Ada’s Perfect Atwood Day
“When are we going to Atwood, Dad,” Ada Grace asked today on the way to a birthday party. It’s a question that comes up on a regular basis.
“I’m not sure. We’ll go this summer.”
“Oh, good, I like the summer.”
“What’s your perfect summer day in Atwood,” I asked.
“Being at Grammies house.”
“Going to swimming lessons. It’s fun with the teacher because you get the whole pool. Emily and Macy are good teachers. I remember Emily. It’s more fun than in Longmont.
“One time we went to the deep end in Longmont. One girl couldn’t touch. She was scared. So, we all had to leave the deep end.
“I like it in Atwood because the teacher will let you go to the deep end.
“Going to the dime store. Grammies will buy us a toy or some candy. Sometimes she buys us both. It’s better if Mom doesn’t go.
“And then to the grocery store. On days that aren’t real hot, I like to get ice cream. On days that are hot, I pick the slushy. Mom won’t let us have both. But sometimes I get the slushy and Joe gets ice cream and then we share. He tries mine and I try his. But sometimes I don’t like to do that.
“And going bowling. I mostly like to eat because I’m always hungry. And the games. I mostly like those. I’m not so good at bowling.
“Oh yeah. And riding on the golf cart with Grammies. One time Grammies let me drive and it tipped over. So now I just ride. I don’t like to drive anymore. But when I’m eight I can drive by myself.
“Mostly, I just like to be at Grammies.”
“That sounds like a good day, Ada Grace.”