SLOW-POKE’S FIRST CAMPING TRIP
written by Debbie Williamson
“Slow-Poke,” said Mother, one warm summer day. “How would you like to go camping?”
“Camping!” exclaimed Slow-Poke, excitedly. “I would love to. I have never been camping.”
“I know,” said Mother. “That is why I would like to take you.”
Slow-Poke was so excited about going camping. He couldn’t keep it to himself. He told everyone that he came across about it.
“Camping?” asked Freddy Goose, Slow-Poke’s best friend.
“Yes,” said Slow-Poke. “Mother is going to take me camping.”
“I guess you didn’t hear about the coyote attack,” said Freddy Goose.
“Coyote attack!” exclaimed Slow-Poke, eyes as big as saucers.
“Yes,” said Freddy. “There was a bunch of animals that went camping last weekend and a coyote came into their tent while they were sleeping.”
“Did anyone get hurt?” asked Slow-Poke.
“No,” said Freddy. “Nobody got hurt.”
“Good,” said Slow-Poke.
Slow-Poke went home that afternoon and he was all gloomy looking. He didn’t know how to tell his mother that he didn’t want to go camping any longer.
“But,” said Mother, when Slow-Poke told her that he was too busy with his chores to go camping. “You can do your chores when you get back.”
“Well,” said Slow-Poke. “I don’t know about camping. I am afraid I will be too slow and you will have to wait for me.”
“Slow-Poke,” said Mother. “Spit it out. Why don’t you want to go camping?”
“Okay,” said Slow-Poke. “The reason I don’t want to go camping is because Freddy Goose said a group of coyotes went into a tent where some animals had been camping.”
“Ah,” said Mother. “I just finished reading an article in the paper about that group of coyotes and the main reason the coyotes went inside the tent is because the animals that had gone camping had left food out.”
“Oh,” said Slow-Poke.
“Yes,” said Mother. “Now, you are going camping with me and I promise you there will be no coyotes in our tent. I will not be leaving any food sitting outside.”
“Okay,” said Slow-Poke, a bit more assured about the camping trip.
Slow-Poke and his Mother had a really good time camping that weekend. It was the perfect weather to go camping in, too. The sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. There were also no coyotes in sight as well.