The Newtons have a big yard, and the kids ran from one end to the other with Elvira.
When it was Johnny’s turn, Mathew grabbed a plastic tablecloth from the Newtons’ picnic table. He held it up and yelled, “Toro! Toro!”
I guess horned animals must share the same instincts, because Elvira charged like a bull. Laughing hysterically, Mathew pulled the tablecloth away. Of course, all the children wanted to try it. But when Claire tried, she couldn’t pull the tablecloth away in time. Elvira went storming into it, pulling Claire along with her. Kid and kid went tumbling in a sea of red and white plastic.
Soon the others jumped in. As they rolled around, shrieking and laughing, Elvira calmly walked out. She stood there with that little goat-smile and bleated.
We cracked up. It looked as if she were making fun of the kids.
After awhile Claire pulled a jump rope out of her pocket. “Can Elvira skip rope?” she asked Dawn.
Nicky slapped his head. “Not while she has a leash on, bubble-brain!”
“I’m not a bubble-brain, you silly-billy-goo-goo!” Claire retorted.
They went off to settle their argument, Elvira scampering after them.
NICKY AND CLAIRE. ♥ For some reason the image of them walking off, bickering and followed by a random goat, kills me.