By Jenna Kennedy (Beth’s daughter)
From Laura Alden’s Murder at the PTA
Hi! I’m Jenna. My mom is Beth Kennedy. She owns the Children’s Bookshelf – that’s a kid’s bookstore in Rynwood, Wisconsin – and now she’s doing stuff for the PTA, too. She was supposed to write this, but she says it’s a good opportunity for me to do some writing, that I’m a good writer and should practice more.
Riight. I think she’s just busy and wants one less thing to do. You know, she could tell me she’s busy and I’d be okay with doing something to help her out, but since I’m only ten, she thinks I’m too young to understand.
I don’t think moms remember what it’s like to be ten. Dads probably don’t either, but I don’t know as much about dads. My mom and dad got divorced last year. It didn’t bother me much since Dad was always gone on business anyway, but my little brother Oliver (he’s only 7) is back to sleeping with all his stuffed animals. And I mean ALL of them.
Oh, yeah. Mom said I should introduce myself. Umm…I’m in fifth grade and I’ve been playing soccer since I was a little kid. First I was a center, then the goalie quit and I said I’d try it. I looove playing goal. The best is when someone on the other team breaks away and runs straight at me and it’s all up to me to stop her from scoring. I like that part a lot. Well, not when they score on me. That part stinks. So I try not to let that happen very often.
I haven’t told mom yet, but what I really want to do is play hockey. I already know how to skate, and I already know how to be a goalie, so it shouldn’t take me long to learn, right? And the rules for hockey look a lot like the rules for soccer. Easy-peasy!
Hey, do you think Evan – that’s my mom’s new friend – plays hockey? If he does, do you think he’d teach me? That’d be really cool!