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iEditor's note ]'his ~eek eight year-old Erica Dascher i,~ cuest or ghost writing her motht-;r's col- umn This is partly bec ',c hel" mother',~ imagination is m the shop for a tune-up anti repairs But mostly it is because her mother was so enchanted x~ith this stor~ Eriea concocted for a ~ rltnl.e as- signment in Ilenrietta Davis third ~rade class at West Mercer By ERICA DASCHER Once a girl Kat3 and her friend Brooke decided to ~o to the Mercer Island Shopping Center on an ad-Oasching about venture The.~ asked their moth- ers. Their mothers said it was all "'I never thought ot that." said right. And so they were off. Kate. '" Maybe you're right." On the way. Katy fell off hem" 'ILiex we may ha,*'e somethm~ bike. skinned her knee. and start- here." said Brooke ed to cry An old lad>' came out of Just then Katy's mother called her house as fast as she could hob- to tell her to come home and take a ble, saying "Oh ~ou poor thing bath. In the bathtub Katx kept her Are you all right '> Here. let me put knee up in the air to make sin', her a Band-Aid on that knee.' Band-Aid didn't come off. The bandaged Katy's knee anti ,The Next Day at School+ then gave each of the girls a pack- age of gun:. With a calm voice the KATY WAS TALKING to one o! old lad) asked both Katy anti her best friends, Maria. Mariawas Brooke. "'Do you have any sis- really ticked because her older ters?" sister had fed Maria's three-foot- "'Yes. said Katy. 'Mine is 14 tall candy cane to the neighbor's "Yes." said Brooke. "Mine is 12 dog The neighbors weren't too and yukky." happy either because they had to "Mineisyukky too." said Kat~. pay to have the dog's stomach "Well." said the old lady. "don't pumped. let either of them get intl) this "Really"" asked Katx gun). It is ma~w "Yeah," said Maria. "'some- Katy and Brook(, sped off to the times l'd like to eet rid of her." Jack-in-the-Box At the Jack-in- Kat.v smiled and said "I have the-Box they each bought a some bubbh, that makes big cheeseburger, small tries and a sisters disappear. Ya' want chocolate shake some?'" While the> were eating. Brooke "Thanks tor understanding but said. "'Don't you think that lad> there's no such thing as huhble was kirda strange" It's not very ~um that makes sisters disap- often that an ohl lad) comes to pear." your rescue with a Band-Aid and a "Yeah? Oh yeah?'" said Katy pack of bubble gum anti than "'Here. have some. You'll see- wants to know if you have a bil~ After Maria's sister vanished sister. Maybe she% a ~iteh or a into thin air. the word got around gypsy indisguise." and everyone with a big sister "Don't be sill,v." said Katx "'she wanted some of Brooke's anti was just trying to help " Kat.v's magic gum "'Yeah. I ~ues~ .you're ri ht." After a levy days Katy anti said Brooke. Brooke were playing again and At home Kab hid her hubbh, Brooke said. "Gee. I sorta miss gum under her mattress But Katy my sister Now l have to do all her didn't know that her" sister Jenny chores "' was spying on her. And alter Katy Just then Maria rode by on her and Brook(, lett. Jenny snuck bike and said. "How do we get our under the mattres.- and took a sisters ilack? I'm tired ot takin~ piece of bubble gum out the garbage." Before you could say inkabun- Kat.x mumbled. "'%%e11, er. gee. kabracadoozippidabazippididoo, well. urn. we haven'! figured that Jenny disappeared out yet." The same thim~ happened aT Pretty soon there was a whole Brooke's house Brooke's sister crowd of kids standinl~ around Karen found here secret stash of Brooke and Katy asking ho~ to get gum and the minute she bit into it their sisters back, she disappeared "Now we're in trouble." Brooke Katy's mother thought Jenny whispered to Katy. was at a slumber party, but when "'Don't worry. I'll think of some- she hadn't come home by the next thing.' said Kate "'like. isn't this afternoon Katy's mother began the night we're both supposed to calling all over. After three hours take a bath before dinner?" of calling all of Jenny's friends. "'Oh veah "" exclaimed Kaly, Katy's mother finalb called the and they both ran toe the safety of police. The police, one ol the their tui)s world's best detectives, the Army. In the bathtub Katy noticed that the Navy and the Air Force the stickum was coming off her couldn't find a trace of Jenny any- Band-Aid and since her knee didn't where, hurt anymore she decided to let Meanwhile, down the street al the Band-Aid soak ,f~ in the bub- Brooke's house. Brookes parents bles. had called the police, one of the Just as Katy's Band-Aid floated world's best detectives, the Arm,'. to the top of the tub water, all over the Navy and the Air Fore(, There Mercer Island the missinl~ big sis- was not a tract, ot Karen any- ters began to reappear in the where, strangest places, happily chewin~ Katy ~ent over to