Lucy's Picnic

by Linda Ferguson
(Portland, Oregon)




"What a pretty day!" said Grandma.

"Let's have a picnic!" said Lucy.

"Good thinking," said Grandma.

They ran upstairs and put on their picnic clothes. Lucy liked Grandma's white pants and lime-green blouse, and Grandma admired Lucy's striped pink dress and strawberry-red sandals.

On their way to the park, they stopped at the store.

"We'll just pop in for a few supplies," Grandma said.

Lucy and Grandma held hands in the store. Grandma's fingernails were pearly-smooth and her sandals made a happy sound on the floor.

"What should we get for our picnic?" asked Grandma.

"Magazines!" said Lucy.

"Why do we need magazines?" asked Grandma.

"In case there are no people to watch," Lucy explained.

"Alright," said Grandma. "What else do we need?"

"A hula hoop!" said Lucy.

"Whatever for?" asked Grandma.

"In case people want to watch us," said Lucy.

"Alright. What else should we get?" asked Grandma.

"An umbrella!" said Lucy.

"But it's not raining," said Grandma.

"But we can hide behind it," said Lucy.

"What will we be hiding from?" asked Grandma.

"Sharks!" said Lucy.

"Good point," said Grandma. "What color should our umbrella be?"

"Pink!" said Lucy.

Together, Grandma and Lucy filled their cart with magazines and a hula hoop and a pink umbrella. Then they picked out their picnic food. They chose apples and cheese and pickles and a tiny loaf of bread with little black seeds sprinkled all over the crust.

"Do you think that's everything?" asked Grandma.

"No," Lucy giggled.

"What did we forget?" asked Grandma.

"Ice cream!" said Lucy.

"Oh, but it's such a warm day, the ice cream would melt before we got to the park," said Grandma.

"Not if we eat it first!" said Lucy.

"Lucy, I like the way you think," said Grandma.

"I like the way you think too, Grandma," said Lucy.

Lucy and Grandma were still licking ice cream off of their fingers when they got to the park. They saw a fountain, a bench, and a garden blossoming with pink and yellow and red and tangerine-colored roses.

"Where should we sit?" asked Grandma.

"By the pink roses," said Lucy.

Grandma followed Lucy to the spot where the pink roses grew. They buried their noses in the blossoms.

"Ummm," Grandma said. "Don't they smell good?"

"Ummm," Lucy agreed. "They smell as good as you, Grandma!"

Grandma laughed and spread out a polka dotted blanket. Then she and Lucy ate the apples and cheese and pickles and the tiny loaf of bread with the little black seeds sprinkled all over the crust.

"Do you want the hula hoop, Grandma?" offered Lucy.

"Oh, you go first," said Grandma. "I'll just read this magazine."

Lucy pulled the hula hoop over her head and gave it a spin, but it fell right to her feet. She picked it up and tried again. The hula hoop fell again. Lucy tried again.

"Grandma, it's your turn now," Lucy said.

"Alright," Grandma said. She slipped the hula hoop over her head and started to move her hips like a professional hula dancer. Round and round she made the hoop swing on her waist.

"Grandma!" Lucy called. "I see a shark!"

Grandma dropped the hula hoop and opened the umbrella. "Let's take cover!" she said.

They crouched behind the pink umbrella until they were sure that the shark was gone.

"I guess we fooled him," said Grandma.

Lucy giggled. "I guess we did."

Together they shook the crumbs off of the polka dotted blanket.

"What a wonderful picnic," said Grandma.

"Let's have another one tomorrow!" said Lucy.

Grandma smiled. "Good thinking, Lucy!"




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Oct 29, 2015
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nice story
by: Sonali

my daughter enjoyed liked it.

Sep 28, 2015
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Like a charm!
by: Anonymous

It worked like a charm! My kids first got excited, they added more stuff for lucy and grandma to buy from the store... Then, in no time, they both slept.. I can read this a thousand times! Thank you

Apr 15, 2015
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Good
by: Maya

It was nice about how grandma and kid were spending time

Sep 07, 2014
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Great
by: N

I'm my little brothers sister and its impossible to get him to sleep. ive tried so many different stories but none worked but this one. It's a lifesaver.

Aug 18, 2014
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by: Elizabeth

The story was long but it was very interesting thank u

Oct 25, 2012
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Wonderful!
by: Anonymous

My kids and I love reading stories with charming characters like these!

Sep 09, 2012
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lucy s picnic
by: josh

cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

Jul 11, 2012
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lucy s picnic
by: Anonymous

a good 1

Mar 24, 2012
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good
by: nimmi

It was good and nice

Mar 02, 2012
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blh
by: Anonymous

that was so cute

Jan 15, 2012
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Lucy's Pinic
by: Anonymous

Was a really cute story. My kids loved it!

Sep 17, 2010
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Yes!
by: Murray

Love it! Great characters, and I love the original details.

Sep 17, 2010
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Five-Star Wonderful!
by: Darth Ben

Great story, full of charm for children and neatly pointed observations for grownups. Congrats! :)

Sep 16, 2010
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Celebrating Children
by: Fiona Ferguson

This story reminds me that children aren't to be ignored. They are the only people on the planet who are truly original, completely uninfluenced by politics or society. If anything, the rest of us should aspire to follow their lead.

Sep 16, 2010
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Terrific!
by: Doug

Great story! Reminds me of my own daughter with her Grandma!

Sep 16, 2010
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Cute, Cute, Cute
by: Diane

Cute , Cute, Cute...I could read this a hundred times!!!

Sep 15, 2010
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Cute multigenerational story
by: Janet

Nice story - both characters seem spunky and fun to be around.

Sep 14, 2010
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Super cute story
by: Anonymous

Your story put a smile on my face. Very cute!

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