Lily thought the very best day of her life was when she came to live at Johanna and Simeon’s house. Before that, she lived in a pet store where people peered at her all day long. They said what cute ears she had, what a cute tail, and what soft fur. But, none of them took her home to live with them.
Lily was so happy that she finally got persons to hold her and love her. Johanna, who was almost 7 years old, was very gentle. Simeon was 5 years old and he could get a little bit rough, but Lily forgave him because he was younger.
Lily’s favorite thing to do was run around the house in her big ball. Now you might not call the ball big, but to Lily it was ginormous. She would run here and there, especially during the night when the house was very quiet. She liked hearing the plop, plop, plop sound her ball made on the wood floors.
Sometimes, though, Lily would see a very huge brown beast through the slats in her ball. Lily wasn’t sure about the beast and so she stayed very far away from it. One day, Johanna explained to Lily that the huge brown beast was Holly, the dog.
“Well,” thought Lily, “I don’t know anything about dogs, but Johanna says Holly is a nice dog.” Simeon told Lily he would always watch to make sure Holly didn’t hurt her. “I guess that I don’t need to be afraid of her then,” Lily realized. Still, Lily never let her ball get too close to Holly the dog.
Lily’s favorite time of the day was when Johanna and Simeon came home from school. Johanna would take off her hat, her gloves, her boots, and her coat. Then she would rush around the house looking for Lily. Sometimes, Lily was sleeping in her habitat, sometimes Lily was rolling in her ball, and sometimes, Lily was playing in her maze.
Wherever Lily was, when Johanna found her, she would pick her up and softly stroke her fur. Johanna would tell Lily all about what happened at school and what she had done with her friends during recess and what she had eaten for lunch.
Lily liked to hear about Johanna’s day. Lily especially liked being close to Johanna. Lily thought Johanna was the best friend ever! Lily liked to watch Simeon run around the house, pretending he was a monster or a super hero or a pirate. Lily thought Simeon was the most exciting boy she knew!
Lily was very happy living with Johanna and Simeon in their big house. She ate her food, she slept, and she played. She had a perfect life.
One day, though, something quite unusual happened. Lily and her habitat, her maze, and her ball all were loaded into a little red car right between Johanna and Simeon’s car seats. Johanna got in her seat, Simeon got in his seat. The giants that Johanna and Simeon called Mama and Daddy got in their seats.
Then they starting rolling along, down the road. Johanna leaned over and said to Lily, “We are going to Grandpa John and Grandma Mary’s house.” Simeon said, “That’s in Michigan.”
Lily wasn’t sure how she felt about going to Michigan, but if Johanna and Simeon were going, she thought it might be just fine. After a very long time, they all arrived at Grandpa John and Grandma Mary’s house. Lily wasn’t sure what it would be like to stay at Grandpa John and Grandma Mary’s house. But if Johanna and Simeon were there too, she felt it would be just fine.
Soon, Lily was rolling her ball all over the house. Then Lily discovered a new kind of beast. It was furry and noisy. Johanna told Lily the beast was Grandpa John and Grandma Mary’s cat named Red. Simeon told Lily the noises she heard Red make were purring and meowing. Lily thought the furry beast looked scary. Lily was sure she needed to stay far away from the furry beast named Red, so she did.
One night, long after everyone had gone to bed and the house was very quiet, Lily started to play in her ball. Wham!! Bam!! Slam!! A very odd thing happened. Her ball opened up and Lily walked right out into the living room all by herself. Lily peered around very carefully to see if she spotted the furry beast. When Lily was sure Red was not anywhere to be seen, she scooted across the floor and headed for the kitchen.
Lily thought a late evening snack sounded very good. Lily began to explore, looking for food. She walked and she walked and she walked. Pretty soon, she was standing at the edge of a very long, dark tunnel and it felt very cold. All that walking made her hungry, so she kept walking, looking for some food to eat. She wiggled her way through the tunnel and as she did, it got colder and colder and colder.
Lily didn’t find any food to eat. In fact, the farther she went, the stranger it was. Her nose told her she was in a very damp place that was very different than any place she had ever been before. Lily started to get very afraid. Lily started to shiver from the cold and to shake with fear. She wanted Johanna to pick her up and hold her. She wanted to hear Simeon talking. She wanted to go to sleep in her own bed.
But no one came and she was getting desperately cold. Lily knew she had to do something to get warm ~ pronto! She looked around to size up the possibilities. Soon she found just the thing. It was soft and chewy and came right off when she tugged on it. When she had gathered enough of the soft, chewy stuff, she made a cozy little nest and fell fast asleep.
A long time later, a light beamed into her eyes. “What is happening now,” wondered Lily, “I just want to keep sleeping.” Just then, a giant picked up her and carried her away from her little nest. Just as Lily was about to scream, she heard a voice calling her name. It was Johanna and Simeon’s mama, she was calling out Lily’s name. Johanna and Simeon’s mama picked her up and gave her a little kiss.
“Lily,” said Johanna and Simeon’s mama, “we sure have missed you. Come and eat your breakfast.” So Lily went into her habitat, ate her breakfast, and started to play. Lily became very, very sleepy. As she curled up in ball Lily thought dreamily, “Ahhh, I am so glad to be home. Someone up above was watching out for me!”