Kitty's Picnic by
It was a fine spring morning, and
Kitty sat at the window looking
out at the green fields and the
trees with their young leaves, and
far, far beyond these to some towers
that looked small in the distance,
but when you came close to them
you found that they belonged to a
grand old castle in ruins.
This castle Kitty had long wished
to see, for she had heard so much
about it; and to-day she was
thinking very much about it, for she
knew that there was going to be a
great picnic, to which her cousins
were going, and Kitty wished she
were going also, but she had not
been invited. As she gazed out
of the window she saw several
carriages full of people on their
way to the picnic. Then the tears
came into Kitty's eyes, and she
dropped the book she was
holding in her hand, and opened the
window so that she might see the
carriages more clearly. They were
going very quickly, and Kitty could
hear the people laughing and
talking as she watched them out of sight.
She gave a great sigh.
'How much I should like to
go!' she said, half aloud.
Just then the door opened, and
her Uncle George walked into the room.
'Why, Uncle George, where have
you come from?' said Kitty,
jumping up. 'I thought you were not
coming home till next week.'
'I came home last night,' said
Uncle George, 'but I did not
expect to find you here. I thought
you would be going to the picnic.'
'I should like to go,' said Kitty,
'but I was not invited. I do not
know Mrs. Somers.'
'Neither do I,' said Uncle George;
'but suppose we have a little picnic
of our own, Kitty? I have got my
dog-cart at the door, and there is
room in the castle grounds for a
dozen picnic parties; and we should
not take up much room.'
Kitty clapped her hands.
'Put on your hat, then, and we
will go,' said Uncle George. 'My
little Kitty shall see the castle, and
climb the ruins.'
'Oh, Uncle George, how good
you are!' said Kitty, as they drove
along. 'I never thought I should
be so happy as I am to-day.'
'But, Kitty,' said Uncle George
very gravely, 'I am afraid it can't
be quite a picnic, for we have
brought nothing to eat with us.
What shall we do?'
'I shan't mind,' said Kitty; 'but
I am afraid that you will be hungry,
Uncle George smiled.
'Well, we won't be starved,
Kitty; there is a nice little country
inn close by, where I put up my
horse, and I daresay we shall
manage to get something there.'
And so they did; and Kitty saw
the old castle, and when she drove
home she said it was the happiest
day she had ever spent.