TITLE: MISS DAISY'S ANTIQUES EMPORIUM
GENRE: A Middle Grade Novel
Mary Louise and I were sunbathing on the roof of our apartment building. It was early afternoon and we were enjoying the peace and quiet of having the entire place to ourselves. In another few minutes story time would end downstairs and all the little kids would come stomping their way to the roof, taking over the playground area and making mature twelve-year-old conversation nearly impossible.
Mary Louise was fanning herself with one of those old-fashioned cardboard fans. On one side was a calendar. The other was an advertisement for the funeral home where her dad worked. I had a book on my lap but couldn’t bring myself to open it. It was one I’d read a hundred times before, or at least twice.
“I’ll say it again,” said Mary Louise. “This has got to be the most boring summer yet.”
I nodded in agreement.
A bee buzzed over my head and I followed him with my eyes. Buzz to the right. Buzz to the left. Then with a sudden jerk, he flew off towards the utility shed door.
“Even that bee has a more exciting life than us,” I sighed. “At least he has somewhere to go.”
“Face it,” said Mary Louise, “summers are dull, there’s just no getting around it. They always have been. They always will be. Summer vacation is day after endless day of the same people doing the same boring things.”