My 100th Blog Post!!!!

Guess what today is?  You guessed it!  It’s my 100th blog post!!!!  I am so excited.  I can’t believe I’ve written 100 entries.  That’s a lot of writing!  I had wanted to write a blog forever, like for six months or something like that.  I don’t keep a diary, but I really like to write.  And I have a lot of things to say, but not a lot of people to say them to.  So, I begged my parents to let me have my own blog.  It took them a while, but they finally said yes.  The title of my blog is “What Ainsley Likes” because my name is Ainsley and I write mostly about things I like.  My mom said that she named me after a character on a TV show that she used to watch called The West Wing.  Ainsley is an English name and it means “my own meadow.”  She said that she’d never heard the name before and thought it was really pretty.  It also reminded her of my sister’s name.  My sister’s name is Ashley.  It’s also English and it means “from the ash tree meadow.”  So, our names are very similar.

My favorite things are fashion, dance, books, and arts and crafts, especially origami.  These are all things I’ve been writing about in my 99 other blog posts.  But, I don’t just write about things I like.  I also write about what I am thinking – about other people, about school, about things going on in the world.  So, I guess in that way, my blog is kind of like my diary and I really wanted to share it with other tween girls like me, who probably wonder about some of the same things that I do.  I started middle school this year.  It takes some getting used to and I am still working on it, so I’ve written a lot about that in my blog.  I play the clarinet in the band, which also started this year and is taking me a while to get used to as well.  When I grow up, I would like to be a writer like John Green and a ballet dancer like Misty Copeland.  There’s no reason why I can’t do both.  I love to read.  My favorite book is The Fault in Our Stars.  I read the book and saw the movie.  I dance at my city’s ballet studio and this year for the first time I auditioned for The Nutcracker and I got a small part in it.  I am really excited about that.

I love, love, love to dress up and wear cute clothes!  My favorite things are dresses and leggings.  I love shoes too – flats, boots, and Converse Chuck Taylors!  I also have a thing for tutus, of course.  I am a dancer and I am going to be a ballerina!  I am very close to both of my parents and my grandma.  My sister graduated from college last year and she moved into her own apartment, but she came with us to Disney World this summer and she takes me places and buys me things.  My brother, Jacob, is in high school and he is a really, really, really good saxophone player!  He’s really, really, really annoying too!  Ha. Ha.  I have a dog named Ziggy.  He’s a shih tzu and he’s a Mr. Prissy Pants, without the pants, of course.

I also like to write about people, the kids that I go to school with and the ones that I dance with – mostly other girls.  I talk a lot about how they treat each other and how I’ve been treated.  I wonder a lot about what makes people so mean to each other.  I have a blog post about “mean girls.”  I want other tween girls to know that if they go to school with girls who are mean to them or they are around you on a sports team or in some other activity that you do, it’s okay to call them out on their behavior.  It’s okay to let people know if you don’t like how they are treating you.  Don’t feel like you have to put up with it because they won’t be your friend.  If they were really your friend they wouldn’t treat you like that in the first place!

I’ve had my share of mean girls to deal with, but I’ve also had a lot of good friends over the years – in school and at dance.  I’ve never had one or two really, really good friends though.  I’ve spent a lot of my time out of school in dance and I hardly ever have any free time to hang out.  I think that’s one of the reasons why I have never been super close with anybody, like a true best friend.  Sometimes it makes me sad, but then I think about what I am doing and why.  A lot of my friends wonder why I dance so much.  I do it because I love it, and I’ve set a goal for myself.  It’s a goal that I won’t achieve unless I put in the work to make it happen.  I feel lucky that my parents support me because it takes up a lot of time and costs a lot of money to be involved in dance the way that I am.

