Maddy and Squirt move to a new state, new home, make new friends and start a new school. They discover a new beginning can be a wonderful adventure.
THE ADVENTURES OF
MADDY AND SQUIRT
Children leave footprints on our hearts.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND PETS PAGE 5
MEET MADDY AND SQUIRT 9
MADDY AND SQUIRT:
MEET THE JOHNSON FAMILY 27
MADDY AND SQUIRT:
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD 45
MADDY AND SQUIRT:
FRIENDS AND SUMMER FUN 69
MADDY AND SQUIRT:
SUMMER EXCITEMENT 89
MADDY AND SQUIRT:
SUMMER ENDS, SCHOOL BEGINS 119
BOOKS AVAILABLE BY AUTHOR 145
Family and Friends of Maddy and Squirt you will meet
in this and following stories.
Dr. and Mrs. Dan (Pat) Jamison
Dad and Mom
Madison Renee Jamison (6/8/1997)
Maddy age 9
Gregory Alan Jamison (7/1/2000)
Squirt or Greg 6
Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Marie) Flint
Grandpa and Grandma
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson (Ned and Fran)
Jan and Brad 17
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell (Dave and Helen)
Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan (Fred and Katherine)
Mary Kate 3
Mr. Sampson (Larry)
Mrs. Roberts (Sarah)
Allison (Ali) 14
Mr. and Mrs. Moss (Herb and Clair)
Twins - Faith and Hope 4
Bobby 9 months
Mr. and Mrs. Chan (Don and Ann)
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter (Steven and Cynthia)
Mr. and Mrs. Jones (Jacob and Mavis)
Maplewood Elementary School
Mrs. Kemp----------------------Bus Driver
Mrs. Butterweed ---------------Maddy’s teacher----4th grade
Miss Finch-----------------------Squirt’s teacher------1st grade
Melissa Mae Williams Age 9-1862
Birthday 8/20/1853 Diary–1863
Animals and owners
Mr. Johnson Horses-----Big Jake
(Kurt shares horses) Clyde
Susie Mitchell Pony---- Magnolia (Maggie)
Bill Sullivan Pony------Spud
Casey Pony----- Lucky
Carol Sampson Pony-------Bo
Jenny Roberts Pony-----Sassafras (Sassy)
MEET MADDY AND SQUIRT
Hi! My name is Madison Renee Jamison, better known as
Maddy. I’m 9 years old and have curly red hair and green eyes. My
Daddy says, “You have eyes like emeralds.”
“Don’t call me Red or Curly if you don’t want a fight. I detest being called that.”
My Mother says, “Madison, you’re a tomboy and very precocious. You are “9 going on 29.”
I think Mom says that because I like playing sports and she feels I’m too inquisitive for my own good. She only uses my first name if she is trying to make a point or is upset with me.
I love reading “Harry Potter” and playing games on the computer. I like all games and the challenge of advancing to the next level. I like climbing trees, riding horses and swimming. I’m looking
forward to starting the 4th grade at my new school.
I have a little brother, Gregory Alan, better known as Squirt. He got the name when he was a baby because when Daddy changed his diaper, he squirted him. The name just stuck. He’s 6 years old and has red hair and hazel eyes. Daddy says, “This young man has
As far as little brothers go, he’s a keeper. We have lots of fun together and try not to fuss or fight too often because it upsets Mommy. If Mommy is upset, the whole house is in trouble.
Mom says, “Squirt, you are too curious and rambunctious for your own good and my peace of mind.” I think it’s because he likes to know how things work and is always taking them apart to check
them out. He’s always in motion and doing something; he loves being outdoors and is happy even if he’s only looking for bugs or imagining shapes in the clouds. He will be riding the school bus to our new school with me. He’ll be in the first grade. Don’t worry. I’ll look after him.
We have just moved into our new house in the country. I didn’t think I would like it because I hated leaving my friends and school. I was sure that I would never have friends again and the new school would be awful. I cried and begged not to move. I sobbed to
Grandma and Grandpa Flint, “I don’t want to move. Can I live with you?” They are always there when I need them and take care of us if Mom and Dad work late or are out with friends.
I love my room and have it just the way I want it, perfect. I said, “The new house will be ugly and stuck in the middle of no place. I’ll be all alone and unhappy.”
Mommy and Daddy keep saying, “You’ll love it and make lots of new friends. You’ll love your new room and all the places to play. You’ll fit right in at the new school and find you like it better than your old one.”
I don’t believe them.
Mom says the house is a big old rambling Southern home. There are lots of open fields and trees. I can understand why Mom thinks it is perfect and loves it, but how does she know I will love it? Thinking back before our move, I was wrong about most
things. Mom was right, as she usually is. These events led up to the
move and what I discovered.
