The day was dull, dreary, and oh-so-ordinary! I had a hundred errands to run…shopping to do…and articles to write—but my grandnieces were raring for Adventure! To them, even ordinary days should be ‘Funtastic!’
“Auntie?” said little Katy as we headed into the Grocery Store together. “Can you be ‘Mary Poppins’ today?”
“Indeed!” I said, grabbing a shopping cart. “I’m guess I’ll have to be ‘Auntie Poppins’ to get through this shopping trip!”
Resolutely, I pushed the shopping cart past the bins of gum, pop and candy—hurrying the girls along. But then we passed a Newspaper rack, and I paused. My brain was thinking fast.
“Look here,” I said to Katy and Avri as I handed them a Newspaper. “If you’ll behave yourselves today, you might find yourself in the Newspaper, soon.”
Their mouths dropped open. “How?” said the girls, looking intrigued and excited. “How will it happen?
The little Darlings had no idea that their ‘Auntie Poppins’ wrote a column for the local newspaper….And they didn’t know that she was pushing a deadline. Auntie didn’t enlighten them, either!
The girls spent the next half-hour chattering happily—pondering the mystery of the Newspaper in their hands. They scarcely noticed all the goodies on display throughout the store.
We made quick work of our shopping trip with a minimum of distractions. I was congratulating myself, when suddenly Katy tripped and fell down in the bakery aisle. Her smiles turned to tears, and she started to cry loudly.
Heads swiveled as other shoppers turned to stare.