we hit it off pretty well. But then I started wearing this small dot on my forehead that’s called a “bindi.” It’s an Indian tradition. So, last week these girls came over to my house and started saying all this rude stuff about my bindi, like “Does that thingy hurt?” or “That’s sooo weird!” It made me SO mad! What do I do about people who don’t understand my culture, and is there anybody out there who gets it?

Culture Shock Catastrophe

Hey Culture Shock Catastrophe,

Yeah, that does sound pretty rude. I’d even say insensitive, if you ask me. 

I might not be the best person to answer this. I think it would be super helpful to talk to someone who can identify with what you’re going through, someone who knows what it’s like to wear a bindi in the US.

But since you asked me, I’ll give it my best shot!

Depending where you live (like if you live in a small town that’s not very diverse, instead of a big city with a diverse population), your friends might not have ever seen someone with a bindi before. 

Now, just because they’ve never seen one before doesn’t give them the right to be all rude about it, and you shouldn’t have to be the one to educate them. 

But if you’re willing, I guess a brief explanation that it’s part of your culture and it’s totally normal to you would probably help. If people are really pushy and rude, I think it’s okay to say, “Look, I think that’s rude and you should stop making such a big deal about it.”

I think the madder you get, and the more you make a big deal out of it, the more of an issue it will become. That’s not right. But I think the calmer you can be about it, the better.

My grandma’s always quoting this writer lady named Maya Angelou who said, “When you know better, you do better.”

So if it starts going down a weird road with your friends, I think you should take a deep breath and remind yourself that they don’t know better. Yet. But if they learn from you about what a bindi is and why you wear it, then maybe next time, they won’t be rude about it.

You asked me if there are any people out there who won’t be rude about your culture. I’d say look for people who realize that you’re Indian and respect you for it. They may have already noticed the unique customs your family has. Or maybe your mom wears a bindi, and they’ve seen that. So hopefully they’ll be nicer than the people who were rude to you.

You could even mention the bindi yourself, if you want to get it out of the way. Like, “Hey, check it out. I started wearing a bindi. It’s an Indian tradition. You can look it up if you want to know more.” But, I realize how exhausting it must be to explain your culture all the time. So only mention it if you want to. 

Hopefully people will get the hint that you’re not going to give a four-hour seminar on the significance of the bindi! 🙂

Do you have a cultural tradition others don’t understand? How do you respond when people do stuff that YOU don’t understand? Tell us in the comments! 
April 6, 2018

A BULLY KEEPS PICKING ON MY CRUSH!

Hey Nikki,

Justin likes me, but I don’t really like him back because I’ve got a crush on Chris. That makes Justin jealous, so he bullies Chris. Our school dance is coming, and it’s boys ask girls, but I’m pretty sure Chris won’t ask me since he’s afraid of Justin. Justin has already asked me to go to the dance with him FOUR TIMES, but I just want him to leave me and Chris alone. PLEASE HELP!

Catastrophic Crush Crisis 

Hi Catastrophic Crush Crisis,

UUUURRGHH!! Justin’s behavior is SO not cool! There’s a lot going on in this letter, so let’s break it down: 

  1. Justin is bullying your crush, Chris. 
  2. Chris is too scared to ask you to the dance because of Justin. 
  3. Meanwhile, Justin keeps trying to get you to go to the dance with him, but you don’t want to go with him. You want to go with Chris. 

Okay. Let’s talk about how Justin is basically stalking you. I’ve answered other questions about what to do when you don’t like the guy who’s crushing on you. That’s a tough situation, but it’s way different than this one. Because he’s not just crushing on you. He’s being pushy and NOT taking “no” for an answer. This is NOT OKAY.

There’s this ridiculous thing in TV and movies where boys are taught not to take no for an answer. In romantic comedies, the girl says no, but then the guy does all these outrageous things, and in the end, he always gets the girl. It seems cute and funny when it’s all glossy Hollywood-style, but it’s NOT cute and funny when you’re the girl who wishes a guy would LISTEN when you say NO. Like, it’s not that hard!!

And movies aren’t real life, but guys get fed this line that they can earn the girl’s affection. And then when real life doesn’t turn out that way, they can get super ticked off.

So, I think you should hold your ground. And be clear. Maybe you already have been, but a lot of times girls try to be “nice” which can make guys like Justin think that they still have a chance. Try saying, “No, and I’m not going to change my mind, and it’s making me uncomfortable that you keep asking. So, please stop.”

If he keeps pushing even after that, I’d talk to a teacher/counselor/some sort of adult who can step in and help you. Because I want you to stand up for yourself, but I don’t want to put you in a difficult position with a guy who sounds like he could lash out if he’s mad. 

