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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: Landon Goes To Grandma's
By Brenda Rice


Hi, Iím Landon Smalley, and Iím going to my Grandma Lizzieís house. Sheís my favorite person in the universe. Grandma Lizzieís not an uptight kinda grandma. No way. She plays Wii games with me; she watches television with me; she even letís me sleep with her, in a big old bed that I think came over on the Mayflower. Anyway, itís real old. Did I mention, sheís very generous with the snacks?

Grandma Lizzie says, Iím the apple of her eye, whatever that means. I know it means something good in grown-up talk. She thinks when I come to stay with her, itís like Christmas, or something very rare. It really doesnít happen very often, because we live in Florida, and my Grandma lives in New York City.

Since Iím only three, youíd think grandma might find it difficult to take care of me. Not my Grandma. Sheís up while itís still dark running on her treadmill. I tried that once, and almost killed myself. I decided, Iíd have to grow my muscles naturally. Grandma was laughing so hard when she rescued me from that machine. Thatís just one of my exploits while at her house. I bet, I know what youíre thinking now----heís a smart, little guy. Am I right?

My Daddy says Grandma Lizzie is too bossy. He also says she isnít strict enough with me. I think sheís just fine. Rules are necessary at home, I guess, but not at grandmaís house. A kid needs a break, too. Oh yeah, Grandma Lizzie is my Motherís mom.

I do have one itty, bitty problem that I canít help wondering how grandma will handle. I donít always wake up to go to the potty, I just go, and then I wake up. Iím sure sheíll find a solution, though. My Poppa was a preacher before he went to heaven. He had these funny rubber pants hooked to boots that he used when he baptized people at church. I thought grandma might sleep in those to avoid a drenching, in case my waterworks act up.

Well, Iím almost there, and I know exactly what Grandma Lizzie is going to do the minute she sees me. Sheíll pick me up, swing me around until we are both dizzy, and sheíll kiss my cheeks until they are red with lipstick. Then laughing her funny grandma laugh, sheíll say how big Iíve gotten. Finally, sheíll say that strange thing she always says. Sheíll say, ďOnce in a blue moon, we have times like these, with the ones we love.Ē

You donít have to be a genius to know when someone loves you. I mean, Iím only three and I know that already. Grandma Lizzie, here I come.

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Heather MacInnis01/13/11
Nothing like a grandma's love : )
Heather MacInnis01/13/11
Nothing like a grandma's love : )
Barbara Lynn Culler01/13/11
So cute!
diana kay01/13/11
lovely :-)
Leola Ogle 01/13/11
Ahhhh...gotta love those grandma stories, and I love this one! So sweet!
Glynis Becker01/16/11
So sweet! Love the perspective and the story just plain made me smile. :)
Henry Clemmons01/17/11
Loved your cute little story. Great perspective nicely written.
Mildred Sheldon01/17/11
I love Grandma stories and this reminds me of how often I see my grandchildren. I loved how you told the story through Landon's eyes. Good job and keep writing.
Kate Oliver Webb 01/17/11
Awww, so good to "hear" those thoughts in little Landon's head! Wonder how the "waterworks" event turned out? Enjoyed this a lot.
Edmond Ng 01/19/11
For a three year old to talk what's written in this story, grandma must really be someone totally loveable! LoL! Enjoyed the read.
Kaye Swain02/22/11
What a fun and enjoyable story - can you see the big smile on my face. And would you believe, I'm another grandma who loves the great wii games for kids and seniors that my grandkids have - even if they do beat me all the time. :)