TITLE: A Nanny and Two Kids
By Jeanette Oestermyer
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A Nanny and Two Kids
On the first day of summer vacation, Gina’s dad brought home a surprise. It was an animal, but Gina was not sure what it was. Her Dad led the small creature down the ramp of the truck. Gina thought, it’s so cute. The black and white spots are so perfect.
“What is this little animal?” Gina asked her Dad.
“This is a nanny goat – a girl,” he answered.
Then Gina noticed something strange about the goat. “Why is her tummy so big?” She asked.
“She’s going to have a baby,” Dad said. “It will probably be born soon. It isn’t called a baby, though. Baby goats are called kids.”
Gina’s older sister, Tess, came out to see the nanny goat. “When she has her baby, I want it for my own,” she said. “You can have the nanny. Why don’t we name her Nanny?”
“I think Nanny is a good name for the nanny goat,” Gina said. “But I would like to have the kid. Or maybe we can share the kid.”
“I’m the oldest, so I should get the kid,” said Tess.
“Hold on a minute,” Dad said. “Let’s not argue about who gets the kid and who gets Nanny. Let’s wait and decide after the little one is born.”
Two weeks later, early on a bright Saturday morning, Dad called to the girls. Get up and come see what’s happened,” he said.
Oh no,” Gina said,. “Something’s happened to Nanny. Is she alright?”
“She’s fine,” Dad said.
The two girls came running down the stairs in robes and slippers.
“Come with me to the barn,” Dad said. “You won’t believe this.”
They entered Nanny’s part of the barn. There curled up side-by-side in a mound of hay, were two tiny goats. One was black and white, just like Nanny. The other was a beautiful brown and white.
“Nanny had twins,” Gina said, as she knelt beside the kids. “Now we can each have a kid of our own.”
“I want the black and white one,” said Tess. “She looks just like Nanny.”
“I want the brown and white one,” said Gina. “And I’m going to name her Zel. She looks just like Zel from the comic strip.”
“Okay girls, You each will have a kid of your own. That means you have to take care of them,” Dad said. “When they get a little bigger, you will have to feed and water them.”
“Yes Dad,” the girls answered together.
“We will take good care of these twin kids,” said Gina.
After Tess and Dad had left the barn, Gina knelt down by the kids and stroked their coats. Then she put her arms around Nanny’s neck and hugged her.
“Oh Nanny,” she said. “They are so beautiful. You had twins – one for Tess and one for me. And you will always have a home here too. We love you, Nanny.”
Nanny stood near her kids. She seemed tired, but proud and happy.
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