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Despite my resignation, we set about gathering supplies we needed to enter the competition.

“Egg. Check.”

“Shoebox. Check.”

“Twine…”

“No Twine.” She said.  “What? No Twine? I don’t have any money. What are we going to do now?”

“I’ll ask my grandmother for a couple of dollars.”

A few minutes later we were headed to the shopping center near her home in search of some twine. We found a drug store and purchased the twine plus 2 candy bars.

Sitting on the curb in the summer heat to eat the candy before the chocolate could melt, we discussed our strategy.

“Whatta we do now?” I asked.

“We wrap the box with the twine.”

“I know that!” I said “But…what happens if the egg breaks in the box before we get to the school? And how are we going to get to the school?”

“We can take our bikes.”

“Nah, I think we should just walk.”

“Alright.” She said.

I called my mom and asked if I could spend the night and took a few minutes to let her know where I’d be the next day.

The next morning, we were about to secure the shoe box with the twine with the egg inside when my friend’s grandmother suggested we use something to keep the egg from rattling around inside the box first.

Newspaper; that’s what we used. Taking pages and balling them up to cover the area around the egg, we then placed the lid on and secured it with the twine.