Saturday, October 26, 2013

What's in a Name?

Mae Johnson hated her name. She thought it was the stupidest most boring name in the world. One day, she decided she'd had enough of it, and she just wasn't going to answer to it anymore. "I'm not going to be Mae anymore." She told her Mommy at breakfast. "From now on call me Alisandre." Mommy smiled but didn't really think that Mae was serious.

At lunch time, Mommy called out "Mae! It's time for lunch!" There was no answer and nobody came running. Again, she called out "Mae! Please come to lunch now!" Finally, she called out "Alisandre!" In two seconds Mae was at her seat at the table ready for lunch. Mommy just shook her head.

The next day when Mae came down to breakfast. Mommy said "Good morning, Mae." thinking that surely by now Mae must be back to herself. Mae shook her head. She wasn't ready to go back to that old boring name. "Alisandre?" asked Mommy uncertainly.

Mae shook her head. "I don't want that old stuffy name." she said shaking her head. "I'm changing my name to Calliope. From now on call me Calliope."

"Calliope." repeated Mommy frowning.

"Yes." said Mae. "Calliope Johnson that's me. Doesn't that just sound wonderful?" she asked dreamily. It was everything she could possibly want in a name.

"Eat your breakfast, Calliope Johnson." replied Mommy shaking her head .

By lunch time, Mae was already bored with Calliope. "After all," as she explained to Mommy, "a name with that much music in it can give a person a headache just hearing it all the time. I have decided to call myself Willamina because Willamina is a wonderful name."

Mommy just nodded her head but didn't say anything. She thought Mae was a wonderful name.

When Daddy came home from work and saw Mae, he said "How's my little Maebug?"

"Daddy!" exclaimed Mae. "I am not little. I am not a bug, and I am not Mae."

"You're not Mae?" said Daddy. "Then, who are you and what have you done with my Maebug?" Daddy asked smiling as he lifted Mae up into his arms.

"Seriously, Daddy." replied Mae squirming out of Daddy's arms. "Mae is a boring name. I am not Mae anymore. From now on my name is Katrinka."

"Why would you want to call yourself Katrinka when you already have a beautiful name like Mae?" asked Daddy.

Mae wrinkled her nose and shook her head. "Daddy, " she said "Mae is not a beautiful name! Katrinka is a beautiful name! Mae is a boring name. It is not special at all. It's just boring!"

"Your mother, and I think Mae is a beautiful name. We think it is the most special beautiful name in the world and that is why we gave it to our beautiful special daughter."

"You did?" asked Mae in surprise.

"We did." said Daddy. "We went through tons and tons of name books, and we could not find a name that we thought was more beautiful or special than Mae."

 Just then, Mommy came in from the kitchen were she had been preparing dinner. "Go get washed up, Katrinka." she said. "It is still Katrinka, isn't it?"

Mae shook her head. "No, mommy." she said. "I'm Mae, and I am always going to be Mae."

"I'm glad." said Mommy.

"Me too." said Mae.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Petra Loves Peanut Butter

Petra Gunderson loved peanut butter. She could eat it every day. She could eat it for every meal. She never wanted to eat anything else.

At breakfast time, her mother said, "Why don't you have some eggs?"

"I'll have a peanut butter pancakes." replied Petra.

"Why don't you at least try some chocolate chip pancakes?" suggested her father.

Petra shook her head no. "I'll have peanut butter pancakes." she repeated.

Mommy and Daddy looked at each other and shook their heads. Mommy made Petra her peanut butter pancakes.

For lunch, Petra requested a peanut butter sandwhich.

Mommy and Daddy tried to convince Petra to eat something else. Petra did not want crunchy chicken nuggets. She did not want a juicy roast beef sandwiches. She did not want creamy tomato soup. She only wanted a peanut butter sandwich.

Mommy and Daddy finally gave up trying to convince Petra to eat something else. Mommy made Petra a peanut butter sandwich. Petra quickly ate it and requested another.

