Saturday, March 8, 2008

A Family Surprise

I'm not quite sure how much I should say about these three little kids. If I say too much it will ruin the story, Family Secret. If I say too little, you won't know what I'm talking about. So I'll tell you about them, and then you can try and guess how we're all related.

First of all, there's Levi. He's about 10 years old and one of the meanest little boys I ever had the misfortune of meeting. (At least, he started out mean...). We didn't get along at all in the beginning. Mitch gave him a pinto pony, which he quickly named "Patches." For a kid who'd never ridden a horse before, he took to it like flies take to honey. I've never seen anyone learn faster than that city-boy, Levi. One good thing--he likes to race horses as much as I do.

Then there's Betsy. She's 6 years old, and she followed me around wherever I went! I was never sure just where she'd pop up. Sometimes it was annoying to listen to her chatter like a squirrel--day in and day out. Mother said she looks up to me and wants to be like me, so I need to be a good example. That helped me think of her more like a little sister rather than a pesky tag-a-long. She actually is kinda cute, and I learned patience.

Last of all is Hannah. She's barely 3 years old and a raggedy-looking little thing she was when I first saw her sitting on my sister Melinda's lap. My mouth fell open and I stuttered, "W-ho's that?" I learned quick enough who Hannah was. Boy was I sore when she stole my locket and jumped on my bed and threw tantrums all the time. When she wasn't whining she was sucking her thumb.

With kin like this, I was ready to move out. But amazingly enough, I ended up loving them as much as I love the rest of my family. And when bad things started to happen, I was ready to protect them, even if it meant risking my own life. Family's like that, ya know?

Monday, March 3, 2008

Are Cory and I Still Friends?

Sarah wants to know if Cory and I are still friends after the third book (Family Secret), since he was pretty mad at me for not telling him what was going on about my sister showing up at the ranch. I won't say anymore about that, in case it might spoil the story for somebody who hasn't read that adventure yet.

But the answer is...yes. Cory and I will always be friends--even though we get into arguments about the dumbest things. But really? Who else will challenge me to a horse race or go fishing with me? Most of my town friends live too far away to ride out to the ranch just to go fishing or exploring.

Cory and I have known each other since we were little. He's like having a brother just my own age, and I like that. You know what he told me the other day? He said he's got an old, outdated map the land office was throwing away. It's marked with old gold mines and diggings. He's fixing to go off looking for gold one of these days, and he asked if I want to go along. He said we'd split everything we find right down the middle--50/50. What do you think of that? Hey, that might make another good adventure to write about sometime...