going to go visit your grandma Naomi for a week. You'll have such fun.
She lives in the big city. You can go shopping and see lots of cars and
interesting people.” Mrs. Harmon smiled at her son.
“But I don't
want to leave you and Daddy. I like it here on the farm. What will the
ducks do if I'm not here to feed them?” Tommy wiped a tear from his
“Oh, Tommy. I'll
take care of the ducks. Your grandma wants to spend time with you.”
Tommy looked up
at his mother. “Okay, Mom. I'll go.”
The next day
they drove to the city. Tommy saw tall buildings. “Those buildings are
higher than Mr. Johann's oak tree.”
They saw cars of
every color and size and all sorts of shops and restaurants. When they
pulled up in front of Grandma Naomi's apartment building, she stood
waiting for them. “Tommy! I'm so happy that you are coming to visit me.”
She hugged him and took his suitcase.
goodbye to his mother, Tommy followed his grandma inside. A man stood at
the door and opened it for them and then they took an elevator way up to
the top floor. Tommy noticed pigeons flying from one building's rooftop
to another. One or two landed on the balcony. “Grandma, can I go out on
the balcony? There are pigeons out there.”
“Yes, of course.
Why don't you take a glass of lemonade and you can look out at the
city.” She handed him a tall, frosty glass of icy juice.
Tommy stood at
the railing. He could barely see the sun because the buildings blocked
his view. The pigeons flew down when they saw him nibbling on a cookie.
He crumbled it up and held out his hands. The pigeons landed on his arm
and ate the pieces. Tommy laughed.
took him to the zoo, to toy store, a fancy restaurant where he had to
wear a tie, and for a ride up to the top of the tallest building. Each
night when they went back to her apartment, he stood outside and fed the
The week went by
and soon it was time for his mother to pick him up. He packed his
suitcase and went into the living room. “Grandma, thank you for letting
me come. I had fun. I'll remember this for as long as I live.” He ran
into her arms and hugged her tight.
When his mom
pulled up, he climbed in the car.
“Did you have
fun?” His mother questioned the tearful boy. “I took good care of your
“Mom, I had fun. There were pigeons and Grandma let me feed them cookie
crumbs. She took me shopping and see that tall building? We went to the
top of it and looked out over the whole city.”
As they drove
away, Tommy knelt on the back seat. He waved goodbye to his Grandma
Naomi. When they arrived back at the farm, he ran around searching for
his ducks. He petted the cows and the sheep. “I had fun with my
grandma,” he said to one of the pigs, “but it's sure nice to be home.”