Mr. Green was out. It was raining. Mrs. Green still had a cold. School was letting out three hours early. Sue had a key. Before Mrs. Green knew it her living room was full. Sue, and Evelyn made Mrs. Green some soup. Mike and Steve were playing impromptu songs on the piano. Mrs. Green was quizzing Carson on his spelling.
A car drove up in the driveway and everyone froze. The front door opened slowly and all the kids ran to hide. Sylvia poked her head into the front door.
“It’s just me. No need to hide.” Sylvia came in with a casserole dish and a stack of magazines. All the kids came back into the living room and resumed their activities.
Sylvia handed Mrs. Green the magazines and felt her forehead. “Let me guess.” She observed all the activity in the room. “Mr. Green has gone to the store?”
Mrs. Green looked up at Sylvia. “It was raining. Plus I like the company.”
Sylvia shook her head and took the casserole into the kitchen.
Sue picked up Ampersand and carried him to the backdoor. She opened the backdoor and coaxed Ampersand out into the rain. “Go on Ampersand. Mrs. Green just has a cold.”
The sun began to peek through the clouds and one by one each of the kids made their way home. When Mr. Green pulled into the driveway with the groceries, Sylvia had heated up the casserole and was getting ready to leave.
Mr. Green opened the front door. “Oh Sylvia. How is our patient? Thank you for bringing dinner.”
Sylvia smiled and shook her head. “She is just the same as she has she ever was.” Sylvia walked out to her car and drove home. The sun peeked through the rain clouds and Sylvia kept shaking her head “Just the same as she ever was.”
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