For dinner, at first Petra wanted another peanut butter sandwich. When Mommy and Daddy urged her to have something different, she decided to have a peanut butter burger instead. "Are you sure?" asked Mommy. It sounded really strange to Mommy. Petra noddded so Mommy made it for her. Petra loved it and ate every bite.

After that she still ate peanut butter for every meal, but she ate more variations of it. Aside from peanut butter pancakes, peanut butter sandwhiches, and peanut butter burgers, there were peanut butter muffins, peanut butter bagels, and peanut butter chicken. There were peanut butter snacks and peanut butter desserts too: peanut butter crackers, peanut butter cookies and peanut butter pie. The accompanying foods varied, but there was always peanut butter. Petra absolutely refused to eat anything else.

One morning, Petra woke up and sat down at the table for breakfast. "Here are your peanut butter pancakes" said Mommy cheerfully placing a plate in front of Petra. Petra frowned. "What's the matter?" asked her mother. "Do you want peanut butter pancakes or peanut butter toast instead?" she asked. Petra shook her head no. "Are you feeling alright then?" asked Mommy. She felt Petra's head. Petra pushed her hand away and shook her head. She didn't feel sick. "Then what's the matter?" asked Mommy.

"I don't want peanut butter anything." replied Petra finally.

"You don't?" said Mommy in surprise. She quickly helped herself to a seat before she fell over from the shock."You don't want peanut butter anything?" she repeated to make sure she'd actually heard right.

"No, I don't." said Petra.

Mommy just stared at Petra. She was just too shocked to say anything.

"I'm sick of peanut butter."

Mommy couldn't help smiling. She never thought she would hear those words coming out of Petra's mouth. This was a happy day indeed. "What would you like?" she asked.

Petra thought about it for a minute, and then she said excitedly. "I know. I'll have pancakes with jelly."

"Coming right up." said Mommy equally excitedly. She was so happy that Petra was giving up on only eating peanut butter foods. There were so many other great foods for Petra to try.

For lunch, Petra wanted a jelly sandwich. For snack she wanted a jelly donut. For dinner, she wanted jelly dogs.

"Are you going to have jelly with every meal now?" asked Mommy as she was making Petra's jelly stuffed French toast the next morning.

Petra smiled. "I just love jelly." she said. "It's my favorite food."

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Paige Absolutely Hates Peas

Paige Wheatley hated peas. She hated them with a passion. Whenever her mother served them, she would push them around on her plate and never eat them.

"No dessert, if you don't eat your peas." her mother told her.

Paige scooped up her peas on her spoon. She put the spoon to her mouth. But no! She couldn't do it. She quickly dropped the spoon back to the plate.

"Paige!" exclaimed her mother as some of the peas trickled on to the floor. She stooped down to pick them up and throw them in the garbage. She glared at Paige. Paige knew better than that.

Janie page's older sister snickered. "Peas are delicious." she declared as she shoveled a spoonful into her mouth.

"But they're green!" said Paige disgustedly.

"So is honeydew, and you like that." pointed out Janie.

Paige starred at the plate of peas for minute. They were green and looked bumpy and there were so many of them. They did not look sweet at all. She looked back at her sister and shook her head. Janie had to be lying. These things could not possibly be sweet.

"They're small." she said finally.

"So are you." pointed out  Janie.

Paige glared at her sister.

"Alright that's enough. " said Daddy. "Finish your dinner. Mom made a delicious chocolate cake for dessert."

 Chocolate cake! Paige's mouthwatered just thinking about it. Chocolate cake  was her absolute favorite. She stared back down at her peas. Those evil peas were all that was standing between  her and sweet delicious chocolate cake.

"Remember," said Mommy as if she were reading Paige's mind. "No cake if you don't eat your peas."

Paige glared at the peas. 'What evil, evil little vegetables!' she thought. She closed her eyes tightly hoping the peas would just go away. Unfortunately, when she opened them again, those peas were still there sitting on her plate as if they were staring at her. She sighed.

By now, Mommy and Daddy and Janie were finished eating;. They cleared the dishes and waited impatiently for Paige to finish too.