Finally, I talk about myself – what I like about myself and what I don’t.  I think that’s another topic that tween girls can relate to, or teenage girls, or grown women for that matter.  There’s always somebody on TV or in a magazine talking about body image.  It’s one of the things that make girls bully other girls.  It’s one of the things that boys use against you to tease you about.  And apparently it makes girls and women do crazy things like starve themselves and become anorexic or get a lot of plastic surgery.  And in my “culture,” if culture is even the right word to use, how we look seems to be something that we are always dealing with.  Like, what I mean is that I am African-American or black and there is a long history of racism and discrimination against black people in America.  And in America, for years and years people didn’t really look at black girls and women as pretty.  I think that’s changed a lot from how it used to be because we have Michelle Obama and Beyonce and Gabby Douglas and a lot of other successful black women to look up to who are very pretty.  But, even Gabby Douglas got teased about her hair and she won the Olympics!  Hello?

The state I live in is like less than 10% black, even though the city I live in is around 15%.  I guess there is diversity here, but it depends on where you live and the things that you do.  I go to school with quite a few other black kids because the area that we live in has changed since I was really little.  There are way more on this side of town than there used to be when I was in kindergarten.  But places like in dance, there are only a few, and it gets down to one or two the older you get, so I am often the only one.  Sometimes, I feel different.  My skin is not really brown, it’s like yellowish-tan and people ask me all the time if I’m mixed.  My hair is different too because it is pretty long and thick.  I talk A LOT about my hair on my blog.  Most of my friends are white and they ask a lot questions about it.  Last year my dance company did a competition dance based on Peter Pan and The Lost Boys.  I was cast as a Lost Boy so I basically played a Native American/ Indian.  We had to wear our hair in two French braids and our dance teachers braided our hair.  Now, I have just as much hair as the white girls in the group.  Actually, I have more than almost all of them.  But, when one of my dance teachers braided my hair, she said that it was “greasy and gross.”  It’s like I wanted to say, “Honey, I’m black!  Black people have dry hair, so we put oil on it!”  She was rude and she singled me out to be mean to.  And I was the only black girl in the Company so I guess she wasn’t used to dealing with black people’s hair, but if that’s the way she thought of me, then do they expect other black girl’s to come to their studio to dance?  Then this year, the same dance teacher and another girl at the studio were “black-itizing” people’s names.  I was sitting right there during a break and they were taking people’s names and changing them to make them “sound black.”  My name is Ainsley and it’s English.  It’s not “black!”  Why would they do that right in front of me?  They just kept beating me over the head with the fact that I am different than them.  My mom talked to the studio owner both times, but she just kept saying that the teacher was sorry and didn’t mean anything by it, but she never actually apologized to my face.  And she’s still at that studio and I bet she’s still doing the same things.  I left that studio this year, not just because of this, but it sure didn’t make me want to stay.

And on the same subject, a lot of the black kids at school also make me feel different, especially the girls.  Here we go with the girls again!!  They say I talk too proper.  They say I dress prissy.  They say I am always trying to be the teacher’s pet.  They say I hang around the white girls too much.  They say I’m not black, that I think I’m white.  Well, since my mom is black and my dad is black, I am pretty sure that makes me black!!  I make good grades and I am smart.  I like the way I dress.  I don’t get in trouble at school and I might be prissy, but hey, so what!  I think I am a nice person and I try to be nice to everybody.  My mom told me that she was treated the exact same way when she was younger.  She said that it lasted all the way through college, but got better the older she got.  She is teaching me to be strong and to stand up for myself.  She is teaching me to be myself, no matter what other people think or say.  She is teaching me not to let other people make me doubt myself.  She says, “Shake those haters off!  They don’t like you because they don’t like themselves!”  As girls, we let body image, skin color, type of hair, the clothes we wear and all kinds of other things make us doubt ourselves and then we turn on each other and try to make other people feel as bad about themselves as we feel about ourselves.  That makes me sad too and so I write about it.

I hope everybody who reads my blog likes it.  I hope that you keep reading it and follow me and tell other people about it.  I hope that if you know any tween girls you will tell them about my blog.  Maybe they will read it and find a cute outfit that they like or a book that they haven’t read or a blog post about how to deal with mean girls and rude people.  Maybe they will read a post about how to be confident and how to love themselves and maybe it will inspire them and make them feel better about who they are.  Thank you for celebrating my 100th blog post with me.  In the coming months, I plan to write 100 more!  Keep reading and sharing.

