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Always Before Me!



Always Before Me!
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     challenging words:    room, brushed, lines, tears, almost, back, bathroom, beside, born, brush, busy, cake, cheek, circus, close, clover


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Always Before Me!
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     Kendra ran to her room. She was crying. It wasn't fair! Kaylee always got to do things first. Now she was going to Grandma's house first. It just wasn't fair.
 
2     Kendra flopped on her bed. She cried for a long time. Then she got up from the bed. She sat down at her desk. She made a list of all the times Kaylee had been first. This is the list she made:
Kaylee was born first.
Kaylee got the first tooth.
Kaylee talked first.
Kaylee learned to write her name first.
Kaylee went to school first. Kaylee learned to read first.
Kaylee took swimming lessons first.
Kaylee learned to sing first.
Kaylee found the first four-leafed clover.
Kaylee made a cake first.
Kaylee learned to tell time first.
Kaylee spent the night at Grandma's first.
Kaylee went to the circus first.
 
3     And now Kaylee was going to Grandma's house first! It just wasn't fair! The tears made little lines down Kendra's face.
 
4     I wish I could be first just one time, Kendra thought. Just one time. It won't ever happen, though. Kaylee is always before me! She started to cry again.
 
5     Kendra's father came into her room.
 
6     "Kendra, I know you want to go to Grandma's house. You will go next week. Why are you crying?"
 
7     "Because Kaylee is always before me," she said. "She is always first. Just look at all the times she has been first!" She gave the list to her father.
 
8     Kendra's father read the list. "Kendra," he said, "go wash your face and brush your teeth. When you come back, we will talk."
 
9     Kendra went into the bathroom. She washed her face and brushed her teeth. She went back to her room.

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