“Mommy! It’s too hot.” I need something. I need a COLD something. MOMMY!
ARE YOU LISTENING?”
please! I am trying to read.”
aren’t you hot?”
“I am hot,
but I have to finish this homework, please go find something to do.”
stomped off, with a big pout on her mouth which she made sure her mother
couldn’t see. She knew her mother would
just make a comment like, “oh, what a nice new shelf we have in the house, here
I’ll set my coffee cup on it.” She
wasn’t in the least sympathetic.
wandered around the apartment. She
wandered around the back yard. She
wandered upstairs to her bedroom. There
was just nowhere that was not stifling hot!
tried drawing with her crayons, but it was so hot they stuck to her fingers and
just felt… well, sticky.
tried playing the piano, but her mom yelled at her to be quiet as she had to
concentrate. “Humph.” Vanessa stalked away from the piano and went
to the book shelf. She pulled out a book
to read, it was all about the ocean and a rainbow fish. Vanessa couldn’t read very well yet, but she
had memorized this book so she looked
like she was reading it, and she felt
like she was reading it, even though she could only read certain words.
But it was
making her hotter to read about the ocean—everything looked so cool there with
the waves and the breeze… and then she had an idea that she knew would cool her off!
to get her mother’s attention. She
needed to get her attention right now!
“MOMMY! I know just what to do so we can both be cool
while you study!”
what is it, but be quick, I have to finish this today. “ Mommy didn’t even look up when she spoke and
Vanessa knew she hadn’t gotten her attention yet. Vanessa stood there with her little fists on
her hips and a frown on her face. Mommy
didn’t even notice.
“Mommy. I am so hot I am going to faint. I am hotter than the sun. I am hotter than the BBQ grill. I am hotter than the inside of the
oven….” Vanessa waited. Mommy still didn’t look up.
“AND I THINK
YOU ARE TOO!” Yelled Vanessa at the top of her lungs.
Dawn! Don’t you yell at me like
that! (Now she had mommy’s attention.)
always tell me it’s not polite to ignore you and you are ignoring me so I HAD to yell to get your attention.”
“Well. You have one minute, and then I am going back
to work. What is it that cannot wait.”
know just how to cool us both off and I promise I won’t bug you all the rest of
the day! Let’s go to the lake! You can work on your tablet in the grass and
I can swim and you can even swim to take a break and cool off and you know it
will be SO much cooler there.”
“Oh.” Mommy looked thoughtful. Vanessa looked hopeful. Vanessa waited. She waited some more. Mommy still looked thoughtful.
Mommy took a
big breath. “You are right. What are we doing sitting in this hot sticky
apartment when we can be sitting by the lake?
Get your swimsuit on and I’ll pack a lunch.”
“Yippee! Thank you mommy! Thank you, thank you!” Vanessa yelled as she
flew upstairs to get her swimsuit. It
didn’t take long for both of them to pile into the car and be on the road. In a half hour they were pulling up to the
parking lot at Big Pond. Vanessa thought
calling the lake, ‘Big Pond,’ was hilarious, as obviously it was too big to be
a pond and really, Mommy had told her, it’s name was Lake Ondawa, which was an
Indian name anyway. Vanessa thought that
was a much better name AND it was
more fun to say than “Big Pond.”
out their blanket and got out their basket of food. Vanessa ran down to the lake for a cool off
dip before she ate, while Mommy got everything ready. Just as Vanessa ran back to the blanket, a
roll-y poll-y ball of fur ran up to her and started jumping and yipping and
falling backwards and then jumping up and doing it again. Vanessa ran around in circles and called out,
“what a cute puppy!”
you take her back to those nice people over there, I think she belongs to
them. Then we can eat our lunch.”
scooped up the little puppy and took her back to her owners and came back and
sat down on the blanket. “That poor
puppy doesn’t even have a name yet. If
she were my puppy I’d name her Cinderella.
When can we get a dog mommy? I
really want one and you said someday I can have one. Wasn’t that puppy just so cute?”
your sandwich honey. Let’s have our
lunch, you must be starving.” Mommy had
a way of ignoring things she didn’t want to talk about. As Mommy was handing Vanessa her sandwich,
the puppy ran back to their blanket and was sniffing and yipping and jumping
all over Vanessa’s lap. Vanessa held her sandwich over her head.
“Can I give
her a piece of my sandwich mommy?”
have to ask her owners, it’s their dog.”
“Hey! Can your puppy have some of my chicken
sandwich?” Vanessa yelled over.
her ‘the look’ and Vanessa knew she shouldn’t have yelled, it wasn’t
polite. But the people yelled back,
“sure, she would love a treat!” so it seemed ok to Vanessa— at least the other
people thought it was ok to yell.
kept wandering back and forth between Vanessa’s blanket and their blanket all
afternoon while Mommy worked on her tablet and Vanessa splashed in the
water. Sometimes the puppy splashed with
her—Vanessa liked that best of all.
up from the water’s edge and threw herself on the blanket. The puppy looked over and then ran to Vanessa
and gave her puppy kisses all over her face.
Vanessa couldn’t stop laughing.
The owners walked over and Mommy said, “I hope we haven’t monopolized
your puppy too much, but my daughter did have a good time with her. Thank you for sharing her.”
actually, we came over to say hi. And to
tell you we have six more of these little critters at home and are looking to
find good homes for them. Your daughter
looks like she really enjoys this one.
Would you like to take her home with you?”
sat there with her mouth open. Vanessa
didn’t. “PLEASE MOMMY? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE? I PROMISE I’LL TAKE ALL THE CARE OF
HER. I PROMISE. I PROMISE. PLEASE?”
uh… well, we have talked about getting a dog.
And you are four years old now.
Do you think you could remember to feed her?”
Mommy. You know I would! Thank you mommy, thank you so much! It’s all I’ve wanted for a long time!” Vanessa was hopping up and down and could
barely contain herself.
we don’t have all the details worked out yet.” Mommy said to Vanessa. She turned to the nice couple, “How much do
you want for her?”
“Oh we don’t
want any money! We just want her to go
to a good home and we can see that you two love her and will take good care of
“OH we will
take the BEST care of her,” said Vanessa with such conviction all the adults
you name her,” asked Mommy.
Cinderella? Or Maid Marion? Or…Snow White?” Mused Vanessa.
Mommy, “she isn’t very white—more like a light tan, so Snow white doesn’t seem
right, and Maid Marion and Cinderella are quite a mouthful for a little puppy. Any other ideas?”
know, from my MOST favorite
book—we’ll call her Heidi!”
Heidi jumped up and wagged her tail so hard she fell over! She seemed to be in agreement that this was the perfect
name for her. The nice people kissed Heidi
goodbye and Vanessa and Mommy and Heidi packed up to make a trip to the store
to buy Heidi everything she would need in her new home. Vanessa held Heidi on her lap and thought
that this hot, hot day had turned out to be the best day of her whole life.
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