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Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)
TITLE: Landon Goes To Grandma's
By Brenda Rice
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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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