I went on a trip! I went far, far south, to where it was very hot. I dreamed of snow, trying to stay cool. It didn’t help. I sweated buckets. There weren’t enough towels in the world to keep me dry. Oh my gumdrops! But when it rained, the skies turned black and lightning split the world in half. Talk about wild!
Wren didn’t go. Meikiko didn’t go. None of the guys over at Dolli Lane went. Crazy Juniper wasn’t there (thank goodness. still not sure what to make of her. she stands in the moonlight with her eyes closed and her face turned to the sky). Just me. It was kinda nice, being alone, but kinda…not. There was nobody to play with at first, not even for a Littles game of I Spy.
But then, when I got where I was going, I met up with a group of other kids. They were all so very small! I mean, even smaller than the Littles, I think. That’s really small. Their names were Smidge (pink hair), Snip (brown curly hair), and Pip (purple hair). They were all brothers and sisters…or maybe cousins…or maybe…um… yeah, I don’t know how they were related, but they sure looked alike.
Did I mention they were small? I had to get down on my knees cuz I felt like a giant. At least that way, I could see them without looming over them. I got the idea when Snip started looking really freaked out. He kept whispering to Pip, then looking back at me, then tugging on her arm. And his eyes got bigger and bigger. So I tried to make myself smaller.
He seemed a little better after that. We played some simple games, like Simon Says and I Spy. I know I called them Littles games, but I love playing Littles games. If we’d had more people, we could’ve played Red Rover! We laughed our way through a game of Telephone where “Three White Rabbits” turned into “Crazy Monster Guts” and “Where did I leave my keys?” morphed into something I can’t repeat! We also talked about lots of stuff. I told them about Wren and Meikiko and the girls over at Dolli Lane (I didn’t mention Juniper or the Witch…I didn’t want to scare them, and I wasn’t sure what to say). And they told me about things like how Smidge has a Glamper and has friends who live far, far away (like a girl named Voir who got a bunch of baby peas for Christmas?) and loves the color Pink (capital P and all!) And Pip lives far, far away but came for a visit. She works in an art studio! and she loves the color Purple (capital P again). Snip is a writer. He has a blog at http://www.snipherbertsnippets.wordpress.com I’ll get Hazel to look it up when I get home. He lives in a breadbox that they just prettified with awesome flooring and nice wallpaper. And he has a hammock. I think a hammock sounds awesome, kinda like sleeping on a cloud. I’d like to try one someday.
Anyhow, while they were talking, they mentioned that they all have a “Bean” who helps take care of them. The Bean is sort of a giant? who loves them? It made me nervous to listen to their talk. They said I have a Bean too, and that my Bean loves me the way their Beans love them. My stomach went all butterfly when they talked about Beans, and I kind of wanted to run away, but I was afraid I’d get lost. I really wanted to find Wren and ask her about Beans, because Wren is smart and knows lots of things. I didn’t run away, though. I did try to stop thinking about Beans. I wonder if my Bean would look as scary to me as I think I looked to Snip? I’ll have to keep an eye out for it, like I’m keeping an eye on Juniper. Things are not always as they seem.
We all curled up in a cozy gray blanket for a sleepover. It was full of giggles and fun and whispered secrets. I thought I’d feel out of sorts, being bigger and all, but they were all so nice. I felt right at home. It was lots of fun.
I think I mentioned that it rained. And rained. And rained. That happened the day we left the Hot Hot Deep South. It rained at home, too. Lots and lots of rain. Tons of trees fell down, and lots of people got in trouble. I wanted to hurry home to check on Wren, but there were so many trees down that I couldn’t get down the Lane. So I spent another night with my new friends, cuz Snip’s house isn’t that far away from Wren and me.
Snip’s house is tiny, though (cuz he’s tiny), so I had to get all small again and think super tiny thoughts. I did find a pretty flower outside the next morning! I gave it to Pip before I left. I was gonna give it to Snip, but I didn’t know if he’d want a flower. I mean, he’s a boy and all.
Pip was so happy about the flower. It was funny. She called out to Smidge to come see. She said she couldn’t tell whether it was her favorite Purple or Smidge’s favorite Pink! I guess I didn’t know either. I just thought it was a pretty flower. And I wanted to give them something so they’d know how much I enjoyed spending time with them. Before I headed home, they told me to come back anytime. I think I might do that.
(In case you were wondering, there were some limbs down around the yard, but the house was ok, and nobody got hurt in the big storm. Everybody over at Dolli Lane was ok, too).