Love, Ainsley

Goodnight Moon

I think I’m getting over my salty mood, at least a little bit.  I’m trying to be brave and face this whole middle school thing.  Last night I stayed up late and this morning I woke up early.  My dad was helping me get ready for today’s Honors Math test.  It’s actually Pre-Algebra and it’s already getting hard.  Sigh……  I’m not the biggest fan of math in the first place.  I also had an English test and a Science test today!  I know……….right?  I’m tired and on top of that I’m catching a cold.  I went to dance tonight, stopped at a deli and got some chicken noodle soup and a sandwich for dinner, and I got in bed.  My mom gave me some cold medicine and made me some green tea with honey.  I decided to write a blog post before I fall asleep.

I was downloading some pictures off of the camera and I found the pictures that we took of the Super Moon back in August.  It looked awesome, so I decided to share it with you.  But, before I do, I am going to say good night because I am sleepy and I am going to go to bed.  When I was little, Goodnight Moon was one of my favorite books.  My grandma would read it to me every day and my mom or my dad would read it to me at night before I went to bed.  It was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.

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Good night moon.  Good night everybody.

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More Judy Blume – Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself and It’s Not the End of the World Book Summaries

Starring Sally J. Freedman As HerselfBook Title:  Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Sally Jane Freedman lives in New Jersey with her mother, father who she nicknamed Doey-Bird because he is constantly whistling, her thirteen year old brother Douglas, and her grandmother Ma-Fanny in 1947.  The war is finally over!  Not long after, Douglas tries to leap over a brook in Union Woods.  Sally knew not to go into Union Woods due to the strange man that hung out there.  She knew that Douglas still went because he was older.  He ended up dislocating his elbow.  When he came home from the hospital he was still soaking wet which made their mother furious.  When Sally doesn’t like to think about certain things she makes up stories in her head.  So while all the commotion was happening she shut everyone out and made a story inside her head.  Douglas ended up getting nephritis which is a kidney infection.  Sally’s parents think that it would be a good idea to move to Florida for the winter once Douglas gets better.  Sally doesn’t want to go but her mother said it would be good for Douglas.  They would all go by train.  When Sally learns that Doey-Bird can’t go just because he had to stay and work she was very disappointed.  Her father was a dentist.  She didn’t get why they had to leave him all the way in New Jersey just because of that.  It just wasn’t fair.  Leaving was the hardest part.

The train ride was okay.  Sally met an African-American family which consisted of two little boys, a baby girl, and a mother.  Sally thought they were nice.  She even got to hold the baby.  The next morning when Sally came back to the same spot the family was sitting in they were gone!  They didn’t even say goodbye.  Sally’s mother explained that they had to go to the African-American train car.  Sally was confused.  Her mother didn’t even care.  Once they got to Florida Sally was very tired.  Their family’s apartment was very small and she had to share a bed with Douglas.  Sally starts school and she is very nervous.  The nurse has to check her for lice and as it turns out…she has nits.  She has to wait a couple of days before going back to school and starting fifth grade.  In school Sally meets Barbara – a girl in her class, and Shelby – a girl who is in a different class.  She also meets Andrea who is a sixth grader.  The boy named Peter who sits behind her in class dipped her braids in ink.  Sally told Andrea about him and she claimed he was a “Latin Lover,” whatever that meant.  When a girl named Jackie moves in and Peter starts liking her instead of Sally, Sally gets jealous and starts to like Peter.  Sally even started taking dance class and enters a contest.  She is very disappointed when she doesn’t win.  Sally meets a man named Mr. Zavodsky who lives in her building.  He always offers her candy.  Sally refuses the candy and Andrea accepts it, which upsets Sally.  Sally thinks the candy is poison.  Sally is Jewish and thinks Mr. Zavodsky looks just like Adolf Hitler and she starts to believe that he is actually Hitler, in disguise.  Sally writes letters to Mr. Zavodsky and never sends them.  She spies on him, by listening to his phone conversations on a party line.  In the end, Mr. Zavodsky dies of a heart attack.  Sally also finds out that her father, who just turned 42, was the same age as his two brothers had been when they died.  Sally becomes worried that her father may die.  Her father comes to visit all the time and tells Sally that he won’t die.  At the end of the book, she kisses Peter at their teacher’s wedding.  It’s been a heck of a year for Sally!

