Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
A Better Friend05/25/15
Madison sat cross-legged on the bedroom floor, surrounded by snapshots. "Look, Mom!" she exclaimed. "Here's another picture of me and Mousie. I really loved that old stuffed animal." As Madison shuffled through several old photographs, her mother...
Brad jumped up when the phone rang. "Hello?" he said. "Oh, hi, Jake. Yeah, I heard what they're saying about Mrs. Simpson--that she comes to school looking all bleary-eyed because she's an alcoholic, right? The kids say she sometimes stumbles over her...
Good morning, everyone," Mrs. Fields greeted her class. "Mason, can you tell us what day it is today?" Using his communication device, Mason answered, "Today is Thursday." "Very good," replied Mrs. Fields. "And what special thing are we going to do...
Not Like Binky
I'm so bored, thought Bryn. My best friend is on vacation, and it's pouring down rain outside. There's nothing to do. With a sigh, she took her devotional booklet from the magazine rack and began to thumb through it. When Mom came into the room a...
Dad, at Drew's church they don't teach exactly the same things as they do at our church," Nick said one day. "We had an argument about it. Drew said his church is right, and I said ours is. Ours really is right, isn't it?" Before Dad could attempt an...
No Wicked Thing
Jeremy and Alicia were lying on the floor watching a television show when their parents got home. "What's on?" Dad asked as he sat down in his favorite chair. Jeremy kept his eyes glued to the television set as he answered. "It's a show about an...
The Overdue Book
Rachel groaned when she discovered a library book tucked away in the corner of her closet. She checked the due date. "This is more than a year overdue," she gasped out loud. She flipped through the pages. By now, the fine will be really huge, she...
How’s My Driving?
We're almost to the little town of Centerville," Mom told Rick as they were on their way to his grandparents' new home. "I'm not sure what the speed limit is. Tell me if you see a sign." "Okay," said Rick. A few minutes later, he pointed out the...
Worth It All
Ick!" Kevin coughed as a ball of dust landed on his face. Just a little longer and all this work would be worthwhile. He gave the shelf one last wipe with the cloth and went in search of Mrs. Heathson. "All done!" he said. "The house looks like new!"...
New Father, New Rules
Alex looked at the couple he'd been calling Mom and Dad for several weeks. They held their arms open to him, and he happily gave each of them a big hug. "Now you're really my mom and dad, aren't you?" asked Alex. "We sure are," Dad answered. "I have...
Answers from God
Rafael slammed the screen door and bolted into the kitchen. "Did I get any mail?" he asked anxiously. "No," replied Mom. "Are you expecting something important?" "Just hoping." Rafael sighed and trudged to his room. An hour later, he came bounding...
Your move, Tim," said Mom after she placed a wooden tile atop the precarious stack. Tim picked a tile from the bottom of the tower and carefully wiggled it out. The stack swayed for a second before tumbling over, sending blocks all over the table. Mom...
Joey liked to visit Great-Uncle Hank's dairy farm. He liked to work in the barn and swing on ropes in the hayloft. He liked to ride on the tractor. But most of all, he liked to work with Uncle Hank on an old car in the shed behind the tractor barn....
As Scott returned a miniature car to the shelf at the department store, he saw Cameron and Jason, two classmates, coming down the aisle. "Hi, guys," he greeted them. "What are you doing?" "We're playing five-finger discount," Jason announced....
After supper one evening, Chad helped clear the table and then covered it with old newspapers. "I'm going to work on my new model car," he said. He grinned as he took it out of the box. "Just look at all those pieces! And these details are awesome!"...
Sara frowned when she heard her parents talking. "Can you stop at the mission store and drop off this box of clothes?" asked Mom. "Didn't the truck come by today?" Dad asked. "Yes," said Mom, "but these were Sara's things. She didn't have them ready."...
Just a Little Thing
Bree looked up from her book when her mother entered the living room. "I'm going across the street to Grandma Carter's," Mom said. "She wants me to shampoo her hair. When I get back we'll make some cookies." "Okay, Mom," said Bree, and then she had an...
The Princess and the Pea
Grandma, will you read The Princess and the Pea to me before I go to bed?" begged Alonya when she and her sister were staying over at Grandma's house. "Oh, you know that story," said her sister Tara. "The princess couldn't sleep because there was a...
A Lesson from Blackie
Michael stood on the lawn, wishing he had someone to play with. "Timmy!" he called loudly, hoping his friend next door would hear him. "Ti-im-e-e!" Michael's mother appeared on the back porch. "Go over and knock on Timmy's door, Michael," she said....
The White Pillowcase
Sorry, Cassidy, but I can't come over," said Julie after listening on the phone for a few minutes. "Mom needs help with the laundry." Mom frowned as Julie talked a little longer and then hung up the phone and began folding clothes. "I never mentioned...
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