Sunday, January 6, 2013
Sunday Six Pack
This was my original draft of the first Six Pack book. It contains a lot of description of the group and their town, Radburn. I hope you enjoy learning more about the Six Pack, and I hope you've been enjoying their adventures.
Meet the Six Pack
by Andrea Buginsky
Radburn is a small neighborhood of family homes that surrounds a large park with trees, picnic tables and playgrounds for the children.
In this neighborhood live six special children that have been friends their whole lives. They call themselves the “Six Pack.”
There’s Andi, a shy brown-eyed, brown-haired girl who was born with a heart problem. This prevented her from participating in many of the normal activities children do every day: running, playing, going to school, playing in the snow. Andi needs her five special friends to draw her out of her shell and help her have fun.
Andi’s best friend Susy is a blue-eyed, blond-haired girl who is always smiling and having fun. Her favorite thing to do is play with her friends. With her sparkling personality, Susy can easily bring Andi out of her shell and help her have lots of fun without becoming too tired doing so.
Susy has a crush on Scot, a brown-eyed, blond-haired boy who loves to run around with his friends and climb trees all day. Although he won’t admit it, being just 10 years old, he has a crush on Susy too. The two of them tease each other all the time, but the friendly kind of teasing that you don’t mind and have fun doing. They are always there for each other when they need a friend to talk to.
Scott’s twin brother, Johnny, also has brown eyes and blond hair. He’s a little quieter than Scott, but he can run around and play just as much. Johnny also prefers quiet time to read, an activity shared by all of his friends.
Johnny likes Kathy, a brown-haired, blue-eyed girl who is a bit shyer than her cousin Susy, but not as quiet as her good friend Andi. She is the perfect blend of both of them. Kathy loves to hang out with her friends all day, playing, doing homework together, reading and riding her bike.
Matt is a brown-haired, blue-eye boy who always wears a big smile and has a way of comforting his friends that makes them all love him. He is considered the teddy bear of the group. Andi has a crush on him, and she holds a special place in his heart. He protects her like a big brother would. Matt, too, likes to play outside with his friends, read, and watch movies, a favorite activity of the entire Six Pack.
The Six Pack does have other friends they play with at school and at the park. They get along with almost all of their classmates, except one: Dorothy Minder. For as long as they can remember, Dorothy Minder has tormented them. She likes to pick on them and make fun of them. Most of the time, they just ignore her. But when she gets really annoying, they have a special way of dealing with her: they pour her down the drain. They know it doesn’t hurt her and that she’ll come back, but she does leave them alone for a while after they do it.
Most days you’ll find the Six Pack watching movies at one of their houses, on the playground at the park, riding their bikes, doing their homework together or playing games. Their chosen activity depends on the weather and how Andi is feeling that day. They are all wonderful about making sure she is comfortable with whatever they choose to do. The other five know she has to be careful and can’t overdo it. But she always has fun no matter what they choose to do. They all do.
A typical day for the Six Pack will begin with them meeting at the bus stop. They all sit together and walk to their classes together. They eat lunch together and ride the bus home. Then they decide whose house to go to for a snack and to do their homework. After they finish their homework, they ride their bikes to the park and play. If it’s raining or Andi isn’t feeling well, they pick out some movies to watch and play games. They all go home for dinner and meet up again at the bus stop the next morning.
On the weekends, they like to play at the park. They will often bring lunch with them and have a picnic. They also play games and watch movies. Their favorite movies to watch are “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter” and “Disney.” Their favorite games to play are “Monopoly,” “Disney Trivia,” and the games they each have to play on Matt’s “X-Box.”
Every so often, their parents, whichever ones own the house they are playing at, will tell the Six Pack it’s time to turn the TV off and open a book. They share their books, each taking a turn reading the same one. Their favorites are “Harry Potter,” “Encyclopedia Brown” and “Magic Tree House.”
On Saturdays, Susy’s mom takes the Six Pack to the library and they pick out the books they want to read and the movies they want to watch. Since they can keep anything they check out for six weeks and renew them for another six weeks, it gives them each a chance to read the books and watch the movies they choose. The only books they don’t check out are the “Harry Potter” books. Their parents buy them those.
On Sundays, their parents join them in the park, and then they all go to a movie and out to dinner. Sunday is their favorite day. In the winter, they will go to a movie first, then play games indoors and then go out to dinner. Their parents make up one team and they make up the other when they play. The Six Pack loves it when they beat their parents.
In the summer, they all go camping, a favorite activity for the Six Pack and their parents. They pick a weekend when it’s not too hot, drive to the campsite, pitch their tents and set up the fire pit. They cook all their food over the fire, sleep in their sleeping bags, swim in the lake and go on hikes. They look forward to their camping trip all year.
During the holidays, the Six Pack gets to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Matt and Andi celebrate Hanukkah and the others join them in lighting the candles and eating the special dinner Andi’s dad cooks. Andi and Matt join the others for Christmas. They go to Midnight Mass with them, visit Santa at the mall, and eat ham and turkey. They came up with a special word for celebrating both holidays: Hanumas.
Birthdays are also a special time for the Six Pack. They all get together with their other friends from school and have a big party. There are always balloons and streamers, barbecues, games and, of course, a cake and presents. Andi’s birthday is March 10, Susy’s is May 10, Scott and Johnny’s is January 30, Kathy’s is April 27 and Matt’s is December 5. They celebrate Andi’s, Susy’s, and Kathy’s birthdays at the park. They celebrate Scott’s, Johnny’s and Matt’s at their houses.
The Six Pack loves the time they spend together. They enjoy being together for school, play, celebrating special occasions, and just being there for each other. They look forward to many more years of friendship.