Book Title:  It’s Not the End of the World
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

For Karen Newman life couldn’t be any worse.  She decides to never get married.  Just look at her teacher Mrs. Singer.  Last year she was Miss Pace and everyone loved her.  Over the summer she ended up getting married and turning into Mrs. Singer.  Karen now has her for sixth grade and she’s a witch.  Life at home isn’t going great either.  All Karen’s parents do is fight.  They can’t stand to look at each other let alone be in the same room as each other.  Karen grades the kind of days her family has and she writes down which of her parents started the fight that day.  Her mother is very happy when her husband plans to move out and file for divorce.  Karen tries to do anything she can to get her parents back together.  Nothing works.  At her father’s apartment Karen meets a girl named Valerie and they become pretty good friends.  Valerie’s parents are also divorced and she claims to know a lot about it.  But back at home Karen’s six year old sister Amy can’t even go to sleep at night.  Karen’s fourteen year old brother is also taking it very hard (though he claims he’s fine).  He just locks himself away in his room and tries to block out the outside world while talking to friends, lifting weights, and writing music.  He later ends up having a fight with his mother in a restaurant when finding out that his father is going to move to Las Vegas so he can get a faster divorce.  Their father stays home to help look for Jeff who ran out of the restaurant after the fight and he is unable to go to Las Vegas.  Karen believes that it was Jeff’s intention to keep their father from leaving.  The police even get involved!  Jeff ends up calling the house and coming back home all on his own.  Then it happens – Karen’s mother announces that they are moving.  Great!  Karen doesn’t want to move.  Karen has got to stop this divorce.  She feels alone and only has Mew, her cat, and Garfa, her grandfather, who she writes letters to.  Although she does not manage to get her parents back together Karen gets a book all about divorce and realizes…it’s not the end of the world.

Iggie’s House and Blubber Book Summaries

Iggie's HouseBook Title:  Iggie’s House
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Winifred (Winnie) Barringer is an eleven year old girl who lives in New Jersey with her parents and her older brother Matthew.  She had a best friend who lived on Grove Street which wasn’t far from her house. Her friend’s name was Iggie.  They were the best of friends.  Winnie stayed over at Iggie’s house almost every weekend and if she wasn’t, Iggie was at her house.  Then, Iggie moved away to Tokyo.  When she did Winnie just stayed in her room.  Once she finally got up she rode to Iggie’s old house on her bike and she realized that a black family was moving in from Detroit.  She told her mom who already knew because of Mrs. Landon.  Mrs. Landon lived in the neighborhood and she was furious that a black family was moving in on an all white street.  She wanted to get a petition signed to make them move away.  Mrs. Landon did everything in her power to get the Garber’s out of the neighborhood.  They dealt with a lot of racism.

Winnie just didn’t understand why people didn’t like the Garber’s.  They were nice people.  She met the kids Glenn, Herbie, and Tina and their parents.  Shortly after they all became friends.  They even had a dog named, Woozie who was very fun to be around.  Winnie wanted to support the Garber’s so she made her own petition.  It was about feelings for black people.  She went around with it at her Aunt Myrna’s swim club.  She got one signature from Mr. Berger, the swimming instructor, who said he didn’t have a problem with black people.  When she showed Mrs. Landon, Mrs. Landon just rolled her eyes!  That very same day Glenn told her that the family was leaving.  Winnie couldn’t believe it!  Just because of a sign from Mrs. Landon put up that said that the Garber’s were not welcome there!  Winnie had to take action and she had to do it fast.  Then that night Mrs. Landon came over to the Barringer House to tell Winnie’s parents about the petition she made at the pool.  Winne’s father ended up being on Winnie’s side!  “Winnie’s petition is the same as yours.  She is as much as entitled to an opinion as you are,” he had said.  Mrs. Landon then announced that she would be moving.  Winnie was so happy.  She told the Garber’s who were even more excited.  So, at the end of the story the new family ended up staying and the mean Mrs. Land0n moved away.  It was perfect.

