On Finding Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

“Oh, no! Where is it? It has to be here!”  I say loudly, trying to awaken my napping husband. I find a flashlight and continue to scan the bookshelves for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. “Where are you hiding, Lilly?” I say a little louder.

Now I am practically shouting. “Ralph!  I cannot find Lilly!”

He wakes up from his short nap a little disoriented. “Willie?” he asks.

“No! Lilly!  It’s a children’s book. I need it tomorrow. Please help me look.” We continue to search the shelves. No luck. “Call Barnes & Noble.”  I have to have it. My husband obliges. When someone answers, he repeats my request.

“They are looking.”  We wait and wait. Finally, “No?  Exton has it? Thank you.” My husband knows the drill. He calls the Exton store. I am still searching. “Yes, you have it?”  Ralph says into the phone.

“Here it is!” I shout with joy. “I found Lilly!”

“Aaaaaaaah, thanks very much.  I don’t think we’ll be needing it after all.” Big sigh from my husband.

“Is that a sigh of relief because now you won’t have to drive all the way to Exton?” My husband does not answer. He’s already back on the couch with arms folded across his chest and eyes closed.

No matter. I am holding Lilly in my arms!Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse


13 thoughts on “On Finding Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

  1. I love how you know Ralph will be ready to help you. That’s true commitment right there. Glad you found Lily, but if you had to go to Exton, I would have fed you!

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  2. Lots of fun to read, because we all love Lilly and she needs to be found. One of my favourite books. I don’t know how many times I’ve had searches like that, probably at least twice today, but my husband is not nearly as patient as yours!

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  3. Oh this very scene has played out here. Perhaps,in this very week. Currently it’s Sheila Rae the Brave, though yesterday it was tops and Bottoms. Sadly Amazon gets a lot of business and I do own several copies of Those Shoes.

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  4. When I read the first line I was worried that maybe I have it in my classroom with an armful of books you left there a couple of months ago. I think I’d better get them back to you so you don’t have another crisis. Poor Ralph!

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