By Marian Brennan Pratt
The father was ill tempered that day, the kids were pickin’ and pokin’ at each other and the mother was hoping for chocolate and a nap. She was searching through the junk drawer for the other half of that candy bar she saw in there yesterday when she heard her husband say quietly in her ear:” Let’s take them to your dads for a walk in the lane. We’ll get them so tired out maybe they’ll forget about antagonizing each other”. Occasionally, that man could come up with a good idea. The father started flashing orders:
“Get dressed, get your shoes on, somebody get the dog”.
“What dad, what are we doing, where are we going?”
“It’s a surprise, now let’s go.”
One of the boys was changing out of shorts into jeans. He had a bout with poison ivy and he wasn’t doing that again. The other boy couldn’t find his shoes, so he had on two different ones. The oldest girl was locked in the bathroom “getting ready” and her sister was making threatening noises. Mom was filling a water bottle.
Finally, off they went with minimum fuss. Grandpa’s farm was next door – 120 acres with a lane that was close to a mile long. Onward they went to the
Now the air changed a little and became cooler. As they “ooohed” and “
Now the air was getting noticeably cooler and storm clouds suddenly appeared. The father became watchful. As it started to rain, he said to the mother “That was a weather plane and he was trying to tell us to go back.” “That’s crazy. How would we know that”? He was dipping his wings as he flew over.” Just then, the sky opened up and, in the next few minutes dumped a considerable amount of water on them. They huddled under a big tree until the father said “No, this is the worst place for us to be. We have to run
All is well
Marian Brennan Pratt held the position of Church Secretary at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in the Village of Emmett, Michigan for 24 years. She has four grown children: Barbara, Suzanne, Bernie and Steve, seven grandchildren: Daniel, Kaitlynn, Emily, Ashley, Taylor, Brennan and Benjamin, one great-grandchild: Paislee and another on-the-way. While a member of the community, she joined the ladies of the parish in a Book Club, was a member of Daughters of Isabella #452 and a past member of the Village Council. Marian lives in Port Huron now and has always been interested in Journalism which led to her joining the staff of St. Stephen’s High School newspaper, the Stephecho. She has written several articles for the Emmett News and has had a book published, entitled “Emmett Township”, part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing which plays a large part in the preservation of local heritage.
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