 

Blubber

Book Title:  Blubber
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Blubber is set in Radnor, Pennsylvania.  The main character is named Linda Fischer.  She was a little chubby, but that was beside the point.  She was giving her report on whales when a note was written by Wendy (the smart popular girl) and passed around Mrs. Minish’s fifth grade classroom.  Jill Brenner left the note on her desk.  But a kid named Robby stole it and passed it around the room.  From then on Linda’s nickname was Blubber.  Jill’s best friend, Tracey, was holding a seat for her when she got on the school bus.  The bus ride home was terrible.  Spitballs and paper planes flew all over the bus.  They were directed at Blubber.  Linda didn’t care that Wendy and her best friend, Caroline, made up a song about her.  She didn’t care that the sixth graders were in on it.  She didn’t even care that the kids played keep way with her jacket.  She just looked out the window the whole time.

Since Tracey and Jill got off at the same stop and they lived down the road from each other they decided to trade stamps and talk about Halloween.  Tracey was going to be Big Bird from Sesame Street.  Jill hadn’t decided yet and when the topic came up at the dinner table at her house, she decided right then and there that she wanted to be a flenser (which was mentioned in Linda’s report).  Her little brother, Kenny, wanted to be a witch and he thought it was dumb that his sister wanted to be a whale skinner.  Jill thought the same thing about Kenny’s choice of a witch.  Jill ended up making a pretty cool costume.  Linda hated the idea but Jill didn’t care.  She spotted Linda’s gray tooth and also got in trouble a few times by her teacher for talking.  But that wasn’t going to ruin her day.  All she cared about was winning the costume prize.  Finally, the news came and it turned out….Jill didn’t win the prize. Tracey won.  That made Jill happy, but she was still very disappointed that she didn’t win.  Mrs. Minish even made Jill do all of her math problems over again!  Jill’s day was going rotten.  In the bathroom she told Wendy and Caroline.  Then they spotted Linda/Blubber who was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood.  Wendy and Caroline held Linda down while Jill made fun of her.  She took off her cape, and lifted up her skirt.  They all threatened to strip her down.  Jill was turning into Wendy and Caroline.  On Halloween Night Jill and Tracey put rotten eggs inside of one of their neighbor’s, Mr. Machinist’s, mailbox.  They put toilet paper all over Linda’s trees.  They put Silly Sting all over her bushes.  They even wrote, ‘Blubber lives here’ all over her driveway and sidewalk with chalk.  They ran into Wendy and Caroline and showed them everything.  In music class Linda farted and for laughing Jill got in trouble.  By then, Jill absolutely hated Blubber and wanted to make her pay.  Wendy, Caroline, and Jill made fun of Linda any chance they could get.  Wendy wanted Jill to trip her, pinch her, and hold her nose when Linda passed.  They were very mean to her.  They had her show boys her underwear.  They segregated her.  They made her eat a chocolate covered ant.  Jill had to go to a friend’s bar mitzvah and Linda was there!  It was really weird.  Jill’s brother, Kenny, really liked Linda and thought she was a great friend.  When he announced that to Jill, she just changed the subject.  Jill and Tracey ended up having to rake leaves at Mr. Machinist’s house for putting eggs in his mailbox.  Jill was positive that Linda told on them!  Wendy and Caroline agreed to make her pay.  They decided to have a trial. Wendy took over.  She locked Linda in the supply closet but still didn’t give her a fair trial.  Jill unlocked the door and stood up for Linda.  After that the next day Wendy turned everyone against Jill.  They called her names and bullied her.  Linda was now Wendy’s friend.  She was in on it too.  Jill now felt what it was like to walk in Linda’s shoes.  They were about to strip Jill when she stood up to them, all of them, even Wendy who was Queen Bee.  They ended up leaving Jill alone, but what was clear when the story ended was that none of the girls had a truly safe friendship with any of the others.  They could turn on each other at any time for any reason.

