A Snippet From Chewy Chester (For Alex)
A snippet from Chewy Chester Meets Wallis Worm
Chewy has a real name. It is Chester Davies. When he was a baby he had a soft blue blanket when he snuggled it he liked to chew the corner. One day his Daddy called him baby Chewy and from that day Chester had a new name. Chewy Chester. Grandma, Nanny and both his Grandfather’s called him Chewy. When he started school, he forgot his real name and told the class his name was Chewy. Mrs Dixon his teacher said she was going to call him Chester because that was the name on the register. His teacher never breaks rules.
At first his friends all called him Chewy Chester, but now they just call out, "Hey Chewy are you playing football with us?" or “Hey Chewy, want a cookie?”
Chewy didn't mind what people called him, but he didn't like it when Mrs Dixon or Mummy called him, Chester Davies Junior in a serious voice. It meant he was in trouble.
Today his Mummy shouted in a loud voice, "Chester Davies come here now.
When he ran downstairs and into the kitchen where his Mummy was standing, he could see why she was angry. Chewy had not wiped his feet properly on the mat. He had run so fast from the garden straight into the house, up the stairs and into his bedroom, he forgot to wipe his feet. When he ran through the damp grass his green wellington boots got muddy and he left footprints everywhere.
"I’m sorry Mummy. I was in a hurry because I wanted to get something for my new den". Chewy was sad. He doesn't like making his Mummy angry.
His Mummy has pretty eyes and they sparkle when she is happy. When she laughs the skin around them creases up into little lines. When she is mad, her eyes look plain blue without the sparkle. He looked for sparkles but he couldn't see any. He stared and stared. Mummy then got a lot of lines on the top of her head, the big part above her eyes.
"You have been told time and time again about your boots young man. What are you supposed to do with them?"
Chewy looked down at his feet and thought for a moment. Then he remembered. "I must wipe the mud off by the back door and take my boots off. Then I must put my boots in the shoe cupboard. Sorry mummy, I forgot."
His mummy bent down and looked into his face. She had a few sparkles in her eyes now and Chewy was glad about that. She touched his nose with hers, then kissed his cheek.
"It is a good job I don't forget to cook your dinner or you would be hungry all day long. Now run along and remember the rules about boots in the house."
"There you go men, don't let strangers come inside. This is your new job. "He placed the soldiers on a stone each, either side of where he wanted the entrance to be, the doorway to his secret hideaway.
Chewy loves his house and he really loves his garden. Their house has a big garden with a long path down the middle. One side was made tidy for his mummy to grow pretty flowers. On the other side daddy likes to grow vegetables for their dinner. At the very bottom of the garden there is a shed and behind the shed was left for Chewy to play whatever he wanted. It is an exciting place to play adventure games.This is the place Mummy says needs a good tidy up and made pretty. Daddy said it is a place for Chewy to play, he said pretty gardens were for girls to sit in and make daisy chains. A boy needed a place to run and investigate.
In his adventure garden he has a sandpit. His mummy made it for him last summer. It has a little wooden fence to keep the sand safe, and a big blue plastic cover to stop the rain getting in and washing the sand away. He was five in the summer and had a birthday party in the garden. He had a paddling pool and his friends came for tea. They made sand pies and splashed each other. His best friend Jack, got into trouble from his mummy because he took a bucket of water to the pretty garden. He swung it around and splashed all the mummies and daddies when they were eating birthday cake.
There is a big rope swing hanging off of a big chestnut tree. Chewy loves to swing high and try to reach the clouds.
His daddy brought the rope home from the shipping yard where he works. Chewy's house is near the sea. He can see where his daddy works from his bedroom window. His daddy works on a big ship, Chewy thinks he might be a pirate but he doesn't have a parrot or a patch on his eye. His daddy laughs when Chewy tells his friend, "My daddy is a pirate on a big ship".