I am always so pleased to see one of my little nephews coming up the path to my house. They are all growing so fast. Today I was in the garden trimming my hedge when little Gerald appeared.
“Oh Gerald, it’s so nice to see you!” I said as he appeared with his school books.
“Auntie, do you have time to help me with my homework,” he asked.
“Of course,” I replied. “Do you mind helping me in the garden for a little first, and then we can do it together.”
“Of course, Auntie.” He’s such a good boy.
“I’d like you to hold the ladder while I climb up and trim the top of the hedge.”
He hurried off and brought the ladder from the shed and then came over to where I was trimming the foliage.
I smiled at Gerald and explained, “I always like to trim my bush. After all,” I added, “you never know who’s going to be looking at it!”
As Gerald held the ladder I climbed to the top and began trimming the errant growth. The, looking across at the bay, and the mountains, I said to Gerald, “I can see for miles, it’s a terrific view from here.”
Gerald replied, “Yes Auntie. From here too.”
I glanced down at where he was looking up at me.
“Excuse me,” I said.
“There’s a lovely view from your garden,” said Gerald quickly, as he flushed red.
When I’d finished trimming the hedge we came indoors and I put on the tea. Gerald got out his homework and started working away at math problems.
“Would you like Chinese, Gerald,” I asked, feeling like take out was a good idea.
“Oh yes,” he replied.
I looked at one of the online menus, and I must say my mouth was watering.
“Mmmm,” I said. “I think sweet and sour pork…”
Gerald looked at one of his math problems and then asked me, “Auntie, which do you think is the odd one out. 9, 12, 14, and 15.”
I answered him swiftly, “Gerald, it’s obviously number 14.”
“That’s what I thought,” he replied. “But why?”
“Oh Gerald,” I sighed. “It’s because it’s the only one that comes with rice.”
From your favorite Auntie,