Brooke's their bubble gum and not knowing house to see if she could play. Both what in the world had happened to of them were reall) likin~ life them without their older sisters. Kaly Katy and Brooke never talked and Brooke went outside. Brooke about It again, but alter that. said, "Hey. you kno~v, l think thal whenever they ~enl to the Jack- bubble gum had something to do m-the-Box, they went the other with our sisters disappeanng " ~ay Class helps parents in understanding preschoolers A six week parent education course offered b> the Mercer Ix- land Preschool Association will help parents understand feelings towards their preschoolers anti give them insight into the develop- mnt of their children, accordm~ re) instructor Tina Cohen The course. ito~ to Sur~i~e With Your Pre.~choolers." will be held beginnin~ at 7 3o pm on Tuesday. Feb 24 Ior six consecu tive weeks in the library at Island Park Elementary School A different topic will be dl-~- cussed each ~eek anti explored through lectures, small group problem solving and role playin~ Growth and developmer, l will be taken up at the first nleetull~ Sub- sequent weeks will include discus- sion on Barbershop songs abound at R and R concert Old barbershop atmosphere ~ 1!t econ :tml ht:d~o 1! l- mw nt !, I, ,' take over when The Lakt Wast. ~,olm~ tn lhe I l~lN,d St:lit !,'~c ~' ' " ~' d ington Skippers and the Mercer ll',mte(~tiHt'l:tu~crs~)lq~t'tHl~|~tq!l~tqx !,'l~,~tH~t!t,i ~,* lhl' tAlt'P,t~t,! }i'+.lY i ~IF Island High School musie de[~art x~hwh ~, ',l} mr' htqll ttHltt r'Atser, p merit get together for a conctrt to We rio tt het'Lill,e 'd.C t'H!O !I ~Hlt! %t'l~C|l!,~ hkt' tt'lt' tLttl~t'r,~hoI~ l benefit The R and R Place Rc ,',aid tl:tll It- : hohhx x~:th i ',t .m :q,tomtvc Iq.md b k .a~~ source and ReftrralL at t4 p m ComFtlltmetlt *q ~,tt,td- Jn,t lillt'l, OllmC lili3CtH~. J" ~i~. Monday Feb9 "l'h,s ts the tir,q trait' the l~t'oul, ,i~:,~ ~,', Guidance and discipline -- un derstanding techniques to use with preschoolers; oS-permom -- exploring the su- permom theory: Sensiti~e SubJects - a discus- ,~ion of ho~ to feel comlortabh, talkine about hospitals, death, tit- vorce and sex : and Child'~ play -- exploring the ne- cessity ot child's play The high school attditortum ~(11 h:t. perlormed on Mercer I-I;md ring with songs from the ~d old thdl said days like 'Sirawberr) Pat,'h th, ~,nd he thouchl lhc ,',m, crl "Brian's Song," "'Back ir the x~mtld be a eood ~a.~ h, ra!.r Days" and "Vi'hen ,|ohnnie I'omes motlc', for x:, hatexer t'o,lr, lhc vtq~ Marching Home" h,r h;t, ' "l':vkets ~tll he ~, ,t a "We sing old timer and mod,:'i: versions." said Gavlord Hall h~,~i nr,q come hr,t svl'~ ' hast~ ']'hc R and R I'kicc provides slliih,nl og,x instructor at the high st'h,+ot x~ith hh'r;dtlre ,m drue, ali,'t~ht*l anti member of the sin~inl~ t21"Ottl~ ' " "l'ht harbt,rshop ~roup x~i!! h, tolHr;it't'ldH, es ;tnd tamll~, :nut ' ie ~t;tl 1~ Slle, hilhittell lix the hil~h ~chool <' 'et %%c l'"()tiih" :t pl3ce 1o ~tI und drlln} hand and pertormaiwe, hx l;iik ~ ,tl,I. t f1~.15 t'Olllmschlmk'. ".;Iht hil2h >t'htlil[ soloists and ensclllhlt* .lenllltt'l Ill(tiVOli t'clllel' t'OHIIst" I 12coup- ;tlI(till~ th3t slit' et'~ .lit Ill 7. ".Ill thmli ;t inelnht,l ol lht' 1~ ;il~,t l( derml> ~i t,t) iilid l'Cl ,r*, l, Ill 71~ ~lll Phice ittlVISOi'~, bo;n'd. ~t,~'- lh~ d ,nl, ;1 p),l)th ht olhi,r ~,lllll.t concert as benetitillt2 hltti IL, t~+i bershop CtIO1"11~, and lht t'Oltl "-t'llltt {" tq, ttllqltt~ ltll' t eDh'l !.- (o center. <:~h'd ,F, ~h~' hiCt ; -t }b,ot II I- ~l'll;I i'i:TI f I'i11~) l)l(' "l )tliltt ,1!)1# i~ I~q lliUi~Cit it'< tlh' ".t }liIOi itI'-ll ~CI ~;tlit They will split the llr, ,'d- with lhe chorus grotll~S nu,mx 2pint.; h a trlF tl~ liett'ilit I<,t ~]!t annua~ !1{it i('dG al Compel 111i Ill The lAike i!,'a:,hinl2lol~ ~klllpt,l> ADULT COURSES Alcdwv.tl. Rcn,u~.m, (" Art /ntjhtn % ~tl/'hl:J~;t ,"l~,ldt'} .-~ t" VP;u.d A n.l/v~;ts ( ,q~,r 3hdc Phoro~'r:l!,in Pr~ht,tlon Portcn 7t't hm,/im, Adv.m, cd ( ;I,i~ 7 c, t,n.!u~-, To register, call 206-4,54-3322 EASTSIDE GALLERY 232-8300 HANSEN INVESTMENT C01 Mercer Island Wash ,ttl4il411 ARTS & C I" r.turi.~z "THE REMODELING PROS" Vi,lit our ~howroorrt II105N [ 2rid ~ellevue 455-27fi8 mmmm.mm,mNmm Role models -- how roh, models help develop each child sexualit,~ ; COHEN is a hn'mer parent edu- cation instructor at Bellevue Corn inunit~ College and has also taul~ht toddler classes for BCt" She teaches Spanish preschool clas~es, has a B,A and teachin~ certificate trom the University of Washington and has completed preschool leadership traimng at BCt" Cosl o| lhe course is .$11; or $15 a couple. To register, call Cohen at 232-0817or Karen King, at 232-7267 ~tt, li ,u.l kct't~ d,q!l:: t'~t'lx t'l!,qlZf! flhHlt'k "-;llt# i'l'<.'.~) ti[IW 1~ t". 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