Instead of my usual wandering thoughts, here is something from when your dad and his brothers were small. Usually, your grandmother or I would read a story to them before bed, but once in a while I would make up a story for them. I don't suppose that most of them were very good, but the boys seemed to enjoy them, and I enjoyed making them up. This was probably the first one I did, and about the only one I really remember. Perhaps your dad will read it to you while you are still small and maybe when you are older it will give you a glimpse of your grandpa B.
The Little Doughnut
There were all kinds: cinnamon rolls and glazed doughnuts, cream filled and jelly filled bismarks, plain doughnuts and powdered sugar doughnuts and many others.
One morning, as he set out the last tray of powdered sugar doughnuts, all white and fluffy like they were covered with snow, he saw that one was much smaller than the rest. “Oh dear,” he said. “I can never sell that one; it’s much too small and it just wouldn’t be fair.” He thought for a moment about eating it himself, but after making doughnuts since three o’clock in the morning, eating one just didn’t sound good at all. “I guess I’ll just toss you out into the street,” he said to the little doughnut, “then some stray dog can have himself a breakfast.” And that’s just what he did.
The little white doughnut landed on the sidewalk and rolled a few feet before he stopped. “I wouldn’t have minded being part of someone’s good breakfast,” the doughnut thought to himself. “After all, that’s what I was made for, but I sure don’t want to be eaten up by a stray dog!” But just as he was thinking this, a snarly, gruff sounding, hungry looking stray dog came wandering up the street toward him. Having decided not to be a dog’s breakfast, the little doughnut flipped himself up onto his side and looked around for a place to hide. Spying a nearby storm drain, he rolled to it as fast as he could and jumped in.
Out of one scrape and into another! The little doughnut found himself swirling along in a stream of rainwater and soon felt the last of his nice powdered sugar coating melting away. “Oh no!” he thought, feeling himself start to swell up and soften up with the rainwater. “Now I’m starting to melt. Soon there won’t be anything left of me. I might as well have let that dog get me!” But he wasn’t about to just give up. He spun himself about and hopped up onto a ledge running along the inside of the pipe and soon felt the water begin to drain away. He rolled along the ledge, rather squishily, until he came to the end of the drain and out into the sunshine once again.
After a few minutes, the warm sun began to bake away all the water he had soaked up. Soon he had shrunk back to his usual rather small size and wasn’t squishy anymore. In fact, he was rather hard now, and he certainly wasn’t fluffy white like snow anymore. What with swimming in the drain and then rolling along the ground, he was now coated with hard black dirt. Seeing his new, very unappetizing look, he said to himself, “Well, I’m certainly safe from stray dogs, but what shall I do with myself? If I’m not going to be a breakfast what will I be?” Not knowing the answer to his questions, he decided to just keep rolling along and see what he could see.
As he had been rolling along, drying himself in the sun and seeing the sights, he had rolled into a rather shabby neighborhood with not so nice houses and untended yards. In one of these yards was a little boy trying to play with an old toy truck. Trying, but not having much luck because the truck had only three of its four wheels. The corner with the missing wheel kept digging in to the dirt and made the toy truck very hard to push. The little doughnut noticed that the wheels still on the truck were just about his size. He also saw that after his adventures in the drain and the dirt he was exactly as black as a tire. This gave him an idea. He rolled into the yard and flopped over onto his side right next to the toy truck. Sure enough, the little boy picked him up and placed him on the truck where the missing tire had been.
“This is where I was meant to be!” he thought joyfully as the little boy started pushing his toy around the yard. “I was meant to make someone happy and now I’ve done it!”