Heidi Heckelbeck Has a New Best Friend
“Ha-a-a hu-u-um,” Heidi yawned.
She rubbed her eyes and padded across the kitchen in her bunny slippers and pink polka-dot pajamas. It was a quiet and peaceful morning. Heidi loved to have breakfast in her pj’s every Sunday.
But she didn’t love it when Henry acted like an unexpected alarm clock.
“GUESS WHAT!” Henry yelled as he walked through the back door.
Heidi was so surprised, she spilled her milk.
Henry didn’t even make fun of her, so the whole family knew he must have big news. “We have NEW NEIGHBORS!”
Heidi wiped up the mess. “We do?”
Henry put his hands on his hips proudly. “Yep. There’s a moving truck and everything. RIGHT. NEXT. DOOR.”
bunny slippers hopped across the floor as she ran to the window to see.
“You’re right!” she cried.
“TOLD YOU!” Henry said. “I’ve been spying on them ever since I got up.”
Mom set her teacup on her saucer. “HENRY!” she scolded. “It’s not polite to spy.”
Henry shrugged. “But, Mom, how else am I going to find out important stuff, like that they have a GIANT trampoline?”
Mom frowned. “Nobody likes a snoop, young man.”
Heidi whirled around. “I DO!” she announced. “Especially if there are trampolines involved. Hey, snoop! Do they have any KIDS?”
Henry nodded. “A GIRL,” he said as he made a gross face. “And she looks like she’s your age. I heard her mom call her Bryce.”
Heidi clapped her hands. “Yay!” she cried. “I wonder if we’ll be friends!”
Heidi always dreamed of having a friend next door. Then she had an idea. “Mom, can we bake chocolate chip cookies for our new neighbors?” she asked excitedly.
think that sounds sweet, Heidi,” her mom said with a smile. “But listen up, Henry. It’s time to stop your spy-guy game. You’re going to be on cookie patrol with your sister.”
Henry and Heidi stood up straight and gave Mom a salute. Operation: Welcome to the Neighborhood was a go.