June 7th 2011 8:26 am
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One day in early fall Daddy Samoa told the girls it would be a good day to take a hike and get some lessons at the same time. Daddy Samoa was very fond of nature hikes and often took the girls with him, teaching them about plants and rocks and all kinds of things, but especially about his favorite topic - "varmints." Dad was a Professor of Varmintry and a known expert on all different kinds of creatures that fell into that classification. He wanted the girls to get a solid background in Varmintry, even before they entered school, so he had been teaching them since they were so small they had to be carried.
For the hike the girls got into their khaki shorts and tee-shirts from last years camping trip. Buttons had a pith helmet she liked to wear, and Zipper had an old beekeepers bonnet that she had put ribbons and sparkles on. She decided to wear that. "In case we run into any flying varmints! Our heads will be protected." she explained to Daddy.
Daddy smiled and got out his Varmint Identification Manual. "Let's head up to the hilltop, there have been reports of some Varmints up there!" he said.
Zipper and Buttons held hands and skipped along the path. Daddy came along behind them, with a backpack full of instruments and a box lunch that Aunt Savvy had fixed for them with chicken and biscuits and chocolate cookies. They climbed the hill, steadily as the path wound through the trees and over a little bridge near a brook.
"Don't get too far ahead girls...I don't want to lose you!" called out Daddy as the girls climbed and climbed. They had lost sight of Daddy by the time they got to the top of the hill and Zipper had a fun idea! "Let's hide and pretend that WE are varmints!" she said. Buttons laughed and laughed and they both got under a great big bush and hid themselves.
They could hear Daddy puffing as he got to the top of the hill. "Now, where did those girls get to?" he asked himself. Zipper and Buttons giggled. Buttons could just see Daddy who was looking all around and then sat down on a big rock. He fanned himself with his explorer's hat.
Zipper tickled Buttons to try to get her to laugh, but Buttons smothered her giggles. Daddy looked over at the bush they were in and started paging through his Varmint Identification Manual. Zipper whispered "do you hear that?" very quietly into Buttons' ear.
Buttons COULD hear a noise, coming from the bushes behind them. "what do you think it is?" she whispered back to Zipper.
"i hope it isn't an angry varmint!" said Zipper, hugging onto Buttons very tight. The noise grew louder. And louder still!
Zipper and Buttons became very worried. This was not funny! A varmint might appear at any moment!
The bushes behind them began to rustle. And rustle harder!
Finally, Zipper and Buttons could stand it no more! They jumped up and ran from the bushes and straight into Daddy, knocking him clean off the rock. "Help, Help!" they cried. "A really BIG Varmint is in those bushes!"
All three turned to stare.
And Aunt Savvy scrambled out of the bushes, carrying a jug of lemonade. "I forgot to send you anything to drink! On the way up I lost the path! What on earth is the matter?" She said, seeing their startled faces! "You look like you have seen a Varmint!"
They all laughed and laughed!
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Love "Varmint" chasing.......
and...... wonderful Lemonade !
I see you've inherited your fambly's talent fur storytelling! Condogulations on your Daily Diary Pick!
oooh what a wonderful story! Now...which one of you is Zipper and who is button?
Dubs is Buttons, and I am Zipper!
That was a very cute ending.