Character Lesson: Family: A family doesn't have to have two people, or ten. It is just people who love each other and who live together. Sometimes a family has a mommy and a daddy and some boys and some girls, and sometimes it means just a mommy or just a daddy, or even two mommies or two daddies. Sometimes there is no mommy or daddy and the children live with an aunt, an uncle or grandparent. Family members are not always the same color, and they don't always look alike. Family doesn't always mean blood relatives, it just means acceptance, love and caring for each other.
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A Sister for SamA "Sam and Friends Book"
By Vicki Diane Westling
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2010 Vicki Diane Westling
All right reserved.
Chapter OneA Sister for Sam
Sam had gone to bed for the night when he heard his mommy and daddy talking about getting another dog.
"Oh Boy, oh boy, oh boy," Sam whispered to himself in his softest woof possible. He wiggled and he turned, he got out of his bed and played with his tennis balls, he jumped on top of his mommy's bed and nuzzled her beneath her chin and licked her face. He was so happy.
The next morning, Sam awoke before sunrise and hurried over to the clubhouse. He was more excited than he had ever been, and he had to tell his friends the good news. He thought they would never come out.
Finally, he heard Rudie come out of his house. "It's about time you woke up, Rudie. I have been waiting for you," barked Sam.
"Good grief, Sam, you scared me half to death, what are you doing up so early. And, why are you in the clubhouse already?" growled Rudie.
"I have the best news in the whole wide world. Mommy and Daddy are getting another dog. Do you know what that means? I'm going to have a new little brother. Isn't that wonderful?" barked Sam. Then he did a flip and ran around chasing his tail.
"That might not be the best news, Sam. After all, you might not like having a brother. That would mean you would have to share your toys, you won't be the only dog in the house, and what could be worse, you could get a sister!" groaned Rudie.
"Blecch! Yikes! A sister. They have fleas," barked Sam. "Mommy would never do that to me. She loves me."
Boots entered the yard and came to where his friends were talking. "Hey what's going on?" he drawled.
"Mommy and Daddy are going to get another dog, and it might be a, yukky sister!" whined Sam.
"Now, Sam, it might be a brother, too," woofed Rudie, trying to make his little friend feel better.
"Sisters aren't so bad anyway, Sam," Boots barked, trying to reassure Sam. "I knew a girl dog once and she was kind of neat. She could run as fast as I could and she did all kinds of neat tricks. She could even catch a Frisbee." Boots gave Rudie a stern look for upsetting Sam.
"Yeah, Sam, Boots is right, it probably will be a brother dog, and even if it isn't, a sister dog won't be so bad. Its not like you'll have to play with her or anything," woofed Rudie as he put his paw on Sam's shoulder. "Come on, let's go down to the lake and chase the seagulls."
The three friends walked down to the lake. Sam was too depressed to run. He couldn't help but to think that his worse nightmare might come true and he would end up with a sister.
Once the seagulls saw the dogs coming toward them they knew something had to be wrong. The dogs were not running and jumping like they usually did and the birds didn't quite know what to make of it. "Better go get Hannibal," screeched one of the older seagulls to a younger one. "Fly fast, something is seriously wrong." The young seagull took off to find Hannibal while the other seagulls circled and flew up to the treetops where they perched and watched the three friends.
It took a while for the younger seagull to find Hannibal, but when he saw the tall grass moving in a straight line in old Farmer Campbell's field he knew it must be Hannibal. He swooped down and landed right in front of Hannibal's nose.
"What the heck," roared Hannibal "just what do you think you are doing you stupid seagull? You know I can eat birds for breakfast just as easily as I can eat mice." Then he put out his paws and roared as loudly as he could. The seagull did not budge. Hannibal roared again, and shook his paws toward the seagull. The seagull did not move. "Okay, what is it? There must be some reason that you are here, so what do you want?" demanded Hannibal.
"Come to the lake, quickly, there is something wrong with the dogs," chirped the little seagull.
Hannibal took off toward the lake at full speed. When he arrived at the shoreline he saw that the dogs were sitting together with their heads down.
"What's happening, boys?" meowed Hannibal in the most cheerful voice he could meow.
"I'm getting a sister," whined Sam. "Oh, no, that is bad news," Hannibal meowed. "A girl! Yuk!"
Sam stood and turned to his friends, "I'm going home," he groaned as he walked slowly back to his house.
"I'm going to run away," he whimpered as he walked past the others.
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