berternie2As most grandmothers will tell you, the first grandchild holds a special place in your heart. For me, just knowing I was going to be a grandmother was exhilarating. And then to have one who’s smart and sweet and charming has indeed sent me over the top. And today she is ten-years-old!! Here are some of the facts (unbiased, of course) about Q:

  • She loves to read. Lately Harry Potter books are a favorite.
  • Q is in fourth grade and really likes school, especially Math.
  • This is her second year of violin lessons but she would like to switch to piano. Mom and Dad say maybe next year.
  • She is a superb game player. She is either very skilled or extremely lucky – or both. I’ve lost my ability to beat her, although I still like to play.
  • Her favorite TV shows are “Ruff, Ruff, Fetch” and “Word Girl”. (House rules – no commercial TV.)
  • She’s quite crafty. She knits, does bead work, makes cards and other paper crafts, and all kinds of drawing and art work.
  • Outdoors – anything: riding her bike, camping, skating with her new rollerblades.

qQ is also quite the storyteller. Her teacher last year said she expects some day to walk into a bookstore and see a book with Q’s name on it. I agree. She has a real way with dialogue. I asked her to let me have one of her short stories to share with you. Here it is.

Why Penguins Can Not Fly   

       By Q

Once long, long ago penguins could fly, soar, or glide gracefully in the skies. But not only could they fly, they also had all the colors of the world: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, gray, black, and white! Their feelings were gentle things and were easily bruised. They also had many fears in their lives like the bears and the beavers. But their biggest fears were the men of Willamette Valley. This is because they stood out and the men would capture them and eat them! 

The penguins wanted the men to stop this. It was an injustice. So they flew to the great sun god for he was the oldest and wisest person on earth. So, they asked him,“ How can we get the men to stop killing us?” The sun god thought for a great while. Then the god had an idea and said in a booming voice,

 “YOU SHOULD GIVE YOUR FEATHERS AWAY! THEN GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTH WHERE YOU WILL BE SAFE FOREVER!” 

The penguins obeyed the sun god for he was the man! So, they called for all the birds in the forest to gather around. Then the penguins gave all their feathers to the birds. 

The birds were grateful that the penguins gave them the feathers, but the penguins were surprised! They thought that they were going to be all pink but instead they were fuzzy, black and white, and had no tail feathers! The animals in the forest laughed at the site of the penguins but they did not care. Even though they had funny appearances that didn’t stop them from going to this prefect and peaceful place the sun god described.                                                

Then finally, five days of waddling and eating plenty of fish, they made it! The place was full of dancing snowflakes and glittering water. Then as sudden as lighting, the sun god’s voice came out of the clouds and said in a booming voice, 

“GREAT JOB PENGUINS, YOU MADE IT! BUT,” he said, “THERE IS A RULE THAT YOU MUST DO IN ORDER TO KEEP YOU ALL SAFE!” “And what is that?” the penguin leader asked. 

“YOU PENGUINS MUST NEVER FLY AGAIN!” the great sun god boomed. 

The penguins agreed but a little penguin asked in a squeaky voice, “If we can’t fly what can we do?” The old god chuckled as if someone had just told a joke at a banquette.

“ WHY MY DEAR OLD LAD!” said the sun god, “YOU COULD SWIM OF COURSE! BUT I MUST BE OFF, SOMEONE NEEDS MY HELP.” 

Then he left. The penguins just stood and smelled the great fresh air of this fantastic place. Then they stepped into the water and started swimming. So, that is the story of “Why Penguins Can Not Fly!” 

The End

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