Paige looked up at Mommy and Daddy and especially Janie's unhappy face. Then, she looked down at the plate of peas again. She just couldn't do it. She just couldn't.

After a while, Janie asked "Are we going to sit here all night?"

"Paige?" asked Daddy. "Are you going to eat those peas?" Paige was silent. Daddy took her silence as a no. "Let's have dessert." Daddy said to Mom.

Paige smiled happily. She had won! She faced those evils peas and beat them.

Mommy got plates and forks. Daddy cut slices of cake. One. Two. Three. Three slices of cake. One for Mommy, one for Daddy and one for Janie. None for Paige. Paige groaned in disappointment.

"Delicious!" sighed Janie happily biting into a chocolately slice of cake. She smiled at Paige. Paige glared back.

"You have noone to blame but yourself for not having any cake." said Mommy as she and Daddy also bit into their slices of cake.

They finished and quickly. Janie cleared the dishes. Daddy rinsed them. Mommy put them in the dishwasher. The only thing left on the table was Paige's plate of peas.

"This is your last chance." said Mommy as Daddy and Janie exited the kitchen. "Are you going to eat your peas or not?"

Paige unhappily looked at her plate of peas. Then, she looked back up at her mother. "Can I still have cake?"

"Yes." replied her mother, "but this is your last chance. We can't sit in this kitchen all night. I have things to do and so do you."

Paige sighed. She slowly very slowly put some peas on her spoon. She slowly very slowly put the spoon in her mouth. She slowly very slowly took a teeny tiny bite of peas. It was so tiny that she barely tasted a thing. She took a slightly bigger bite. Wait! Could it be? She took an even bigger bite. Yes! It could. The peas were sweet. They were tasty. In fact, they were really good. Paige smiled happily and gobbled down the rest of the peas.

When she finished, Mommy cleared her plate and sliced her a piece of cake. "Now, that wasn't so bad, was it?" said Mommy.

Paige shook her head no.

"Peas are not so bad after all, are they?" said Mommy.

Paige shook her head no again. "Can we have them again tomorrow?!" she asked eagerly.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Liora the Liar

Liora Sanders was lonely. She had just moved to a new town, and she didn't have any friends yet. She watched all the other kids having a good time and playing together on the playground, and she was filled with jealousy. She wanted to make some new friends and make them quickly.

Liora approached two girls in her class, Patsy Nicoletti and Grace Mero. They were sitting on a bench and chattering and giggling and just generally having a good time."Hi."she said cheerfully. "I am Liora Sanders." The two girls just kept on chattering and giggling to themselves and didn't even seem to notice Liora. "I just moved here." said Liora. Patsy and Grace still ignored her. "I have 17 pets" said Liora.

Patsy and Grace immediately stopped talking. "What? they said unsure whether to believe Liora or not.

"I have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 hamsters, 5 fish, a guinea pig, a bird, and a goat named Billa. My Dad got Billa when made his last movie. We just got so attached to her that they let us keep her."

Patsy and Grace's eyes practically bulged out of their heads. "You have a goat?" asked Patsy.

"Your Dad's a movie star?" asked Grace.

Liora nodded her head. "Yes, " she said to Patsy. "That's why we moved here because you can't really keep a goat in a penthouse apartment. Our new house is so big we have plenty of room for all our animals." To Grace she said. "My Dad's been in over 20 movies. My Mom used to be an actress too, but she stopped when she had me because she didn't want me to be raised by nannies and housekeepers."

"Has your Dad been in anything I would have seen?" asked Grace.

Liora shook her head. "I doubt  it, " she said "unless you go to a lot of R rated movies. He is going to be making his first PG rated movie soon though and Zac Efron and Miranda Cosgrove are playing his kids."

The two girls eyes practically bulged out of their heads again. "Zach Efron?" said Patsy. She closed her eyes dreamily and sighed.

"Miranda Cosgrove?" added Grace jealoulsy. "I just loved her in i-Carly.