 

Two Judy Blume Book Summaries – Fudge-a-mania and Double Fudge

Hi everybody.  I know, I know.  Summer is almost over!  School starts for me a week from tomorrow and I bet you thought I forgot all about my Judy Blume Summer Reading Challenge.  Well, I didn’t.  Between all those dance rehearsals for Disney World, going on vacation for over a week, and getting back and trying to catch up on everything, I admit that I’ve neglected my book summaries.  But, I haven’t neglected my reading.  I actually read each and every book like I said I would.  All I have to do is share what I’ve read with all of you.  So, here goes.

Fudge-a-ManiaBook Title:  Fudge-a-mania
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

This story is told from the perspective of Peter Hatcher again. Peter’s mother told Peter that the whole family, including Grandma Muriel, would be renting a vacation house in Maine next door to the Tubman’s.  Peter hated Shelia Tubman!  She was his sworn enemy.  Things get even worse when Peter’s five year old brother Fudge said he wanted to marry Shelia.  On the bright side, Peter’s parents said he could bring one friend with him to Maine.  Peter picked his best friend Jimmy Fargo. Jimmy’s dad said he’d drive him up there himself and campout in the area.  Peter was thrilled.  He wasn’t very happy about the drive to Maine, though.  It took ten hours. Ten hours in a car with Turtle, Fudge, Uncle Feather, Tootsie, and his parents.  Grandma Muriel flew in on an airplane.  When the Hatcher’s got to the house Peter realized that the two houses were connected.  He met Buzz Tubman’s father Buzzy Senior and the Tubman’s puppy Jake.  Peter had to share a small bedroom with Fudge who talked in his sleep.  Fudge, on the other hand, was still convinced that Shelia would marry him.  The next morning Uncle Feather was missing from his cage.  Fudge had let him out of his cage!  Shelia didn’t know he was out of his cage and she had opened all of the windows.

So, that morning Peter and Fudge set out in the fog to look for the lost bird.  When looking for the bird Peter and Fudge came to a house.  Inside was a lady.  She had them call her Mrs. A.  Fudge told her about Uncle Feather and told Peter not to talk while he helped himself to hot coco and cinnamon buns.  Mrs. A. even told Fudge about Mitzi who is her five year old granddaughter.  Once they left Mrs. A’s house Peter told Fudge that he had forgotten about his bird that they had been looking for.  Fudge just started to cry.  A few minutes after Peter and Fudge returned home, Uncle Feather flew through the house chasing Libby (Shelia’s older sister).  Everyone realized it was Uncle Feather who was chasing her!  The next day, Shelia gave Mrs. Hatcher the idea of babysitting Fudge and getting paid.  Mrs. Hatcher settled on seven dollars a day.  Peter, Fudge, and Shelia all went to the beach then they went to Mrs. A’s house where they met Mitzi.  Even though Mitzi was a girl she and Fudge became very good friends.  Peter even ended up finding out that Mitzi’s grandfather, Big Apfel, was a famous baseball player.  Mitzi revealed that there was going to be a big game on Sunday that her grandfather was going to play in.  She said that Peter could come and he was thrilled.  Once Jimmy got to Maine his father ended up staying at the Hatcher’s/Tubman’s house.  Peter took Jimmy with him to the baseball game and was unhappy that Big Apfel said that Jimmy had a lot of talent.  Jimmy didn’t even know who Big Apfel was without Peter!  Peter also swallowed a fly while on his way to the library.  He did have some fun times in Maine though.  Frank Fargo made a painting and Tootsie walked all over it.  Frank thought it was a masterpiece and he decided to start a whole line of paintings called Baby Feet.  Peter even had a good time when he went with everyone on a boat trip around the beach even though the boat almost sank.  Buzzy Senior and Grandma Muriel even got married!  All in all it was the best vacation ever!

