I think there are five of them not counting their mother. It’s hard to tell as there is a constant coming and going and no doubt some are visitors.
The youngest is a baby and the oldest appears to be about eight. Mother, who has a flair for elegance, dresses them in long, colourful dresses and elegant wide brimmed hats.
From a distance they could be mistaken for a bunch of lively Old Mother Hubbards.
It’s gratifying to watch them playing together, sharing and co-operating so well. Though they have all sorts of amusements in their back yard, for a change of pace they often spill out into the street where they cycle, play hop scotch, and zip up and down on their scooter.
They’re careful to stay off the road and look up and down the street before crossing and are very considerate toward their neighbours.
One of the youngest, about five or six, is full of energy and enthusiasm and continually in motion. She runs alongside her bigger sisters on bikes and scooters. When it’s her turn to use the scooter they stop and put on a protective helmet which is much too large and falls forward over her face.
When she tries the scooter she’s too small and can’t reach up to the handle bars.
No matter, off she goes running alongside of her older sisters.
This spring ,while she was raking leaves with a rake twice as long as she is, I watched from inside my house as she and her sisters raked up a huge pile of leaves.
Though I couldn’t hear from inside I know she joyously shouted, "Whee!" as she threw the rake in the air and tumbled backward into the pile of leaves.
When I see them in their fine ,ladylike attire I know it would be entirely appropriate to invite them over for an outdoor tea party which I hope to do soon.
At this type of function it’s customary to serve tea in fine china cups and salmon sandwiches.
However at this tea party we’ll have hot dogs, ice cream, and lemonade.
Ron Buffie is a community correspondent for Transcona.