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Summer Vacation Games

If it wasn’t for grandpas, I think summer vacations would be boring.  Grandpa Hal takes time to play games with me.  Did you know that in England the game of Checkers is called Draughts?  Boys like me started playing Draughts way back in the 1100s in France.  Just like then we call the big round pieces “men”  The darkest color gets to go first.  Darn, Grandpa Hal got to go before me.

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I love Grandpas because they make me think.  Grandpa Hal is really smart.  He would not let me beat him, but his man was on top of mine, so I told him, “I won!”  He was not happy with me.  In 1532 someone added the rule that if your man CAN jump, he MUST jump.  That’s not fair because then the opponent sometimes can do a double or triple jump and capture lots of your men.

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Grandpas make Mom pay attention to me, and take my picture.  I don’t mind posing.  Grandpa Hal winked at me.

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We played Hide-N-Seek.  I hid in the tulips.  They couldn’t find me!  They kept calling and calling for 100 minutes.  I laughed and laughed, then they heard me.

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Summer is for eating.  When Mom and I travel back east we love to go to Cracker Barrel.  Grandpa Hal took Mom and me to Cracker Barrel.  

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If you go to Cracker Barrel, games are everywhere.  I found a friend, Mr. Toucan.  He repeats everything you say.  Mom played with his brother at Grandpa Hal’s house, so she had to buy one.  I hate that we stuffeds are “bought.”  Anyway Mr. Toucan still sits in his box on the floor in my room.  We never play with him now that we are not on vacation.  I’m ready to take another vacation!

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Vacations are fun because even Mom stops to play games with me.  What do you do on vacations.  Write and tell me.  You can even send stories with pictures, if you want!  My friends would love to hear your vacation stories, too.  





Party Down in Delaware with Manny, a Talking Toucan, and International Students

I slept in after my train trip with Hal.  I can’t wait to be 89 like my mom’s cousin, Hal.  He parties.

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I couldn’t hear strangers talking.

Anselmo and his wife Vera came from Brazil.  Karen teaches in PA, and Meow lived in China.

Anselmo and his wife Vera came from Brazil. Karen teaches in PA, and Meow lived in China.

After they finished desert, Mom woke me up.

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I climbed on the table.  Mr. Toucan flew over, and landed at my feet.  Silly bird.  He repeated every word everyone said in his high-pitched baby voice.


Suddenly everyone talked at once, including Mr. Toucan, flapping his wings as he talked.  They talked in French.  They talked in Portuguese.  Everyone laughed.  No one noticed me.

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Mr. Toucan’s chicks dropped by, and started dancing on the table.   Meow spoke Chinese to Mr. Toucan.  He repeated every word.  Everyone laughed.  The chicks kept dancing.  No one noticed me.


Weird stuffeds came to the table.  They smelled like they just came out of a box.  Anselmo took my picture with them.  Their mouths moved and made noises.  WOWEEE BLA BLA WHOAWEE!  They sounded excited.  I couldn’t understand their language, but I smiled.  Anselmo and Vera laughed and laughed.  The more they laughed, the more the WOWEEEs WOWEEEd.  I felt like I ate too many hot dogs on the train.

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Christmas dogs bounded to the table, their tongues dripping apple cider.  They knocked over the apple cider as they landed on the table next to Hal.  They sang Christmas carols.  Big deal.  No one noticed me.  No one noticed monkey, either.  He couldn’t talk.  He didn’t move. He listened to the dogs sing.

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I sat on Monkey’s legs. The dogs sang again.  The room smelled like bananas.  Maybe monkey had banana legs.  Did I bust them open?  The dogs didn’t miss a note as they sniffed the air.

The dogs quit singing.  The banana smell went away.

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Suddenly someone noticed me.

“Hal?  Am I in trouble?  I didn’t mean to sit on monkey’s legs.”

“it’s ok Manny.  Monkey always smells like that.  His legs are fine.  You seemed sad.  Are you ok?”

“Hal. I can’t do fancy tricks.”

“Manny, everyone has their own special talent.  You blog.  People all over the world love you.  Let’s go get your blog and show people.”

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Suddenly everyone noticed me.  The dining room smelled like honey, the way a dining room should smell.