Liora quickly put her hand to her mouth.  "Oh." she said worriedly through her fingers. "I wasn't supposed to say anything. My father doesn't want people hanging around the house and asking him to get Zac and Miranda's autograph's and stuff."

Grace and Patsy frowned. They had been planning to do just that. "Your probably lying anyway." said Grace.

"Yeah." agreed Patsy."Why should we believe you?"

The next day Liora brought in a picture of herself. In the picture she was standing next to a brown and white goat. "This is Billa." she said.

Grace and Patsy's eyes opened as wide as two saucers and their jaws dropped. They didn't know what to say. "Do you want to be our friend?" Grace asked finally as Patsy nodded in agreement.

Liora smiled eagerly. "I would love that. I would really love that." she replied truthfully.

After that the three girls were inseparable. They played together every day at recess. Grace and Patsy kept asking Liora when they could come to her house and see all her animals, but Liora kept putting them off. "We are still getting the house organized from moving and my mother doesn't want company." she explained one day. "My Dad was filming late last night, and he is going to be sleeping all day." she said another.

One day in school, they were having a party for the 100th day. Liora was surprised and horrified to find out that one of the parents that would be helping out that day was her mother. "Are you surprised to see me?" asked her mother cheerfully. Liora was surprised but not happy. She frowned deeply. Her mother didn't seem to notice. "You always wanted me to volunteer at your school, but I couldn't so I took a vacation day today so I could come in." explained her mother. Liora shook her head sadly. That had been in her old school when she was with her old friends.

Before she could stop them, Patsy and Grace excitedly came over to Liora and her mother. "Hi!" they greeted Liora's mother warmly. "I'm Patsy." said Patsy.

"I'm Grace." added Grace.

"It's so nice to meet you." replied Liora's mother. "I have heard so much about you."

"We are glad to meet you too."they said. They immediately started peppering her with questions.

"What's it like living with a goat?" asked Patsy.

"Do you miss making movies?" asked Grace.

"What!?" asked Liora's mother. She looked at Liora. Liora said nothing. She just looked away.

"Don't you have a pet goat?" asked Patsy.

"Didn't you used to be a movie star?" asked Grace.

Liora's mother smiled. "Very funny." she said. "Is this some kind of joke?" she asked Liora, but Liora didn't answer. She didn't even look at her mother. 

Patsy and Grace did not look amused. In fact, they looked downright angry. They looked at Liora. Then, they looked back at her mother.  "Liora told us you have 17 pets including a goat." said Patsy angrily as she realized Liora had been lying to them all along."

"Yeah, and she said her Dad was a movie star, and you used to be one too." added Grace equally as angrily.

The two girls glared at Liora. Her mother looked at her too but with confusion "Liora?" asked her mother. She still didn't quite know what was going on.

Liora bit her lip to keep from crying. "I just wanted you to like me." she said to Grace and Patsy. "I just wanted to have friends."

"But you lied to us."  said Patsy as Grace nodded vigorously. "Do you really have any pets at all?

"We do have two dogs." said Liora's mother.

"I like dogs." said Grace.

"My husband is a pilot, and I work in an art gallery." added Liora's mother.

"Wow," replied Patsy. "I have never even been on an airplane."

"Liora's been on planes since she was a baby." said her mother. Liora nodded but didn't say anything.

Patsy looked at Liora. "Your're life is still pretty cool even if you don't have 15 pets and movie stars for parents." she said.

"Yeah." added Grace. "Why did you have to lie about it?"

"I really wanted you to like me."

"We would have liked you better if you didn't lie to us."

"I'm sorry." Liora said sincerely. "Can I have another chance?" she added quietly.

"Well you were pretty fun to hang around with." admitted Grace, "And I would like to meet your dogs."

"And I'd love to hear about all your airplane trips." added Patsy.

"But you can't ever lie to us again." insisted Grace as Patsy nodded.

"I won't I promise." agreed Liora.

"Wait a minute!" exclaimed Patsy.

"What?" asked Liora worriedly.

"What about that picture of you and the goat?" asked Patsy.

