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Rylan played outside with his scooter. Henry, his friend the mouse was always around somewhere. Rylan looked for Henry. "There he was!" Rylan smiled. He was so glad he found Henry under his bed eating chips. Henry was fun to play with and talk to, but Rylan had been thinking about Dad all day. "Dad was out of the country working!"
Rylan rode up and down the driveway thinking about his dad.
Mom opened the door to say, "No riding in the street!"
Rylan waved to Mom and continued to think about all the great things he and dad did together.
He and dad went fishing, mowed the lawn, rode his bike, worked on the four-wheeler, and played basketball.
"Rylan! Time to come eat."
"Yes ma'am," Rylan called back. He put up his scooter and helmet in the garage as Henry scampered off somewhere.
Rylan ran into the kitchen to see both of his sisters eating dinner. "Yum!" Rylan thought as he hung his jacket on the kitchen coat hook, "meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I need a fork!"
Just as everyone began to talk about their school day, the front door slowly opened and slammed shut. Bam! Everyone looked at each other with wide eyes. They were not expecting anyone.
Who could it be?
"DAD?" everyone questioned at the same time. Olivia almost fell out of her chair rushing into the living room to be first to get to Dad. She threw her zebra one way, and tiny hand-toys another. She grabbed dad by his leg to give him a huge hug.
Mom smiled and hugged dad. Rylan said, "Dad, you are finally home!" Dad put his cap on Rylan's head and gave him a hug. It was Emma's turn to smile and gave Dad a big kiss on the cheek.
"Yay!" Rylan thought. "Dad is finally back from deployment." The family is very happy to have him home.
Dad said, "Rylan come help me carry my suitcase and backpack into the guest room. You can help me unpack tomorrow. I need a shower and clean clothes." Rylan hugged Dad again before they went down the hall. Rylan saw Henry digging into an unzipped pocket in Dad's bag, "probably looking for chips."CHAPTER 2
Dad and mom were sitting at the kitchen table talking.
They stopped talking as the kids came in the door.
"Who's in trouble?" wondered Rylan.
Dad happily said, "Mom and I have something to tell you."
"We will be moving to a new home," said Mom.
Rylan thought, "This will be the family's third move. Did every family move as much as we did?"
Emma, the oldest asked, "Where, where?"
Little Olivia chimed in, "Where?"
Rylan was quiet.
It was mom's turn to talk, "We'll be moving back to the 'Lower 48 States' to South Carolina."
All the kids shouted at once, "Where is that?"
Emma asked, "Is that near Louisiana? I want to see our family more. Alaska is too far away!"
Mom explained, "Yes, we will be much closer to everyone." "We can go visit on holidays."
Dad looked at mom and said, "See, that wasn't too hard."
"They seemed OK with the news," Mom said to Dad.
"South Carolina, here we come," Dad announced.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "Moving Again!!!"
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