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The Lonely Noodle
By Kathleen Morrissey
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There is nothing quite as pretty as a poolside scene on a warm summer night, when the water is still with a bright reflective blue caused by the pool lights on the sides of the pool, down under the water's surface, and the pool landscape lights also reflecting on the still water of the pool. A dark green silhouette around the pool of the landscape, the lounge chairs and umbrella tables, all alone and empty late at night. Such a sharp contrast to the pitch, black night. This is a very pretty sight.
Except this time it's sad because left behind and floating all alone on the surface of this beautiful pool is one lonely ... blue ... noodle. This noodle had a very busy day. Children and grandchildren, parents and grandparents, boys and girls alike, all had so much fun playing with the pool toys, including dive rings, brightly colored float tubes and wonderful noodles.
It all started early that morning when the blue noodle was resting in the very dark poolside locker along with the other pool toys. A young girl and her brother opened the lid of the locker, causing a sudden bright and blinding light to flood in revealing the wonderful selection of pool float toys.
"Jamie, I dibs the blue noodle," said Sally. "Which one do you want?'
"I'll take the red tube," replied Jamie.
"Grandma wants one. I'll take her a pink noodle," said Sally.
"Here Grandma, we brought you a noodle too." Sally offered.
Grandma, Jamie and Sally all went floating in the pool on their toys. The kids' parents lounged on pool chairs and watched from the poolside. Sally was floating with the blue noodle under both arms, causing the noodle to bend in the shape of a bow, with her arms straight down in front, her head held up high, and a big smile of delight on her face. Sally was in the shallow end of the pool where her toes could just barely touch the bottom. She kicked and bounced up and down in excited glee.
"Wheee! Watch me Grandma! I am bouncing!"
Jamie floated in the center of his bright red tube and Grandma floated on her back with arms back over her pink noodle, causing it to gently wrap around and support her floating.
"This is fun," remarked Grandma.
"Look Jamie. There is a girl sitting by her parents watching us. Do you think maybe she would like to play a game with us?" Sally asked.
"Why don't you go and ask her," said Jamie.
So sally rested her noodle on the edge of the pool and got out to go over to the girl.
"Hi! My name is Sally. What is your name?"
"I am Tina," the girl said with a smile.
"Would you like to get a noodle and come play a game with us?" asked Sally.
"Yeah! That sounds like fun," said Tina. "Mom is it okay?"
"Sure," her mom answered. "Just don't run by the pool.
Tina then asked, "What should we play?"
"Let's get your noodle and ask my brother Jamie," Sally said.
Sally and Tina went to the poolside locker and Tina picked out a yellow noodle. Then both girls joined Jamie in the pool.
"Let's have a race," said Jamie.
"Let's each kick as hard and fast as we can to see who can get to the other side of the pool fi rst," suggested Sally.
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