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Clever little Susie

Clever little Susie

A Story by Woody
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kids can teach us a trick or two

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Susie finally woke up. Paul, her granddad, had been calling out: “Wake up, little Susie, wake up!” 


She ran to the kitchen, in her pink pajamas and bare feet. She scrambled on to her high stool and dived into her bowl of cereals. Her mum, Mrs. Robinson, was at the stove, flipping pancakes.

“Good morning honey. What’s the programme today, Love?”

“Gardening with Grandpa”, replied Susie, mouth full and milk dribbling out of the corners of her mouth.”

“Oooh, my little princess has green fingers then?” said her mum playfully.

“I haven’t got green fingers, Mum”, said Susie indignantly, “I’m not an alien”.

Her mum laughed. “Of course not, Honey. That’s what we say when someone is a good gardener”.

“Oh? Ok”, replied Susie and jumped down and ran out of the kitchen in search of her slippers. Her mum called out but she ignored her. No time for the pancake.


The garden was a riot of colours. Paul had planted trees and flowers and roses. The grass was so much greener than that on the other side of the fence. Their neighbour was hopeless. Paul was squatting in front of a rose bush, pruners in hand, whistling softly. Paul is quite the gardener and he’s proud of his handiwork. Susie stood beside him and asked:

“What are you doing, Granddad?”

“I’m choosing a rose for your Grandma. Tell you what, let’s take a walk around.”

They strolled leisurely and Paul showed her roses and taught her their names. Begonias, white daisies, Belinda’s dream, cadenzas. He told her about the birds and bees. Literally, so stop grinning; this is a clean story. She’s only four years old, for God’s sake.


Susie looked down and saw two daddy-long-legs one on top of the other. She exclaimed:

“Grandpa, look, a daddy-long-legs and a mummy-long-legs!”

Paul chuckled and replied:

“No, sweetie, they’re two daddy-long-legs.”

Before Paul could explain that, no matter what the gender, they were always called that way, Susie stepped on the spiders, turning them into an unrecognizable blob. Love can be cruel.

“I’m not having such nonsense in our garden”, declared Susie, heatedly”.

Paul preferred not to answer. 


A moment later, Susie stopped to watch a white worm trying to wriggle out of its hole, probably intending to suntan. Far from squeamish, she bent down and, using her little thumb and forefinger, she plucked it out and dangled it for her grandfather to see.

“Look what I found, Granddad!” she said proudly.

Paul was clearly pained. He explained to the little girl:

“Darling, we must have respect for all God’s creatures. Don’t do that again, please.” Then he added:

“If you can find a way to put it back where you found it, I’ll give you a Dollar”.


Susie is a smart kid. She’s top of her form. She thought a moment then her eyes lit up. She gently deposited the worm on the ground and rushed inside the house. A moment later, she returned with her mum’s extra-strong gel spray. She squatted on her haunches and holding the worm with her left hand she carefully sprayed it with the gel. Immediately, the worm stiffened. She carefully pushed it back in the ground and stood and beamed at her granddad. Paul was awed. He laughed and said:

“Darling you’re a clever little devil, aren’t you? Ok, I’ll give you the dollar I owe you, tomorrow.


The following day, at the breakfast table, Paul produced his wallet and told Susie:

“Here. This is the dollar I promised you and these are five dollars from your Grandma.”


The old lady with the rosy cheeks, sitting at the table, was having trouble hiding her smile behind her peanut butter toast.

 

  

 

© 2014 Woody


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Wow. When I read that last line, I just stopped and stared for a while, my jaw slack. And then I started chortling.

This may be my favorite story you've written. It's a legitimately fun and engaging story. I enjoyed little Susie's antics and her grandpa coping with her ungodly destruction, and the humor was sprinkled in very well. You caught me off guard when Susie stomped on the daddy-long-legs and renounced such "nonsense"... This kid's going places. They may be hot, dark, painful places, but places all the same.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

4 Years Ago

haha I agree. sharp little devil. thanks again my friend. awfully flattered. this time it was Simon .. read more



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Wow. When I read that last line, I just stopped and stared for a while, my jaw slack. And then I started chortling.

