Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tara Takes a Trip

Tara Redman was so excited. She was going to be going on her first overnight trip. She was going to be visiting her Grandma all by herself for a whole weekend.  She would be away from Mommy and Daddy for three whole days and two whole nights all by herself. She felt like such a big girl.

All Tara wanted to talk about for weeks was her upcoming trip, "When am I going to Grandma's?" she would ask Mommy eagerly several times a day.

"About an hour sooner than the last time you asked me." Mommy would answer with a laugh.

Tara didn't think it was so funny, She thought the time was passing much too slowly. She wished time would hurry up so it could be the day for her to go to Grandma's.

Tara told everyone she knew she was going on a trip to Grandma's. She told her teacher.

"That's nice, Tara." her teacher replied. "I bet you'll have a good time."

She told her friend's teenage brother.

He just kind of said "Uh huh." and hurried along on his way.

She even told her next door neighbor's yappy little dog. The dog barked excitedly. Tara was sure that meant he was happy for her,

Tara even told strangers only when she was with Mommy and/or Daddy though. She knew better than to talk to strangers alone. Some people smiled. Some people said "That's nice." Some people ignored her. Nevertheless. anyone who encountered Tara was sure to find out all about her upcoming trip to Grandma's whether they wanted to or not.

At last, the happy day arrived, Tara woke up bright and early. Daddy was already at work, but Mommy was still sleeping."Mommy, is today the day?" Tara whispered loudly in Mommy's ear,

"Yes." Mommy answered groggily and half asleep."But go back to sleep. It won't be time to get ready for a while.

There was no way Tara was going to go back to bed. She was too excited. She just kept talking loudly to herself until Mommy could not stand it anymore and got out of bed.

Mommy helped Tara pack and get dressed. Tara must have changed what toys she wanted to take a million times. Actually if she had her way she probably would have taken even more toys, but there wasn't enough room in the suitcase.

Grandma wasn't coming until after lunch. All morning long Tara kept asking "When will it be lunch time?" and "When is Grandma coming?"

"Soon." was always Mommy's answer. It didn't seem soon to Tara at all.

Finally, it was time for lunch. Tara was so excited she could hardly eat anything. She was too busy talking about her upcoming trip.

Just as they finished lunch, they heard a car outside. Tara ran to the window. "Grandma!" she shrieked excitedly as she saw Grandma's little blue car pull up in the driveway. She hurried and got her suitcase and started dragging it toward the door.

Mommy laughed at Tara's eagerness. "Here, let me help you with that." she offered taking Tara's suitcase from her.

Tara frowned. She was a big girl. She could carry her own suitcase. However, before she could protest the doorbell rang. "Grandma!" exclaimed Tara flinging the door open.

"Hello, my sweet girl." Grandma greeted Tara warmly hugging her and kissing her on the cheek. "Are you ready to go?" Tara nodded happily.

"Goodbye, baby." said Mommy. Now it was her turn to hug and kiss Tara. "You have a good time. I love you, and I'll miss you."

"I love you and I'll miss you too." replied Tara suddenly feeling a little bit sad.

"Are you ready?" asked Grandma. Tara nodded. Grandma took the suitcase and led Tara out to the car. They got in their seats, got their seatbelts on and Grandma pulled out of the driveaway.

Grandma chatted happily about all the things they were going to do and what fun they were going to have over the weekend. Tara hardly said anything. She just kept turning around and looking back a lot.

"Are you okay, my sweet girl?" asked Grandma finally. "You're very quiet." She knew that was not like Tara who was usually quite a chatterbox.

"Grandma?" said Tara quietly.

"Yes?" answered Grandma. "What is it, my little love?"

"I'm ready to go home now." announced Tara.

"What?" replied Grandma in surprise. "We haven't even gone around the block yet." Grandma told her.

"I'm ready to go home now. " repeated Tara sounding like she was about to burst into tears.

"Okay." replied Grandma. "I'll take you home." She turned the car around and headed back to Tara's house.

When they arrived, Mommy came out on the driveway. She was surprised to see them. "Did you forget something?" she asked.

"No." replied Grandma. "I'm making a delivery." She lifted Tara out of the car and into her mother's arms. "Somebody was missing you."  she explained.

"Mommy!" exclaimed Tara happily clinging to her mother. "I missed you. I'm so happy to be home!"

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