"Oh yeah." said Grace eagerly waiting for Liora's explanation.

"Oh that." replied Liora. "That was taken when my family went on a trip to farm." she explained.

"That's right." said Liora's mother knowing just what picture they were talking about. "Right after that picture was taken the goat tried to eat Liora's hair."

The mental picture of Liora with a goat eating her hair made Patsy and Grace burst out laughing. They smiled at Liora. Liora smiled back and laughed right along with them.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunny and the Slippers

Savannah Gilroy awoke to the sound of her mother calling her to breakfast. Her new puppy Sunny lay curled up by her side. Savannah smiled and stretched and got out of bed. She put on her favorite yellow robe and looked around for her matching yellow fluffy slippers. She finally found them next to her closet door all chewed up. "Sunny!" she said but she said it with a smile.

Savannah  went downstairs in her bare feet.  Sunny padded after her. "Mommy!"said Savannah. "Sunny chewed up my slippers." Savannah wasn't angry though. She kind of thought it was cute and adorable.

Mommy wasn't really angry either. "We'll get you a new pair." she said matter-of-factly.

The next day, Mommy and Savannah went shopping. They got Savannah a new pair of slippers. They were yellow too with a big purple flower on them. Savannah put them under her bed.

The next morning when Savannah awoke and got ready to go downstairs, her slippers weren't under her bed anymore. They were in the middle of the room. They were all chewed up and the flowers were ripped right off. This time, she did not think it was so cute. "Sunny!" she said disappointedly. Sunny licked her hand. Savannah frowned.

Mommy did not think it was so cute this time either. "We'll get you another pair of slippers." she promised Savannah, but she frowned at Sunny. Sunny licked Mommy's hand. Mommy frowned even more.

Savannah got a new pair of slippers. These were pink with little pink bows across the front. She put them in her closet, but when she woke up in the morning, somehow they were chewed up too. This was getting to be too much. "Sunny!" she said angrily. Sunny got frightened and hid under the bed. Savannah felt guilty and took her out from under the bed, but Savannah was still mad. "You're a bad dog." she told Sunny, but she did not say it loudly.

Mommy was mad too. She looked sternly at Sunny and shook her finger. "Bad dog, Sunny, bad dog." she said. "We'll get you another pair of slippers." she said to Savannah.

Savannah got a pair of rainbow stripped slippers. Then, a pair with little flowers all over them. That was followed by a fuffy purple pair and then a pair that was shaped like big white  bunnies. Sunny chewed through each and every one.

Savannah didn't know what to do anymore. Neither did Mommy. She was tired of buying Savannah slippers, but she kept doing it anyway.

Mommy and Savannah went shopping once again for slippers. This time Savannah had trouble finding a pair she liked. They went to just about every store in the mall. "How about these?" suggested Mommy  finally to a plain gray pair in Sears.

Savannah wrinkled her nose in disgust. "Those are ugly!"" she said. "They are so plain."

Mommy sighed. She was tired of shopping for slippers. She was tired of shopping for them that day and tired of shopping for them in general. "Savannah." she said sternly."Let's just get these slippers and go home please. Enough already."

Now, it was Savannah's turn to sigh. She knew just by the tone of her mother's voice that she was getting the slippers, and there was no use arguing. It probably didn't matter anyway. She wouldn't have them that long. Sunny was only going to chew them up.

However, the next morning, when Savannah woke up, the ugly slippers were fine. They were right where she left them and hadn't even been chewed up a bit. She figured maybe Sunny hadn't been feeling well or she was tired or had an off night. The next night Sunny didn't chew up the slippers. She didn't the night after that or the night after that either.

"You see that Mommy." said Savannah. "I told you those slippers are ugly. Even the dog thinks those slippers are ugly. Can I get rid of them, please?"

Mommy shook her head. "Of course, not." replied Mommy. "We spent money on those. Besides, we finally found a pair of slippers that we can keep away from that dog."

Savannah sighed disappointedly. "Why did I have to get a dog that has good taste in clothes!" she groaned.