Double FudgeBook Title:  Double Fudge
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Peter Hatcher is back in the last book of the Fudge Series.  Twelve year old Peter Hatcher’s five year old brother Farley (Fudge) is now obsessed with money.  He wants to buy out the entire Toys R Us or even New York City.  He makes his own money called Fudge Bucks.  Fudge’s new obsession is driving Peter crazy!   “It’s just a stage,” his mother says.  Money is all Fudge will talk about.  He even has a song that he made up about money!  In the shoe store Fudge wanted many pairs of shoes.  He got mad when his mother wouldn’t let him.  He didn’t understand why he couldn’t get what he wanted and why he couldn’t pay in Fudge Bucks.  He then threw a fit right in the middle of the shoe store.  When they got back to the apartment building Peter ran into his best friend Jimmy Fargo.  Jimmy told Peter that he wouldn’t be living in New York City anymore.  Jimmy’s parents are divorced and he lived with his dad.  His dad was a painter and was expanding, so he needed a bigger studio instead of their small apartment.  That’s why Jimmy was moving to SoHo.

Peter was stunned.  How could this happen, he thought?  Jimmy was still going to go to school with Peter.  He just couldn’t walk with him every day.  Jimmy was going to be taking the subway instead.  Once Jimmy moves out a girl Fudge’s age named Melissa moves in.  They instantly become friends and find out they are in the same Mixed Group which meant they were ready to read and write, but they were too young for First Grade.  Peter was stunned, again.  Fudge even made another friend who was rich.  That’s mostly why Fudge liked him, because he was rich. Peter got the chance to go to Jimmy Fargo’s new loft in SoHo.  His dad had to take him because his mom was working and so Fudge and Tootsie had to go too.  Fudge lost his shoe on the subway and got a cheap one (that was a totally different shoe).  Peter did have fun at the Fargo’s though.  The next day another pair of shoes was bought for Fudge.  Fudge’s money obsession was getting worse and the school counselor even called Fudge’s parents to a meeting to discuss if they had financial problems.  How embarrassing!  It was Grandma Muriel who said it would be a great idea to take Fudge to Washington D.C. to see how money was made.  So off they went.  Grandma Muriel stayed behind and watched Tootsie.  They rode the subway there.  Fudge loved the tour and the gift shop.  In the gift shop the Hatcher’s discovered some relatives from Hawaii.  They were from Peter’s dad’s side.  One of the kid’s was even named Farley and they called him Fudge too.  Fudge hated that he had a cousin with the same name as him.  Cousins Fauna and Flora were Peter’s age and they were twin sisters.  They sang in the gift shop and made a huge scene.  Everyone loved them.  They were well known in Hawaii, apparently.  Cousin Howie was the father and Cousin Eudora was the mother.  Both families went out for ice cream after.  They all went back to the Hatcher’s apartment back in New York City and they stayed there.  It was Cousin Howie’s idea, of course.  The entire family hogged the TV because they didn’t have one back in Hawaii.  They were driving Peter crazy.  Fauna and Flora had to go to Peter’s school.  They embarrassed him by singing all over school.  They were very popular and Shelia Tubman, Peter’s sworn enemy, was best friends with them.  Uncle Feather (Fudge’s pet bird) broke his wing.  Finally, the Hatcher’s of Hawaii moved out.  But they moved in next door and decided to stay there until the people they were renting from came back from vacation.  On Halloween both of the Fudge’s dressed as Miser’s.  Melissa was Hermione from Harry Potter.  Fudge’s friend, Melissa, lost her cat and both Fudges’ got stuck on the apartment elevator with an old neighbor, Olivia Osterman.  They finally got out!  After Halloween the weather turned very cold.  There was a big dinner held at the Hatcher’s.  The Cousins came and so did Mrs. Osterman.  Fudge finally lost his tooth and the other Fudge ate it.  Peter told Fudge how he ate his turtle back when he was in fourth grade.  Fudge already knew the story but he still nodded and ended up writing a letter to the tooth fairy explaining the situation.  He found Peter’s old teeth in his parent’s room.  That night Peter tucked them under his pillow.