Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
Ordinary, But Pretty12/21/14
Angela sighed. "I wish I could have a singing or acting part in the Christmas play," she said. "It would be nice to be important--and needed--for a change, instead of pressing dumb old costumes." "We've talked about this before, and I've told you--you...
Avery leaned forward, peering out the van window. Rain streamed down the glass, blurring the view. The windshield wipers were swishing back and forth at top speed. "Mom, when will it stop raining? The sun hasn't been out in two weeks!" complained...
"Do you mean that new kid at school?" Juan leaned on the window sill as he talked on the phone. "No way!" Dad, who was working on the lawn just outside the window, could hear the conversation. "Yeah, but he's short. We don't want him on our team,"...
The Hand in the Glove
Dad walked into Pedro's room to say good night. "You've been so quiet, son. What's on your mind?" asked Dad. "Oh, hi, Dad." Thirteen-year-old Pedro rolled onto his back in bed and put his hands behind his head. "During Missions Week at church, we...
Song of the Wild
"Look!" exclaimed Tyson as he ran into the house. "I found a bird that can't fly. Can I keep it, Mom? I found this old cage in the garage." Tyson's mother looked closely at the bird. "It's a sparrow, Tyson," she said. "I suppose you can keep it a few...
Drop the Oars
"Colton can't come over this afternoon," said Travis. "He has to go with his mom on door-to-door visitation and pass out church fliers and stuff." "Really?" Mom was interested. "Are Colton and his family Christians?" Travis shrugged. "I don't know....
Time to Learn
"You know, Mom," said Alexa as she helped her mother clear the table and put food away after dinner one evening, "I'm confused." "About what?" Mom asked. "Well, Courtney acts like she's better than some kids at school, and she says mean things to...
"Jenny wants me to come over this evening," said Traci as she and her mother prepared dinner. "There's a movie we want to watch, but I won't be late. Can I go?" "That depends," Mom replied. "What movie do you intend to watch?" Traci hesitated....
"Dad, can we hike that trail?" asked Kim, pointing to a path a few feet from their campsite. "The sign says it's a thirty-minute walk." "It's okay with me if mom doesn't mind waiting with Timmy for half an hour," agreed Dad. Mom laughed. "Go!" she...
A Special Place
"Where are you and Joshua going for lunch today?" asked Allison. Her sister Carmen's fianc had arrived, and they were ready to leave. "We're going to that little restaurant called Your Special Spot," he said with a grin, "only we call it Our Special...
"Hey, Brad! Look over there by the bushes," said Matt. "Wow!" exclaimed Brad. "Mr. Jones must have a new watchdog. He's big, but he looks harmless." "Yeah. I think we can still take our shortcut through there," replied Matt. He took a step forward....
If Antiques Could Talk
"Here we are," said Mom as she pulled the car into a parking space at an antique store. "There are lots of breakable things here, so be careful, okay?" "I'll be careful," Janie said. "I love to visit antique stores and see all the old stuff." Janie...
"Hey, Seth!" Joe called down the hallway to his friend. Seth opened his locker and waited as Joe hurried to talk to him. "I've been meaning to ask you--do you want to play ball with my church team?" "Some other guys asked me to play with them," Seth...
Agree to Disagree
"Our class field trip is coming up, and I think we should go see a college football game," said Lucas as he and his friend Ben sat on the back porch steps. "Oh, no!" groaned Ben. "It would be lots more fun to go to Sportland. We can play all kinds of...
"Daddy!" Little Josie came running to greet her father at the door. He scooped her up into a hug while she continued chattering. "I didn't feel good, so Mommy took me to see the doctor. But he's mean," Josie said with a scowl. "He gave me medicine...
"Come in here, Jana," Mom called as Jana walked past the door to her mother's craft room. Jana peeked in the door. Her brother Conner was sitting on the stool by Mom's pottery wheel; his tense face warned Jana that he had told on her. "Come in, Jana,"...
"You've looked sad since you came home, Blake," said Mom as they worked together to finish a jigsaw puzzle. "Iam sad," said Blake. "Hunter got expelled. He was caught with drugs at school today." Blake released a tired sigh and reached for another...
The Smart Thing
Brett frowned as he rounded the corner of the garage and pulled open the back door of the house. I never thought obeying rules would make me feel so stupid, he thought. He plopped his books onto the kitchen table. "Mom," he said as she took a loaf of...
Strong as an Eagle
"You missed!" Anson shouted as he dodged a snowball his sister Jessie had thrown. He laughed as he launched a snowball back at her and hit her on the leg. "No fair--you're a lot stronger than me!" Jessie protested as Anson threw another snowball that...
Just One Sting
"Get away! Get away!" Joanna swung her arms wildly as a bee buzzed round and round her head. "Mom!" she screamed. "That bee is going to get me!" Joanna dashed toward her mother, who was working in the flower garden. Mom held out her arms, and Joanna...
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