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May 17, 1997

This story was written by Alma Traviss, a learner at the Literacy Society of South Muskoka, in Gravenhurst, Ontario.

Alma Traviss has been a student at the Literacy Society of South Muskoka for four years. She likes to knit, sew, and do other crafts. Alma is determined to complete her education. This is a true story from Alma's life.


by Alma Traviss

A skunk is in my house. O dear, what will I do? It was so funny when it was all over. At the time, it was scary. This is what happened. I had a brainstorm to build an underground woodshed so the hole was dug in the ground and we could go through from the basement. We were going to do the walls with rocks and cement blocks. The roof was all that was to be out of the ground.

At the time the skunk got in, the shed was just a hole in the ground. I heard a noise in the basement. I went to the top of the stairs and started down. There was a skunk! Very quietly I came back up.

How do you get a skunk out of your house?! Well, this is what I did. I went to the fridge and got out some chicken. I went out the back door and around to the front door and opened it. By this time the skunk was in the rec-room. I put the chicken on the floor and left the door open and some more chicken all the way out to the lawn. When the noise was gone, I tiptoed downstairs to see if the skunk was gone. He was, He did not spray, but he had his crap on the floor. It was an awful smell.

We finished the woodshed. It held a lot of wood. That was the end of the skunk.

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