Magic Gum Ball Machine
Amanda and her Mother were talking and Amanda's
Mother was telling her a story about the Magic Gum Ball machine. She
was telling her about an old candy store that was in town. Amanda's mother
told her how every day after school, she would go inside of the store and there
it was all shiny and new and always full of gum. Mr. Jaber always let
us kids get all we wanted if we didn't have pennies he would give them to us.
But you see the store got very old and they boarded it up and we couldn't go
there any more.
But the story goes on that the Magic Gun Ball
machine is still inside the old building. Amanda looked at her Mom but her head
was thinking...'I wonder if I could find the Magic Gumball Machine'? It's
dark and chilly outside but Amanda doesn't care, she loves chilly weather and
sweaters and boots. She calls Connie on the phone and tells her the story.
Connie is all excited about it but she said, the building is big and dark, so
she is a little nervous about checking it out. These girls love adventure
so they set out to find the Magic Gumball machine.
As they get to the old building there is an
opening on the side and they sneak through. "Gee, it sure is dark"
said Amanda. "Yes, it is" said Connie with her shaky little
voice, we should have brought Crissy with us, she's not afraid of anything.
Then the girls started talking about Crissy, remember when she hid under the bed
the night of the P.J. party and came out and scared us all and then the time she
dressed in her Mom's clothes and tried to convince us she had grown up
overnight, and they both laughed. I don't think she would like the Gumball
machine though, she put those four pieces of gum in her mouth and almost choked.
I don't think she would really like any gum, and they laughed again.
As they walked through the old building there was
a set of steps and they were very old, so they walked up them very carefully.
creak..creak. the noise was scary. As they got to the top they opened a
big door and when they did a light came through the boards on the windows, they
saw a shadow and they screamed and then Amanda realized it was hers. Connie put
her hand on her heart, "Oh my goodness" she said, "that
scared me to death". "No, it didn't" said Amanda, "don't say
that, it didn't scare you to death"..and they both giggled.
Off to the side was an opening way back in the
corner and there was a box. Connie said , I bet that's it. She took
off running and about that time a bird flew out of the corner and she fell
backwards on Amanda. Amanda screamed, "get off of me Connie"
"Oh my goodness" Connie said, that scared me to death.."stop
that" said Amanda.."don't say that" and they giggled again.
They got up and dusted themselves off and walked toward the box.
Amanda said, "why would the old man hide it
up here'? Connie said "maybe it really is magic and he was hiding his
treasure, maybe he is up here and the gumballs were magic and made you live
forever". Amanda looked at Connie, "are you nuts or
something"? There were cobwebs everywhere and Amanda got an old
broom and dusted the box off and then they were ready to open it. Then
Connie started to say it again, I'm scared... "No" said Amanda
"don't do it, don't say it. We are fine its just an old box".
As they opened the box inside was a note. to who ever finds this box you have a
clue as to where the Magic Gumball machine is. The note read like this.
The imagination of a child always brought to me a smile, so in front of me was
magic and delight. For this treasure made their day so bright.
Connie said I am not good at this but think, the
gum is delightful and the light must be somewhere, where the light shines.
Amanda said look around where is there a light shinning and then they saw it.
As they looked around the darkened room the boards on the window were open just
enough to make a light and it shined through a crack in the floor,
"hurry" said Amanda," we have to go back down stairs".
About that time lightening lit up the whole room
and they both screamed and grabbed each other and stood there. Then they
remembered and looked around the room. They hurried as fast as they could
and there the light was, it was shinning on the old counter. They walked
slowly towards the counter and followed the light. Connie said, let me
look under the counter, so she walked over to it and peeked behind it and there
it was, still all shiny and bright and yes still full of gumballs.
There is something about gumballs,
they never get old. Have you ever seen a Gumball machine? Well just
look in Amanda's Photo album page 5 and
you will see the Magic Gumball Machine. Amanda took the Gumball machine home and
decided to give it to her Mom as a present. I think this was wonderful of
Amanda to know how much this meant to her Mother and how happy her Mother would
be to receive such a wonderful gift.
© Harriett Dash 2001 Home