Hi, I’m Herman. I am a project in Mrs McIntosh’s P5\6 class, in Methlick Primary School, Scotland. All the children got their names  put into a hat, and three lucky people would get their names pulled out! Maddie got her name drawn out of the hat and so she was the lucky winner! I finally had an owner to look after me. Maddie carried me to her house and I was put on her desk in her room, stirred for half a minute or so, and then a tea towel was put lightly over me – she put it so that I could still breathe. I sat there over night as I watched Maddie sleeping. I didn’t manage to get any sleep because there was so many exciting things going on in my brain that I just couldn’t calm down!

When Maddie woke up, she went straight to my mixing bowl, gave me a good stir, and then put the tea towel back over me.

Then she went to practice her piano for half an hour, and then she came back into her room and practiced her violin for half an hour, I listened to her and I bubbled with delight. Then Maddie went to school, and when she returned, she stirred me! How faithful can you get?! (She had a sheet of paper that she was following saying what to do each day.) This carried on for three more days and when it got to the fourth day, Maddie could tell that I was getting hungry so she gave me my favorite foods: 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk – I think. You see, with such a small brain like mine, it’s hard to remember little things like that, you understand!

She then stirred me well until I was back to my normal color again. I was feeling great! It was getting quite late now, so Maddie was going to bed, she gave me a final stir and went to bed. That night I got a tiny bit of sleep, still, not much!

In the morning Maddie got out of bed and gave me a great big stir! Again the same thing happened for 5 more days until on the 9th day, I got quite hungry again, I really do have an appetite! After she gave me 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of flour, one cup of milk, and then stirred me for a bit, I remembered (I was SO proud of myself for actually remembering something that no one had helped me with!) that on the 9th day – or was it the ninth day? – I think it was, that on the 9th day, I would get cut into four quarters, and 3 of me were given away to 3 other P5/6 boys and girls, which I’m sure are all very nice too!

I was split in half, I was sad to leave Maddie because she had treated and followed the rules so well and I wasn’t sure that the others were going to do that too. But on the other hand, it was exciting to see what other lovely boys and girls there were. Well whether I liked it or not, 1 quarter of me went to Alice, who I later found out she was nice too, 1 quarter to Sarah, who followed the rules well too, and my third and fourth quarter to Maddie’s huge family! Then Maddie fed me because I was smaller than before (two of my quarters had been given away to Alice and Sarah) so she gave me extra, I really needed it!

She gave me 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 cups of plain flour, 2/3 of a cup of cooking oil, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence, 2 cooking apples cut into small chunks, she missed out on the raisins because her 2 little sisters and her big brother didn’t like them, and then 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and last but not least, 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Then she halved that so that she could keep all of that for apple and cinnamon Herman muffins, and then with the other half, she put in 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 5 1/2 grated carrots and all the rest except from the apples and the cinnamon, and the raisins!

She put me in the oven, which was very nice and warm, and when it was time, she took me out and I was 12 cinnamon and apple muffins, and 9 carrot muffins. I got lots of compliments of how good I was, I was quite proud too! But I have never forgotten Maddie. Now Alice and Sarah were quite another story, a good one too, but Alice’s house had dogs, dogs and more dogs! It was quite fun though, and Sarah’s had sheep, sheep and more sheep! That was also great. I would love to tell those stories too, but I am quite tired now, I think I need to catch up on a lot of sleep I have missed! I am still alive in my muffin shapes, it’s great here.

Thanks for hearing my story,

LOVE from Herman 🙂

by Maddie