Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lily Writes A Letter

Lily Alcott was 5 years old. She was in kindergarten. She was learning how to to read and write and spell. She loved practicing them too. She was always begging her Mom and Dad to let her read to them. She was always writing letters all over her the blackboard on her big easel or on stray pieces of paper. She was always asking her Mom and Dad to give her words to spell. She even tried to give herself words to spell. Sometimes that worked okay. Other times, she came up with some pretty interesting spellings.

Lily sat at the the little pink wooden desk in her room one afternoon trying to spell words when her Mom came in waving a postcard. "Lily!" she called out . "You got mail!"

Lily jumped out of her seat and excitedly and clapped her hands with delight. "Oh boy!" she exclaimed. She loved getting mail and she hardly ever got any. She didn't even ask who it was from. She just kept jumping up and down excitedly.

"Don't you want to know who it's from?" Mommy teased finally.

Lily bobbed her head up and down. Yes! Yes! Yes! She took the postcard from her mother. She couldn't read the whole thing. She could just read the top where it said "Dear Lily" and at the bottom where it said "Love Grandma" and a word or two in-between. "Can you read it to me?" she asked her mother eagerly.

Her mother took the card back and read "Dear Lily,  I am having a wonderful time and meeting all kinds of charming people. Yesterday, we road down Lombard Street the crookiest street in the world. Today  we are going riding on a cable car and going to a chocolate factory. I can't wait to come home and see you, my beautiful granddaughter. Love Grandma." She handed the card back to Lily.

Lily smiled thinking warmly of her grandmother. "Where is Grandma?" she asked her mother.

"She's in San Francisco visiting Uncle Bob." Mommy reminded her.

"Oh yeah." replied Lily a little bit sadly. She really missed Grandma. She and her grandmother were really close. She turned the postcard over in her hand and looked at the picture on the front. "What's that?" she asked her mother.

"It's a cable car."  Mommy explained.

"Oh." said Lily. She thought about Grandma riding on a cable car. That made Lily miss her even more.

"You know," said Mommy, "You can write Grandma a letter back."

Lily liked the idea of it, but she didn't know if she could do it. She had never written anyone a letter before. "What would I say?" she asked.

"Tell her we got her letter and how much you miss her." suggested Mommy.

"That's a great idea!" exclaimed Lily. Now, she was really excited about it. She got Mommy to give her a pretty purple flowered piece of stationery and she took out a pencil and sat down at her desk.

"Do you need my help?" asked Mommy.

"No, thank you." said Lily. She was a big girl. She wanted to do it all by herself. She sat at her desk. She wrote in big letters on her piece of paper "DEAR GRANDMA, WE GOT YOUR LETTER. I MISS YOU. LOVE LILY." Then, without showing it to her mother, she put it in the envelope and sealed it up. She gave it to her mother to address, stamp and mail.

"So what did you write?" asked Mommy a little bit nosily or at least Lily thought so.

"That is between Grandma and me." Lily replied.

Mommy mailed the letter the next day.

About a week later Mommy and Lily were sitting next to each other on the couch and watching one of Lily's favorite movies on the DVD player. The phone rang. Mommy paused the DVD and answered the phone. "Lily," she said "It's for you." 

Lily was surprised she didn't usually get many phone calls. What an exciting month she was having,  a letter and a phone call. She put the receiver to her ear. "Hello?" she said into it.

"Hello, Lily." said a familiar voice.

"Hi Grandma." said Lily excitedly recognizing the sound of her Grandmother's voice. "I love you and I miss you."

"I love you and I miss you too dear." said Grandma. "I am calling to tell you that I got your letter and it is the nicest letter anyone has ever sent me."

"Thanks, Grandma." said Lily happily. She was glad Grandma liked her letter. She was really proud of herself.

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