Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
Gifts in the Garbage07/31/15
You're not wearing that to school, are you?" Mom's familiar question made Taylor sigh as she came into the kitchen. She said nothing, but sat down and poured herself some cereal, hoping the question would go away. "I want you to change," added Mom. If...
One of a Kind
Oh, Mom!" said Beth as she looked through a colorful array of dresses. "I love this green dress. Can I get it?" She slipped the dress off its hanger and held it up against her. "It's certainly pretty," agreed Mom, fingering the soft material. Then she...
A big nose blew a gust of air into the side of Torin's head, and he turned and patted his grandparents' horse, Firefly, on the head before continuing to brush her glossy brown coat. He was glad his parents had let him come to Wyoming to help with the...
Seth crept into the dark room. He switched on the lamp and waved his arms back and forth above the crib. Leah didn't notice him. She was blind. "Hi, baby," he whispered. She turned her tiny head toward the sound of his voice. He patted her hand...
Off the Path
Jenny fingered a pack of gum as she and her sister Carla walked down a winding forest trail in the national park where their family rented a cabin. Mom had said they could take a hike if they stayed together and didn't go far. I wish Mom and Dad had...
Inside the Shell
Half of these nuts aren't any good," complained Katy, who had been cracking walnuts for the dessert her mother was making. "They're black and dried up on the inside." She picked up a nut and showed it to her mother. "Don't bother cracking the bad...
Give It to God
Mom, I'm scared," Kyla whispered in the middle of the night. "I can't sleep. I keep thinking about Sarah and her four-wheeler accident. What does Intensive Care Unit mean?" Kyla's mother offered her a much-needed hug. "Kyla, have you not been able to...
As Nathan headed for the rack of designer jeans, Mom headed for the table of sale items. Nathan found the jeans that were just like his friend Cory's and took them to his mother. "These are the ones I want," he said. Mom checked the price tag....
Who’s the Thief?
Mom, guess what happened in school today!" Elayne excitedly flung her bag onto a hook in the back hallway. "A box of markers got stolen from our teacher's desk, and you know what? I'm sure Kylea's the thief!" "Elayne! Do you have proof of that?" asked...
Oh, not another essay! Serena groaned to herself as the teacher wrote the subject on the board: What I Want to Be When I Grow Up. I hate writing essays. Besides, I don't know what I want to be. Serena sighed and wrote down the topic. At home that...
The Coach’s Voice
The referee's whistle for time-out sent David and his four teammates to the sidelines. "David, stay to the outside where you get your best shots," said the basketball coach. "Tom will pass to you. Peter and Josh will handle rebounds, and Reuben will...
Just a Pinch
Trevor poured himself a glass of apple juice. He enjoyed having a snack each day after he finished mowing lawns. As he drank his juice, he wandered out to the garage, where his mother was repotting an African violet at Dad's workbench. As Trevor...
Invitation to Join
"Did you invite Corey to the game?" Dad asked Adam one morning. "Yeah," Adam answered, "but he can't come. He has a Camping Club meeting." "Oh, really?" asked Dad in surprise. "I didn't know he was a member!" Adam nodded. "He's been one for quite a...
I don't understand why Miss Harper picked Lisette to sing the solo at church next Sunday instead of me," said Rachel as she flattened a stick of red modeling clay onto the table. "I'm the best singer in the choir, and I have a much better stage...
Folding Up the Tent
This camping trip was fun," said Jack as he helped Dad pull out the stakes that held their sturdy tent in place. "But I miss Grandpa. He would have loved this." Dad stretched out an arm and drew Jack close. "I miss him, too," said Dad gently, "but...
The Brightest Star
I know what we can do," said Garrett one hot summer evening as he and his sister Jill stretched out on the grass beneath the starry sky. "Let's see who can find the brightest star. The loser has to buy ice cream tomorrow." "I don't think you can prove...
Learning to Copy
Erica bowed her head and closed her eyes to pray, just as she always did before eating her lunch at school. When she opened her eyes, her lunch bag had disappeared. A few children watched her and snickered. Erica sighed. "Who has my lunch?" she asked....
Above the Clouds
As Jeremy boarded the airplane with his grandmother, he had a lump in his throat. His parents were getting a divorce, and he was going to stay with his grandparents for a while. He felt as dark and gloomy as the day around him--not at all excited...
Did I really wear this?" asked Michelle as she and her mother were sorting through a box of memories, pulling out various items and talking about how they had been used. Michelle held up a tiny, knitted bonnet. "It's so small!" Mom smiled. "It's...
Too Many Michaels
Ihave a message for you," said Danny's mother when he came in from playing outside. "Michael called a few minutes ago. He wants you to call him back." "Michael Burk?" asked Danny in surprise. "I thought he was on vacation." "It was Michael White,"...
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