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|Lucas and the Giant Zucchini (standard:other, 1957 words)|
|Author: Lauren H.||Added: Oct 30 2007||Views/Reads: 1837/1161||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|This is a cute story about baby Lucas who makes quite a discovery.|
Lucas and the Giant Zucchini It was a hot Sunday afternoon in August when ten-month-old Lucas and his family went to visit Nanna and Pappy Shellhammer at their cute little suburban bungalow in western Maryland. The Miller family had been having a three week vacation and this was one of the places that they liked to visit at least once during the summer. The weather was perfect for traveling that day with a blue sky with barely any clouds and the temperature held steady at 89 degrees. There had not been any rain for quite awhile where Nanny and Pappy lived. Nanna Linda made them all feel quite at home as she escorted them inside of her house which always smelled like apples and cinnamon. They were hot and tired after the long car trip from their home at Maryland's eastern shore. Nanna told them to put their traveling bags and other stuff at the foot of the staircase where they could be dealt with later. Nanna Linda and Pappy Karl hugged and kissed them all one by one. Baby Lucas allowed himself to be picked up and fussed over. Lucas only saw his Nanna three times a year but she was one of his favorite people. He always had a big smile on his little round face at the sight of her. Nanna kissed his platinum blonde head. She marveled over how much all of the children had grown since Easter. The eight-year-old, brown-haired twins Kayla and Kris stood nearby and admired Nanna Linda. They thought that she was very pretty with her soft green eyes, bright smile and shoulder-length, grayish-blonde hair which she always wore pulled back. They laughed and ran to Pappy Karl when he opened his arms for a big hug. They always loved him on sight with his merry blue eyes, gray hair which always looked messy, his funny mustache and gray hair sticking out of his ears. Nanna seated them all in her cool dining room where a ceiling fan slowly turned overhead. She brought them frosty cold glasses of iced tea with big slices of lemon stuck on each glass. They didn't know how she did it, but her iced tea was always the most delicious that they ever tasted, She was going to put Lucas and his parents up in her spare bedroom that night, while Kayla and Kris would going to camp out on the living room floor in their matching sleeping bags. While they drank iced tea and made conversation, Pappy Karl went to dig out some specially wrapped gifts from the hall closet. Pappy and Nanna had gone shopping the day before in anticipation of their family's visit. They bought clothing and toys for all three children. For their daughter Erin they bought a beautiful pair of gold earrings. For their handsome son-in-law Chris they bought a nice collection of science fiction novels. The group were delighted with their gifts. Chris who was always quietly emotional got moisture in his brown eyes when he saw the set of leather bound books. Baby Lucas was the happiest of all with his soft red Elmo doll. Lunch was served soon after the opening of the gifts. Nanna was a good cook and the tuna salad sandwiches with homemade bread and butter pickles on the side were quite delicious. Baby Lucas dined on mashed carrots, a jar of baby food stew that his mother had brought along and a hard teething cookie for dessert. He had three teeth and was getting two more. While everyone was eating they talked animatedly and got caught up on the events that had happened since their last visit. After the food was all devoured Nanna and Erin washed the dishes, while Chris and Pappy took the traveling bags upstairs. Kayla and Kris played with their new toys. When baby Lucas was finished gnawing on his cookie Erin changed his diaper and washed the remains of lunch from his hands and face. He usually took an hour long nap after lunch. Erin tucked him in the little trundle bed in the spare room with his Elmo doll. He was already nodding off and did not protest. Then she joined her mother on the shady back porch where climbing roses and morning glories grew in great profusion. The two women sat and proceeded to shuck corn and snap beans for supper later. Kayla and Kris played out back on a wooden tree swing. Pappy took Chris to the garage where they looked at Pappy's latest hobby a "1973" 850 Motoguzzi Eldorado motorcycle. Nanna laughingly told Erin that her father was trying to act like a twenty-year old again. He worked on his motorcycle every spare minute and took it out for a ride every evening after supper. Click here to read the rest of this story (104 more lines)
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