Sunday, July 23, 2017

Last Morning in West Virginia/Heading for Home

Hello future readers,

Well this is it. I'm flying back to Springfield today. While I'm really happy I'm gonna get to see my mom, Boomer and all my friends again, I'm always sad to leave Vivienne, her parents, and the friends I have here in Falling Waters. I always have such a good time here. I'm not sure when Vivienne will come to see me, but I think it will be soon. The first thing I do when I get out of bed is pack up my duffel bag.

Then I got dressed and went downstairs to breakfast. Vivienne's already in the kitchen helping her mom. I think it makes her too sad to watch me pack. Vivienne sets the table in the breakfast nook and Mrs. Walton brings us bacon and eggs. Man does it smell good!

We were almost finished eating when the doorbell rang. Vivienne's mom answered it, and it was Kevin and C.J., and their dog, Barkley.

"Hi guys", said Vivienne.
"Hey guys, what's up?", I asked/
"Hi Vivienne, hi Julie", Kevin began. "We just wanted to come over and said good-bye."
"And have a good trip back to Springfield", C.J. added. "Barkley will miss you too.
"Aww, that's was nice of you guys", I told them, as I pet Barkley.

"Julie, I have a going away present for you", C.J. told me.

"You do? What is it, C.J.?"

He pulled a red ribber snake from behind his back. For a second, I was kinda shocked, so I jumped back a little. Kevin was doubled over from laughing so hard and C.J. snickered..

 I got so mad, that I snatched the snake from C.J. and started chasing him around the room!

I chased him around the room one time, and then he ran and hid behind Kevin. The big chicken!

"Don't let her get me, Kevin", C.J. begged
"That's not gonna save you!", I yelled.  "I oughta pound the both of you right here and now! I thought you pinkie promised no more stupid jokes, Kevin!"

"It wasn't me! C.J. brought the snake. But you should have seen the look on your face!" He started laughing again.
"I'm sorry Julie", C.J. said quietly. "Kevin's always talking about the jokes he plays on you, and how funny it is, and well, I just thought this would be a great way to say good-bye. Like something you'd remember, y'know?  I didn't think you'd get so mad. Don't beat me up, please?"
"Well", I said slowly. "I guess this will be something I'll remember. OK C.J. I forgive you. But now you have to pinkie promise that you won't play any more dumb jokes on me, either, OK?"
C.J. held out his pinkie and we linked. "OK, I promise", he said.
Just then, the doorbell rang again, and Vivienne went to go answer it. This time it was Evelyn, Marcie, Lydia and Mika.

"Hi Julie", they all said.
"Hi everyone."
"We know we didn't get to spend much time with you, but we wanted to stop by and wish you a Bon Voyage'."
"That's for ocean trips, silly", Marcie told her.
"Oh that doesn't matter", Lydia cut in. "We just wanted you to know that we'll miss you."
"And we hope you'll come back soon", Mika said.
"Thanks you guys. I'm sure my mom and Mrs. Walton will let me come back soon. And then we can spend lotsa time together."
Mr. Walton brought my duffel bag down from Vivienne's room.
"OK Julie, it's time to leave now."
"Good-bye everyone! I'll miss you all!"
They all gathered around me and took turns hugging me. The guys gave me playful punches on the arm. "Good-bye Julie! Come back soon! We'll miss you too", they all took turns saying.

         (Shhhhhhh, future readers, don't tell Julie I slipped this stuff in her bag! ~C.J.)

"I'll walk you out to the car", Vivienne said sadly.

"Come on, Vivienne, don't be sad. You remember the Magic 8 Ball said you'd be coming out to California to see me?", I reminded her.
"You were the one that said it was only a toy", she remembered.
"Yeah, but you know it's true, 'cos we're Friends Forever, right?"

We clicked our friendship bracelets together. "Forever and ever", Vivienne said. She gave me a big hug. "Have a safe trip, Julie. Write to me soon."
"You know it!", I told her. "So long, Vivienne, catch ya on the flipside."
"Bye Julie".

I got in the car and we drove away. I could see her waving until we turned the corner. It's been a really groovy trip, future readers. My next entry will be from good ole' Springfield!

Until then,
Your friend,
Julie Newman


  1. Julie, I've enjoyed reading about your very busy month. The dresses with the Rick-rack trim are so pretty. You travel in style with that lovely duffle bag!

  2. Hi Julie,
    Looks like the gang gave you are proper WV send-off. As the chorus says in our official state song, "West Virginia Hills". ...If o'er sea or land I roam, still I'll think of happy home, and the friends among the West Virginia Hills."
    Your future friend,

    1. I had all kinds of fun in WV, but it's good to be home. The time change always gets to me, and I'm up too early, and sleepy too early for a couple of days after I come home.

  3. It looks like you had a really great adventure, Julie. I would love to go visit some of my friends, but most of them are gone this summer.

    In the future, we have ways to communicate with our friends through things called computers. We can send them messages that they see right away, and even send video messages. But I think I like writing letters better.

    When does school start back for you? Because we're homeschooled, we usually start back in August, but we finish in May, so it works out.


    1. I had a really super time. I don't understand the whole computers thing, but I guess I will when I'm a grown-up. I always go back to school in September.

  4. Looks like you had a fantastic trip! I hope Vivienne gets to come visit you soon. It's hard when good friends live so far away, isn't it?

    1. Hi Flo,

      It was really far out, but saying good-bye is always so hard! I think Vivienne will come to visit me soon. It would be neat if she came during school, since I got to go to her school.

  5. Saying goodbye to far away friends is never easy, but you had so many fun adventures! Thanks for sharing Julie.

    1. I hated saying good-bye, but I have a really groovy time. I can't wait until Vivienne comes and visits me!

  6. What a great send off! I'm glad you chased CJ around. That was funny. Pranks aren't really funny at all; I'm glad none of my sisters like to pull pranks. I bet you get lots of real mail from your friends on this side of the country; that's really cool!