by Dulcinea Norton-Smith
Granny Gertie didn’t bake cakes or knit scarves. Granny Gertie was a world famous explorer.
When Lucy was 3 years old Granny Gertie went swimming with sharks in the Solomon Sea. She wore a sequined swimsuit and swished through the slippery seaweed.
When Lucy was 4 years old Granny Gertie went to round up reindeer in Russia. She wore red rollerblades and a rainbow raincoat. She roared and raced around the rumbling reindeer.
When Lucy was 5 years old Granny Gertie gave Lucy a piece of pink paper.
“When I was a little girl” said Granny Gertie “I was scared of many things. I wished I was brave. This is the wish list that I wrote of the things that I wished I was brave enough to do. If you can be brave enough to do all of these things I will give you a super special surprise”
Then Granny Gertie leapt onto a llama in her lime green leggings and lavender leotard and left to look for lizards and lynx in Latvia.
On Monday Lucy looked at wish number one.
“I wish I was brave enough to hold spiders and worms”.
Even though they seemed scary and yucky Lucy found a spider and a worm and put them in her hand. They wiggled and tickled and squiggled. Lucy giggled.
On Tuesday Lucy looked at wish number two.
“I wish I could wear twenty two hats to school and not be afraid of people laughing at me”.
Lucy went exploring in Mommy’s closet. She found as many hats as she could and piled them on top of her head.
At school everyone laughed but Lucy gave her friends a hat each and they all laughed together. After that every Tuesday at Lucy’s school was Silly Hat Day.
On Wednesday Lucy looked at wish number three...