Too Fat to Fit
We drove 300 miles to the Iowa State Fair–Ian, Leo and me. Planned to stay with Sis, so we did. Next day we walked. Ate things on a stick. Grandsons kept walking as they ate –cotton candy, pork-chops, funnel cakes. Tried midway rides, some twice. Sun warmed farmer caps and strollers, as we listened to horse-drawn wagons and talent scouts.
Packing for home next day, Sis rushed super-mega toilet rolls to my back seat.
“Why we taking these to Wisconsin?” asked Leo.
“They’re too fat to fit,” Sis said, “my toilet holders.”
“Why not just stack them on the counter?” he said.
Linda Newman Woito
Iowa City Branch, IA
From the author:
I still am laughing out loud, to this day, when I think of Leo’s obviously ADULT rational response. I think Leo wins the day, and for me, the story is about him, not the sister.
And happy, belated Valentines day:
Oh you’re so pretty!
I think you’ll fit just fine!
I might have to hang you
and call you my Valentine!
Dianne Lynn Benanti
Palm Springs Branch, CA