This may be my favorite story you've written. It's a legitimately fun and engaging story. I enjoyed little Susie's antics and her grandpa coping with her ungodly destruction, and the humor was sprinkled in very well. You caught me off guard when Susie stomped on the daddy-long-legs and renounced such "nonsense"... This kid's going places. They may be hot, dark, painful places, but places all the same.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

4 Years Ago

haha I agree. sharp little devil. thanks again my friend. awfully flattered. this time it was Simon .. read more
It took me two seconds to understand what was going on.
Honestly it was a simple re-read.

Seriously woods, Why don't you pursue writing for Comic Acts?
I've mentioned the term 'Skits' in one of my reviews I believe.
Basically writers who write for shows like 'Saturday night live'
You definetly have the hang of it.

Heck, I insist you at least give it a try. Tunisia must have these kind of shows, heck, even Israel does!

Fanboying aside-
Great story. Glad you featured it!

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

4 Years Ago

:))) well, for that I need to go to Britain. *sigh*
years ago, we had an English newspaper, c.. read more
LastMonth

4 Years Ago

Well!
Best of luck Woods!
I know you have it in you.
Maybe you should try conta.. read more
Woody

4 Years Ago

thanks a lot. I'm hopeless with the internet but I'll keep trying.
FINALLY! FINALLY! FINALLY! I got it!!!! . . . I'm afraid it's been way tooooo long for me (20+ years), thus, these subtleties squirm right past me most of the time!

I read every review
searching for a clue
But everyone you knew
is in cahoots with you!

Alas I grasped one hint
giving me a slight glint
reminiscent of flint
mindful of your type of gent.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Years Ago

I always loved that song . . . *smile*
Woody

4 Years Ago

and Mrs Robinson?
barleygirl

4 Years Ago

Thank you for pointing that one out. I missed it. My mind has been distracted today. I never had my .. read more
You are a clever story writer :) didn't see that coming at the end XO

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

4 Years Ago

thanks a lot my friend for the kind words. I'm glad I surprised you :)
Insight "MH"

4 Years Ago

You are welcome.
I had to choose to read this on a Christian holy day. You are a little stinker. Your wife needs to take you and spank you. Valentine

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

5 Years Ago

lol I never intended it to be read at Easter. I wrote this at Christmas. funny you should mention sp.. read more
OK... i DID not see this coming... seriously Woody... i'm imagining dinner time at your house! coughing spluttering... what a mess ;) 2nd poem of yours i have read tonight and both had me laughing

Thank you :)

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

6 Years Ago

Mark Edward, you're a godsend. I've always liked Aussies. they're kind hearted, witty and excellent .. read more
Mark

6 Years Ago

oh god,... yep.. you cant help yourself laughing:) yep Aussies... wit.. we call it taking the piss... read more
Woody

6 Years Ago

yeah I like to take the piss out of my mates too as long as there's no meanness or mocking.
My last read of the night and what a wonderful way to end. So, so funny, and lucky old grand dad, and grandma of course. :)

Beccy.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

6 Years Ago

thank you Dear. it's always a pleasure to make you smile. haven't been around lately. I'll check on .. read more
Woody, you always manage to bring laughter to my day. This one was very clever, indeed! :)

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

6 Years Ago

thanks a lot Bright One. so glad you liked it. sorry for the delay. haven't been around much.
oh my goodness, still chuckling over here.. I adore your stories.. they warm the heart, they entertain, and they make you do those deep, hearty laughs.. I would be blushing as well.. haha.. too funny... I love how well you portrayed the childhood wonder, the details in the story, the interaction with the characters.. it is alive on the page and you cannot help but get sucked in.. you surprise me every time, and really shouldn't.. but always take my breath away with these refreshingly amazing writes.. another awesome one Woody.. I loved this it!!!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

AprilRN1210

6 Years Ago

it is always a pleasure Woody, and it is so nice to see you.. welcome back.. I do hope everything is.. read more
Woody

6 Years Ago

yes Dear, everything's fine. work mostly. I'm writing something about it, actually. I wish you'd rea.. read more
AprilRN1210

6 Years Ago

I would love that, of course!... can't wait.. lemme know please and I am there, for sure:)
and.. read more
Heh-heh, clever girl. And now, a wealthy clever girl. This extra-strong gel spray--I wonder what other limp things it might stiffen.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Woody

6 Years Ago

haha and cheaper than viagra, I suppose. always a pleasure to have you drop by Sam.

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