Okay, on to your ACTUAL crush. I can totally see why Chris would be scared to ask you to the dance! 🙁 

I know you said the dance is “boys ask girls,” but is that like an official rule? And even if it is, who cares? What if you asked Chris, the guy you’re crushing on? Then, if Justin asks you AGAIN, you can say, “I’m already going with somebody.” Or if you’re too nervous to ask Chris to go with you, at LEAST ask him to dance with you at the event. And DON’T dance with Justin since he was so rude and pushy!

Maybe you could also work on hanging out with Chris OUTSIDE of school, in situations where Justin isn’t there to bully him. Maybe by texting, Snapchatting or whatever you do. Or maybe you actually hang out in person. But either way, give yourselves a chance to get to know each other without the pressure of Justin’s interference.

I’m sorry you’re dealing with this, and I hope you and your crush figure out a way to crush on each other in peace, without Justin barging in where he’s not wanted.

Have you ever had a bully crushing on you? How did you handle it? Have you ever been bullied out of crushing on someone?  Tell us all about it in the comments! 

A BULLY KEEPS PICKING ON MY CRUSH!

Hey Nikki,

Justin likes me, but I don’t really like him back because I’ve got a crush on Chris. That makes Justin jealous, so he bullies Chris. Our school dance is coming, and it’s boys ask girls, but I’m pretty sure Chris won’t ask me since he’s afraid of Justin. Justin has already asked me to go to the dance with him FOUR TIMES, but I just want him to leave me and Chris alone. PLEASE HELP!

Catastrophic Crush Crisis 

Hi Catastrophic Crush Crisis,

UUUURRGHH!! Justin’s behavior is SO not cool! There’s a lot going on in this letter, so let’s break it down: 

  1. Justin is bullying your crush, Chris. 
  2. Chris is too scared to ask you to the dance because of Justin. 
  3. Meanwhile, Justin keeps trying to get you to go to the dance with him, but you don’t want to go with him. You want to go with Chris. 

Okay. Let’s talk about how Justin is basically stalking you. I’ve answered other questions about what to do when you don’t like the guy who’s crushing on you. That’s a tough situation, but it’s way different than this one. Because he’s not just crushing on you. He’s being pushy and NOT taking “no” for an answer. This is NOT OKAY.

There’s this ridiculous thing in TV and movies where boys are taught not to take no for an answer. In romantic comedies, the girl says no, but then the guy does all these outrageous things, and in the end, he always gets the girl. It seems cute and funny when it’s all glossy Hollywood-style, but it’s NOT cute and funny when you’re the girl who wishes a guy would LISTEN when you say NO. Like, it’s not that hard!!

And movies aren’t real life, but guys get fed this line that they can earn the girl’s affection. And then when real life doesn’t turn out that way, they can get super ticked off.

So, I think you should hold your ground. And be clear. Maybe you already have been, but a lot of times girls try to be “nice” which can make guys like Justin think that they still have a chance. Try saying, “No, and I’m not going to change my mind, and it’s making me uncomfortable that you keep asking. So, please stop.”

If he keeps pushing even after that, I’d talk to a teacher/counselor/some sort of adult who can step in and help you. Because I want you to stand up for yourself, but I don’t want to put you in a difficult position with a guy who sounds like he could lash out if he’s mad. 

Okay, on to your ACTUAL crush. I can totally see why Chris would be scared to ask you to the dance! 🙁 

I know you said the dance is “boys ask girls,” but is that like an official rule? And even if it is, who cares? What if you asked Chris, the guy you’re crushing on? Then, if Justin asks you AGAIN, you can say, “I’m already going with somebody.” Or if you’re too nervous to ask Chris to go with you, at LEAST ask him to dance with you at the event. And DON’T dance with Justin since he was so rude and pushy!

Maybe you could also work on hanging out with Chris OUTSIDE of school, in situations where Justin isn’t there to bully him. Maybe by texting, Snapchatting or whatever you do. Or maybe you actually hang out in person. But either way, give yourselves a chance to get to know each other without the pressure of Justin’s interference.

I’m sorry you’re dealing with this, and I hope you and your crush figure out a way to crush on each other in peace, without Justin barging in where he’s not wanted.

Have you ever had a bully crushing on you? How did you handle it? Have you ever been bullied out of crushing on someone?  Tell us all about it in the comments! 
April 2, 2018

CRAZY DAISY DASH!

It’s funny how Daisy almost completely RUINED my life and then SAVED it, all within ten minutes!

We were having surprisingly warm weather for March, and Daisy was so stir crazy that she nearly trashed my entire bedroom. So, I decided to take her for a little walk.

