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Mama Wants a Llama
By Christine Conroy
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Chapter OneMy mama's birthday was drawing near, and I knew for what she was wishing this year. Mama told me one day as I sat on her knee that a llama would make her as happy as can be. She said she had dreamed of this gift for a while, and just thinking of llamas would make her smile.
As her birthday came closer Papa asked if I knew, if I had an idea, could I give him a clue? I told him I knew for what Mama had wished to have this year as a special birthday gift. I said, "Mama wants a llama, she told me so. Mama wants a llama, to the farm we must go!"
Papa asked, "Mama wants a llama? Well, what am I to do? Are you sure it was a llama that she told you? She does not want jewelry, not shoes nor a sweater? Not pottery, not flowers nor a hat with big feathers?"
I told him, "Mama wants a llama, Mama told me herself. She says there's a farmer down the road who can help. Mama visits the llamas while I am at school, and she even learned how to spin yarn from their wool. Mama thinks they are funny; they always make her giggle with their big brown eyes and fluffy tails that wiggle." "I know the farm," Papa said, "Let's go right away. Perhaps we will find Mama a llama today."
When we got to the farm and I saw all the llamas, I said, "How are we going to pick just one llama for my mama?" The farmer came out and knew who we were. He said, "I know your mama; you look just like her."
"My mama wants a llama," I told the nice man. The farmer said, "Your mama wants a llama? You will need a plan. You see, llamas need lots of room to run around. They cannot be kept in a city or a town."
Papa said, "Well, we have a large field and a barn at our house. It is empty except for some cats and a mouse. They chase it and chase it but it never gets caught. The cats may be lazy or the mouse may be smart."
The farmer said, "Sounds like a fine place for a llama to call home. You see, llamas live in herds; they cannot be alone. Now, they can guard flocks of goats, alpaca and sheep, but you will have a sad llama if it is only one that you keep." "Oh," said my papa, "There is just one thing to do we must not buy one llama; we must buy her two!"
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