“What is going on?” asked Poor Mountain Sister, seeing Poor Mountain Mother packing up a lunch.
“Poor Mountain Father and I decided that we are taking you and Poor Mountain Brother to the lake today. It is a beautiful fall day and with our busy schedules, we aren’t going to have too many nice days left before winter.”
“Oh,” said Poor Mountain Sister. “That sounds like a lot of fun.”
“It does,” said Poor Mountain Brother, who had just walked into the kitchen and overheard the conversation between his mother and his sister. “However, Poor Mountain Sister and I have our school projects to work on.”
Poor Mountain Mother was disappointed.
“What school projects are they?” asked Poor Mountain Father, who was just finishing his cup of coffee.
“Mine is a nature project for science,” said Poor Mountain Sister.
“I have to write an essay on the environment,” said Poor Mountain Brother.
“I don’t see why you both can’t work on your projects by the lake,” said Poor Mountain Father.
“What a wonderful idea!” exclaimed Poor Mountain Mother. “Your father and I can help you.”
“Okay,” said Poor Mountain Sister. “That will work.”
“Yes,” said Poor Mountain Brother. “That is a good idea.”
“So,” said Poor Mountain Mother. “Let’s go to the lake.”
The Poor Mountain Family drove to the lake. The mountain air was so fresh and the lake was crystal clear. Poor Mountain Father saw an old computer monitor tossed down the side of an embankment.
“It really makes you wonder about people,” said Poor Mountain Father.
“Why would someone go to the bother of bringing something like that all the way up here?” asked Poor Mountain Brother.
“That I don’t know,” said Poor Mountain Father.
“I am going to do my essay on litter and the effects it has on the environment,” said Poor Mountain Brother.
“Great idea,” said Poor Mountain Father.
While Poor Mountain Brother jotted down ideas for his speech, Poor Mountain Mother helped Poor Mountain Sister take pictures of the different plants, animals and insects that inhabited the mountain for her school project on nature.
The two Poor Mountain children enjoyed their day at the lake. Poor Mountain Father and Poor Mountain Mother both enjoyed the time they spent with their children. The two children both did an exceptional job on their projects. They both got an A+.
“We are very proud of you,” said Poor Mountain Father and Poor Mountain Mother.
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