My Old Bike – Spring Break

Spring Break

Every kid dreams of going to Disney Land or Disney World. Frankie gets to go with his friend that is a girl!

Moral of the Story

Good things happen to good people.

Some people believe in Karma, and others subscribe to "Do unto others." I accept the golden rule of humanity as "Be good to your fellow people."

Talking Points

  1. How did Frankie's mom know that Scrawny Ronnie had done something wrong?
  2. Could Frankie have done anything differently to help his friend when Scrawny Ronnie took the cookies?
    The chapter Cookie Caper in the book titled Scrawny Ronnie looks at what Scrawny Ronnie did and what it cost him in the end.
  3. What sort of things might have Frankie's dad said to his son regarding manners and women?
  4. Discuss what it means to be a good guest.
    For example, making your bed, keeping your room neat, and doing the dishes.
    The chapter House Guest touches on this topic in the book titled Scrawny Ronnie.
  5. Why did Pretty Paulette grab Frankie's hand?


All definitions may be found at

  1. Mannerism
    A habitual gesture or way of speaking or behaving; an idiosyncrasy.
  2. Maternal
    Relating to a mother, especially during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth.
  3. Instinct
    An innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to certain stimuli.
  4. Opportunity
    A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.
  5. Reassure
    Say or do something to remove the doubts and fears of someone.
  6. Apparently
    As far as one knows or can see.
  7. Stewardess
    A woman who is employed to provide meals for and otherwise look after the passengers on a ship or aircraft.
  8. Statistics
    The practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a representative sample.

Personal Note

My parents did not have much money so the idea of going to Walt Disney World for spring break was never in the realm of possibilities. Instead, my family was big on camping, boating, and fishing.

I am a bit better off financially than my parents were back in the 1960's and 1970's. This enabled me to take my kids, when they were young, to Disney World, Sea World, and Bush Gardens, etc, etc.

However, both of my boys have since made it abundantly clear that they would rather spend family time on our cheap old boat then go to an expensive amusement park. I must be doing something right. Or is it that my parents taught me well?

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