In Michael's first kids' story, Grandpa's Magic Beard, Grandma was always on Grandpa's case about his wild imagination. According to Grandpa, he and his two granddaughters went into a magic world in his beard. In Jaycob's Magic Spaceship, Grandpa is at it again. This time, Grandpa and Grandson, Jaycob, are off on a trip to Mars in Jaycob's Magic Spaceship while Grandma is at a ladies' meeting. Grandma still believes that all these adventures are just a result of an overactive imagination, but Jaycob and Grandpa know better. Believe it or not, they even have a few space rocks to show that they visited Mars.
Michael Parlee lives with his wife, Pauline, in Bowden, Alberta. He has written three other adult novels: Tanya, Son of Sister Maria, and We Must Forgive to Live.
His e-mail address is email@example.com.
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Jaycob's Magic Spaceship
By Michael Parlee, Juanita Parlee
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Jaycob was 8 and he loved Rocket Spaceships and Robots.
He loved them even more than his favorite treats: dark chocolate, fruit roll-ups, wagon wheels and gushers.
In the summer he spent time at Grandpa's and Grandma's small farm near Bowman.
Years before, Jaycob's sister, Emily, told him she had gone on a magic trip into Grandpa's beard while visiting Grandma's and Grandpa's farm when they lived in Spirit Valley.
Jaycob never grew tired of Emily's story of her visit to the magic 'World of Dreams' and Emily must have told the story to Jaycob at least a zillion times.
Jaycob was forever asking Grandma and Grandpa to help him build a Rocket Spaceship.
Finally one day they got started at building it out in the back yard.
Grandpa built the round frame, covered it with thin plywood and made a small door in it.
Jaycob and Grandma painted it bright Red, Yellow and Blue.
It was just big enough for Jaycob and Grandma to squeeze inside. Grandpa was too big and too stiff to get in.
They built a special chair for Jaycob to lay down in when he launched it. Grandma, Grandpa and Jaycob built a control panel that was above Jaycob's head. It looked like a car's dash.
There was a lever for launching and Grandpa put in an old vacuum cleaner that would sound like the spaceship's engines. The lever was hooked to the vacuum cleaner switch.
At the top of the spaceship was a window made of plastic that you could see through.
Jaycob spent many hours and days in his spaceship pretending he was launching his rocket spaceship and exploring space.
He took his i-Pod with him to play games while he was space travelling. He always had his favorite stuffy, Leo, by his side.
One night when they were eating supper, Grandpa turned to Jaycob.
"Wouldn't it be fun if we could use magic to make your spaceship into a real one and go into space?"
"Oh Grandpa," Grandma replied. "You're always thinking about your magical worlds. It was bad enough you had Emily and Sofia thinking they had gone with you into some imaginary world in your beard. Now you're talking about the same kind of make-believe stuff with Jaycob."
Grandpa did not reply, but he smiled and winked at Jaycob.
Grandma was a little concerned with Grandpa. Ever since he retired and started writing stories, there were times when she thought he acted more like a child than a grandpa. She thought it foolish that he was forever telling their grandchildren tall tales.
Sometimes when she went to town in the afternoon, neither Jaycob nor Grandpa would be hungry at supper.
By the stains on their faces she knew that Grandpa had some secret place where he hid a bunch of chocolates that he shared with Jaycob when she wasn't around.
Grandma would often scold Grandpa and Jaycob about them getting addicted to chocolate.
Grandma had to go to a ladies meeting after supper.
After giving Grandpa stern instructions on getting Jaycob to bed on time, she left in the car.
"Were you being real about Making my spaceship fly, Grandpa?" Jaycob asked, once he and Grandpa were by themselves.
"I'm not sure, but I have an old, old book on casting magic spells."
Grandpa went to the library and returned with a dusty old book.
"Here's a spell for changing something small into something very big," Grandpa said after studying the old book for some time.
"It says you hove to hop on your right leg around whatever you want to change. Every time you take a hop you are to cry out, Kronk, Kronk – Lily-Font, Eelrap, Eelrap — Milue Monk."
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