I have a bit of a soft spot for these two now, & I picture them as a bit of a quirky, slightly eccentric couple. (A bit like myself & my husband)
Once upon a time, on a sunny day in Sylvania...
"Why on earth did I let you talk me into riding right up the top of the bus! It's so windy & im sure I'll catch my death of cold!" Said Mabel Periwinkle
"Mabel, dearest, you said you couldn't stand the noise of all those children on the lower level. You practically begged me to help you up here! Remember?!" Replied Mack.
"Did I?" Said Mabel
Mack sighed. Sometimes Mabel was a bit difficult & changed her mind often, but he loved her anyway. There were so many times that Mabel was a caring, patient soul, that when she did have a difficult mood it didn't matter so much.
Meanwhile at the new Slydale Hollow bus stop...
Smokey & Flora Wildwood, and Cliff & Pearl Babblebrook were waiting for the Periwinkles arrival.
They hadn't seen Mack & Mabel in years, & had planned to get all the "senior" citizens of Slydale Hollow together for a welcome drink down at the Harvester Restaurant. Smokey Wildwood was especially excited as Manel was his cousin & he had very few older relations left (as can happen when you grow older). As they were waiting Alex Periwinkle & his family came walking up
"Yes, both Katie & I are really looking forward to it. This will be the first time they meet little Isobel" replied Alex
"It would also be good to have someone to watch the children & give us the chance to spend time together." Remarked Katie.
"You do look like you need a bit of a break Katie, would you like me to take the children to the playground while we wait." asked Flora Wildwood
"Flora, that would be lovely. But don't you get worn out be around children all the time? You live with your son Herb & his family don't you?"
"Katie, don't you worry your pretty head about me. I enjoy being around young children, & my daughter in law Ginger makes sure I don't have to do too much at home."
And with that Flora took the off to play.
"Thanks heaps for coming Uncle Smokey. I'm sure Mother will be pleased to see you when she arrives."
"No worries, Alex. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I haven't seen cousin Mabel in way too long. Plus I have a feeling Mack will need a bit of a break from her after the long bus ride" chuckled Smokey
"I think I can see them! I can see the bus!! Yay!" Cried Rebecca from the top of the playground
Everybody waited for the first glimpse of the bus.
It was here! The first official bus trip to Slydale Hollow! Mack & Mabel could see their friends & relations waiting for them. The Babblebrooks were so excited they had to sit down!
"Now Mabel, my dear, let me go down first so I can help you down those steps"
"Of course I will Mack, I don't fancy tumbling down them"
"Mother! Father! What on earth possessed you to sit at the top of the bus!!" Cried Alex
"The view, of course" replied Mack with a wink
"Here, Mrs. Periwinkle allow me to help you down." Said Stan the bus driver, " I have experience get up & down these steps."
"Why yes of course" said Mabel, but as soon as the words were out of her mouth she slipped, & luckily Driver Stan caught her.
"Oh my, oh my, oh my" muttered Mabel as Mack & Katie led her to the bench.
Mabel promptly lay down on the bench & puffed & panted like she was going into hysterics. But just then a little face appeared right next to hers.
"I kiss it. I make it better Granny!"
It was Baby Isobel, Mabel's newest grandchild. Mabel cheered up immediately.
"Come along Mabel, you've had worse slips than that." said the familiar voice of her cousin Smokey. "Remember when we were children & you used to climb the apple trees in your father orchard..."
"Are you talking about the time Mabel ended catching her skirt on a branch, then slipped & you left her hanging there!" Said Mack
"I had to go get help, & if I remember correctly you were too busy rolling around laughing!" Replied Smokey
Mack & Mabel spent the rest of the day reminiscing about younger years, & getting to know their grandchildren better.
And now here they are. The Periwinkle rabbits.