A missing shoe

Watching my son work on his new house is so exciting. I can envision the improvements he has begun and has planned. Some of it just needs a coat of paint and it will be dramatically improved. Some – needs more than that. They are creative people, so I have no doubts the transformation will be awesome.

Cousins. Cousins. Cousins. The two oldest are having a good time together. Swimming lessons, picnics, sleeping in a home-made fort, all the grand things that go along with being young in summer. I remember the times in Minnesota I played this way with my cousins (just a couple of decades ago – haha!).

We did a little fishing, and my grandson caught two. My granddaughter and I will have to try again. The kids then decided to play a game of hide-n-seek with my son’s flip-flop in a beach volleyball court. The only problem was my grandson couldn’t remember where he hid his shoe and my granddaughter hadn’t peeked of course, that would be cheating. We dug – and dug – and dug – and never did come up with the missing flip-flop. There will have to be a quick trip to the store before his next swim lesson later this morning.

At the end of the long holiday, we were watching fireworks on TV and I noticed the pair of them fading into the couch. We got ready for bed and made it half-way through a book before they were asleep. I wasn’t long behind them.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy is scheduled for release in Nov. 2018. National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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