For Little Friends

By Mary Carr Ward

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    Guess Again, Grandma

    Grandma was coming today! It was hard for Heidi to wait, because she had a surprise to show Grandma. Finally a blue car turned into the driveway.

    “Grandma!” Heidi yelled. “Grandma, I have a surprise for you. Guess what it is!”

    Grandma measured the top of Heidi’s curly head against her own arm. “I bet I already know your surprise—you’re getting taller.”

    “Oh, Grandma, that’s no surprise. Guess again.”

    “Is it something new growing in the garden?” Grandma asked, swinging Heidi’s hand as they walked past the marigolds beside the front walk.

    “Nope,” Heidi told her. “Guess again.”

    “Well,” Grandma said as they climbed the front steps, “the front door is painted bright red. It used to be white. Is that your surprise?”

    “No, that’s not it, either,” Heidi said. “Guess again.”

    “Mmmmm. I smell something good. Did you make some special cookies for me? Is that the surprise?”

    “No—my surprise is better than cookies!” Heidi grinned. “Guess again, Grandma.”

    “Well,” Grandma said as they climbed the stairs to Heidi’s room, “your surprise wasn’t the inches that you’ve grown. And it wasn’t something new in the garden or the bright red door or the good smelling cookies. I give up. What can your surprise be?”

    “Look in the basket in my closet, Grandma,” Heidi said, jumping up and down with excitement.

    “Oh, oh, oh!” cried Grandma. “Muffin has three new kittens! They are darling, Heidi. What a wonderful surprise.”

    “That’s not all, Grandma,” Heidi told her. “The best part is that you get to keep one!”

    Pudding Swirl

    To make this fancy dessert for Mother’s Day, just make two different kinds of instant pudding, layer them in parfait glasses, stick handle of spoon deep into each one, and swirl it just once. To make extra fancy, top with whipped topping and maraschino cherry.

    Flowers for Mother’s Day

    To make this gift for your mother, grandmother, or anyone else who is special, you will need: construction paper of various colors (including green), scissors, glue, and one straw for each flower.

    1. 1.

      Cut out patterns, and trace grass pattern onto 3 pieces of green construction paper.

      Flowers for Mother’s Day
    2. 2.

      Layer grass so that bottom layer is highest, then middle layer, with top layer lowest (see illustration). Glue along side edges and bottom.

      Layer grass
    3. 3.

      Trace flowerpot pattern onto construction paper of any color, and cut out. Glue to grass patterns (see illustration).

      Trace flowerpot
    4. 4.

      Trace flowers and flower centers onto different colors of construction paper, and cut out.

      Trace flowers
    5. 5.

      Glue flower centers to flowers; then glue back of each flower to top of straw.

    6. 6.

      Stick straws between layers of grass.

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney