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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Bon Voyage

The Tonini family packed their bags. The children ran around, excited about their upcoming trip. “Papa, are we really going to sail on a ship?”  Alfonzo clapped his hands.

“Yes, Alfonzo. You, baby Alberto, Maria, Mama and me are going to a ship. We’re going far away. You might see a whale, or a flying fish,” Papa said.

“But Papa, what about my friends. I won’t be able to see Vincenzo ever again. I play with him every single day. Can he come?” Alfonzo frowned.

“No, Alfonzo, he can’t come with us. Our family is the only family from the village who is leaving on the ship. There will be other families and you’ll make new friends when we settle in our new home in Scotland.” Papa rubbed Alfonzo’s hair.

They walked through the village and headed for the docks. Alfonzo waved goodbye to Vincenzo and his other friends. Maria waved goodbye to her friends too. Mama and Papa hugged their neighbors and then they boarded the ship. Maria and Alfonzo were excited and ran around the ship, exploring it from top to bottom. “Maria! Alfonzo! Stay near Mama and me. It’s crowded. I don’t want you to get lost, or fall overboard.”

They sailed for a long time. The water was rough and Alfonzo didn’t feel very well, but finally they arrived in Scotland. Papa hired a wagon to take the family to a croft in the highlands. Papa bought some sheep and a few highland cows. Mama learned to make butter and cheese and she planted a garden. Alfonzo and Maria ran around the glen gathering stones and splashing in the burn. Baby Alberto slept and didn’t know anything had changed.

One day a family came to visit. They lived a few miles away in another croft. They had a little boy named Duncan and a little girl named Fiona. From that day on Duncan and Alfonzo played together, as did Fiona and Maria. Mama and Papa smiled and were happy they’d come to Scotland.

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