My daddy is a doctor. He said, “I’m tired of the hustle, bustle
and traffic in the city. I need a change of scenery and some place
more quiet and peaceful. It would be nice to be a doctor in a small
town and know the patients I take care of as more than just a file folder with a name on it.”
We were on vacation and drove through the area. Mom fell in “Love” with the little town of Fritzburg. We had stopped for lunch at the “Jelly Jar” on Main Street. Isn’t that a funny name? All our drinks arrived served in jelly jars of all sizes and shapes. We walked
around and looked at all the shops. The downtown looked like it was from the movie set “The Wizard of Oz.” All the stores were like little cottages with lots of flowers and picket fences around them.
Mom said, “Oh, isn’t this the most darling little place ever.” There was an
old fashion drugstore with a soda fountain, a bank, a department store,
lots of antique and specialty shops, a grocery store and a post office. Mom just kept saying how she, “loved the little town and its quaintness.” It seemed to be in a time warp.
When we got home, Mom and Dad began checking out the area seriously. Dad discovered the local doctor was retiring and looking for someone to take over his practice. Dad thought it would be the perfect place to raise a family and be a family doctor. “This
would work out well for the whole family,” he said.
Mom was delighted. She works as an emergency room nurse. She said, “I just want to slow down and spend more time with my family and have time to paint, work on crafts and have a garden. I want time to make friends and have coffee or tea with them and just
She discovered the farm when she and Dad were on a trip to talk to Dr. Fred about taking over his practice. Grandma and Grandpa stayed with Squirt and me. While Dad and Dr. Fred talked business,
Mom explored the area. She said, “I knew the house was the right one as soon as I saw it. It seemed to shout, “Come live in me and be
happy. I’m lonesome and need a family to make me alive again.”
“The Old Williams’ Place,” as it was called, had been vacant for many years.
I guess a family named Williams lived there at some time or another. Mom said, “It needs lots of work since it has been vacant for a long time, but I’m sure it can be brought back to its original beauty. I know we can work together to do it.”
After Daddy saw it, he agreed. Of course, Daddy agrees with
most things that make Mommy happy.
This brings us to the move. I hope you like our new home as much as I do.
So, in just six months, we found a new practice for Daddy, a house for Mommy and lots of space for Squirt and me.
When we arrived at the farm, I knew Mommy was right. It really seemed to be
saying, “Welcome, love me and I’ll love you back. You will be happy here. I will keep you warm and dry and provide a home that everyone will find joy in.”
The house is going to be a wonderful home. Mom will make it cozy and welcoming. Dad will fill it with fun and laughter. Now it is only the matter of making new friends and going to a new school.
Mom said, “Grandma and Grandpa Flint will visit often.” I
am so glad because I love them so much and miss them already.
Daddy, Mommy and Grandpa Flint are already at the house. They went up a few days ago to be there when the furniture arrives.
Grandma Flint, Squirt and I are driving up today. We will stop for lunch on the way. As we head up the driveway, Squirt and I are amazed. It is our first time to see the farm and we are completely
speechless with surprise. The house is even larger than Mom told us.
The fields are lush green and all the trees just begged to be climbed.
Squirt yelled, “Look at that huge tree. Let’s build a tree house in it. We could have great times in it.”
As the house came into view, we sat in stunned silence. Squirt and I said at the same time, “It’s huge. It’s a mansion. Awesome.”
The house is three fantastic stories high with a porch that goes around
the front and sides as far as we can see. There is a balcony across the
front second story. We will have enormous fun exploring the house,
yard and fields.
As we came to a stop in front of the house, we scrambled out, falling over each other. Zeus, our black Labrador retriever, almost knocked us down as he clamored to check out the area. He thinks he’s the third child of the family and doesn’t want us out of his sight. Snowball, my cat, looked from her carrier in mild disgust and
meowed her indignation of being in that “jail.”
Zeus ran around like a crazy dog, trying to take in everything
at once. Of course, we struggled to grasp everything we saw. We flew up the wide steps to the spacious porch and looked all around.
The front doors swung open. Mommy and Daddy shouted, “Welcome to your new home. Come right on in. I think you will find lots of things to keep you busy and happy here.” They lifted each of us up and gave us big bear hugs. We proceeded into the house to be hugged by Grandpa.
Zeus was jumping around as excited as a child going to “McDonald’s.” Snowball was meowing, “Let me out of this jail.”
Squirt and I stared in amazement at the first rooms on the main floor and their size. A beautiful staircase curved up to the second floor and a balcony. It kept curving and ended with a balcony
on the third floor. You can look down to the first floor foyer. The largest chandelier I’ve ever seen was hanging from the ceiling of the third floor. It will be fun to peek in all the corners and find all the hidden places. Maybe someday I will discover what had happened to the Williams Family and if they had built this magnificent house.
Mom said, “Your rooms are upstairs. Let’s go up and check them out first. You may explore the upstairs and then come back downstairs and help unpack.”