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Lucy’s “Perfect” Summer
Copyright © 2009 by Nancy Rue
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Rue, Nancy –
Lucy’s perfect summer / by Nancy Rue.
p. cm. — (What about Lucy? ; bk.3_)
Summary: Facing up to a cheater at an elite soccer day camp and some
difficult events at home helps eleven-year-old Lucy do some growing up
during a summer which, while very different from the one she imagined, turns
out to be just right.
1. Soccer — Fiction 2. Sportsmanship— Fiction. 3. Christian life — Fiction. 4. Single-parent families — Fiction. 5. Blind — Fiction. 6. People with disabilities — Fiction. 7. New Mexico — Fiction. I. Title.
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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
— 2 Corinthians 4:18
Dear God: Why My Life Is Just about Perfect
1. School is out for the summer!!!!!!!!!!
Lucy would have made more exclamation points, but Lollipop, her pot-bellied kitty, was watching from the windowsill above the bed, her black head bobbing with each stroke and dot. She’d be pouncing in a second.
Lucy protected the Book of Lists with her other arm and wrote . . .
2. Aunt Karen is taking her vacation to some island, so
she won’t be coming HERE for a while. YES!!
3. I can practice soccer every minute that I want
to — which I HAVE to do if I’m going to be accepted
to even try out for the Olympic Development Program. Hello — biggest dream on the planet!
4. We have a soccer game on our field in two weeks,
thanks to Coach Auggy. A for-REAL game, with a whole
other team, not just our team split up, which is always
lame since we only have eight players to begin with. I
Lollipop twitched an ear at the pen.
“Forget about it,” Lucy said to her. She’d only just learned the joy of making exclamation points from Veronica, who was a girly-girl, but who did have her good points. Lucy snickered. “Good
Lolli. Get it?”
Lollipop apparently did not. She tucked her paws under her on the tile sill and blinked her eyes into a nap. Lucy slipped a few more exclh2ltion marks in before she continued.
5. I get to hang out with J.J. and Dusty and Veronica and
Carla Rosa and Mora any time I want, not just at lunch
or soccer practice or church. Okay, so I already got
to hang out with them a lot before summer, but now
it’s like ANY time, and that’s perfect. Except we’re still
stuck with Januarie. If she weren’t J.J.’s little sister,
we could just ditch her, but she needs a good influence. We’re a good influence.
Lucy glanced at her bedroom door to make sure it was all the way shut. The Book of Lists was her private way of talking to God, and everybody else in the house — Dad and Inez, the housekeeper-nanny, and her granddaughter Mora — knew to leave it alone. Still, she always had to figure out whether it was worth risking discovery to write down what she really, really thought. She decided it was and added.
Well, maybe Mora’s not that good of an influence.
Besides, God already knew she was thinking it. She’d discovered that if He wanted her to think anything different, He would definitely let her know. She wrote some more:
6. We can go buy little chocolate soccer balls at Claudia’s
shop in the middle of the day, or have breakfast at
Pasco’s café or take picnics to OUR soccer field,
because — guess what? — It’s SUMMER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Something black whipped across the page and Lucy’s pen flew into space, landing with a smack against the blue-and-yellow toy chest and knocking down the ruler Lucy always kept there to hold it open in case Lollipop needed to jump in and hide. The lid slapped shut, and Lolli sprang into an upside down U before she leaped and skidded across the top with her claws bared. She glared indignantly at Lucy.