 But, what started out as a “little walk” with a cute and innocent puppy suddenly turned into muddy, messy mayhem with a baby Tasmanian Devil on a leash!

I was minding my own business and watching Daisy happily prance down the sidewalk, when she spotted this squirrel and darted after it so quickly, she nearly yanked my hand off along with the leash!

OMG. That dog LOSES IT’S FREAKIN’ MIND around squirrels! I don’t know what her problem is. I mean, she acts nuttier than the acorn that squirrel was trying to bury in the dirt! 

Since she could have ended up a lost dog (or even worse…a Golden Retriever puppy pancake in the street!), I dashed after her, calling out her name like some cray-cray lunatic.

“DAISY!! WAIT, DAISY!! COME BAAAAAAAACK!!!” I screamed at the top of my lungs.

But it so did not work. DUH. It never does when you’re dealing with a SQURRIEL.

Note to reader: If you have a dog and ever walk it outside, BEWARE. THE. SQURRIEL!!! 

I ended up chasing crazy Daisy all the way into a nearby park. I was in such a frantic daze that I nearly knocked over some little girl holding an ice cream cone, piled high with three scoops, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Fortunately, I didn’t crash into her. But, I couldn’t say the same her tasty treat, which ended up right in my FACE. It also got all over my brand new sporty tank top, which I saved up for ALL WINTER to buy and wear when Spring finally came!  

I looked like I had just gotten into a paint ball fight. With an ice cream cone! Just great!! 🙁

“Heeeyyy! You made me drop my ice cream!!” She moaned.

The little girl looked like she was about to lose it since I had completely DESTROYED her three scoops of creamy bliss. 

“Um…I am SO sorry!” I sputtered in between breaths. Hey, I wasn’t some heartless cone-ruining freak! So, I dug into my pocket I quickly handed her what was left of my allowance for her to buy a new one. 

Then, I got back to chasing Daisy. It was because of her chasing the squirrel that I ruined some poor little kid’s snack. Plus I was now an icky, sticky, gooey mess! 

Just when I thought I had her and grabbed for her leash, the little fur ball followed the squirrel into a mud puddle, jumped in, and ended up covering me all over with stinky MUD. 

Now, I was an icky sticky, gooey, stinky, MUDDY mess! Yuck!!

But, I wasn’t about to give up. The thought of my dog ending up a pancake in the street brought tears to my eyes as I ran. I was so blinded by them that I didn’t notice I flock of pigeons huddled in the grass right in front of me. 

I startled them all at once and they went soaring into the air, covering me with a bunch dirty, smelly feathers!

“NOOOOOOO!!” I bellowed.  Then some of those feathers actually ended up in my mouth. Bleh!

Now I was an icky sticky, gooey, stinky, MUDDY, pigeon-cootie-covered mess!! With feathers in my mouth!!! 

When it couldn’t have gotten any worse, IT SO DID. You would not BELIEVE what happened next!  

I’ll give you one clue.  I’d rather be DRENCHED from head to toe in PIGEON POOP than to run into…

MACKENZIE HOLLISTER!!!!

“Nikki Maxwell! Is that you?!” She chuckle-snorted. “OMG! You’re a MESS!! But then again,” she cackled, “You always are! Shower much?!”

Now, the only thing worse than plain old MacKenzie is MacKenzie with a CELL PHONE to capture a super humiliating moment.  This was totally one of those moments!

MacKenzie whipped out her bling-covered cell and aimed it towards me like she was about to fire. “This is gonna look SO good on Instagram!” she hissed. “Everybody at school is going to LOVE IT!”

I couldn’t move. I felt like a deer in headlights. My life flashed before my eyes. It included the moment when Brandon would see that photo of me and think I was such a LOSER, that he’d never, ever want to hang out with me again!

Suddenly, the squirrel came dashing right in front MacKenzie, flowed by Daisy, who rammed into MacKenzie. It startled MacKenzie so much that she dropped her cell phone and it landed right into the same puddle that splashed me. PLOP!

“Oh nooooo! My cell phone!!” she whimpered as she dove into the mud puddle after it. 

Now SHE was a total mess. She looked like she had been in a mud-wrestling match with her cell phone. And lost!

I FINALLY caught Daisy by stepping on her leash as she dove past me. I scooped her up into my arms, relieved and completely forgetting all of the trouble she had caused.

“Come on Daisy,” I whispered, “Let’s get out of here!”

Daisy wagged her tail and licked the ice cream smeared all over my face.

“Oh, and thanks for saving me back there.” I added. “You’re not such a ‘Crazy Daisy’ after all!”

What’s the craziest thing that ever happened to you and your pet? If you don’t have one, what’s the craziest kind of pet you would get? Comments, please!