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Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)
TITLE: My Favorite
By Shirley McClay
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She taught me to read when I was only four. We sit in her bed together and each read our own books (Mommy makes me sound out words when I don’t know them) and we eat melted M&M’s. It’s my favorite thing to do.
She puts on Sesame Street records and plays Tiger Hunt with us. Mommy knows every single song. Sometimes she moves the furniture around in the living room and builds tents. We play in them all day and listen to the records. My favorite is Oscar the Grouch.
When it rains God makes the biggest, deepest mud puddle ever… right in our front yard! My brother and I spend all day making pies and cakes. It’s lots of fun. My mommy doesn’t get upset; she just gets out the garden hose. We stand out on the lawn while she hoses us down with icy well-water. Then we have to strip and she scoops us up and dumps us in the bathtub for a long pruny soak.
Mommy doesn’t ever go to the stores to buy stuff for us, instead she goes to garage sales all summer. We get piles of presents for birthdays and Christmas. Our clothes aren’t new either, but sometimes Mommy makes dresses for me. The dresses she makes are my favorites.
We don’t have many toys, so we play in the haymow or with the kittens. I help with the garden and pick berries and feed the animals, too. I even get to feed and water my own pony. Mommy lets me take a book out and read it while I lay on my pony. That’s my favorite thing to do! Sometimes I fall asleep on her. My pony, I mean.
Mommy only spends ten dollars a month on groceries. We have a big garden and the cellar is full of canned jars of vegetables, berries, fruit, and even meat. The freezers in the woodshed are stuffed too. Daddy hunts real good and sometimes he works at the neighbor’s dairy farm. They give us free fresh milk every day. A whole gallon with cream still in it! We have cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys for meat and eggs.
Our drafty old farmhouse is so cold when we get up in the morning. Mommy builds a tent over one heat register and hangs our clothes over another one. She brings our breakfast to us and we eat under the tent too.
When the winter gets terribly cold Mommy pulls the clothes dryer out from the wall and puts a blanket over the back. We all sit under the tent and read… and Mommy melts M&M’s on the dryer vent. (We really like M&M’s ... oh, and tents too!)
In the winter we go out to the Sugarbush. Mommy, Grandma, Daddy, and Grandpa collect the sap from maple trees and boil it down to make maple syrup. Mommy makes snow candy for us with the syrup. YUM! My favorite thing to do is to ride on the sled behind Grandpa’s workhorses! I close my eyes and listen to their hooves (big as my head!) crunching in the snow. Their whickers and snorts make my pony’s whinnies sound silly. And they eat all the time. Mommy says I eat like a horse, but I think she means a pony.
Mommy takes me to the doctor’s office every month to get allergy shots because I am allergic to bees. Then she takes me out for ice cream to help the hurt go away. We still get to go to Grandpa’s Honey House in the summer though. It’s hot and sticky with lots of bees flying everywhere and smells sweet and smoky. My favorite thing is to eat the honey still in the comb.
The Honey House used to be Grandpa’s schoolhouse when he was littler than me. It still has an old hand pump in the front and an outhouse in the back. That’s where we go to the bathroom. (It stinks and has spiders.) We wash at the pump, but we can’t drink the water. Mommy says it isn’t good water, but when she wasn’t looking I sneaked a taste and it seemed fine to me.
Sometimes my mommy cries because I hurt all over from the Arthritis. I don’t like making her so sad. So I smile even when it hurts real bad and I try to make her smile too. She always smiles for me.
My mommy is my favoritest favorite.
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