Dad was going to be in charge. It happened a lot nowadays, because Kitty's Mum's new job meant that sometimes she had to work on Saturdays. Once they got used to it, Kitty and Daniel didn't mind. They always had fun with Dad.
This Saturday morning, Mum said, There's plenty of salad in the fridge for lunch, and I want you to eat it up.
The children groaned.
Rabbit food, said Daniel.
I don't want to eat silly, slimy salad, said Kitty.
Can't we have something else? they moaned.
But Mum had become very keen on really healthy eating. She said, It's good for you all - but if you want something hot to go with it, Dad can cook you some rice. But remember, NO biscuits. They're bad for your teeth.
They groaned even more loudly. But Mum took no notice, and left.
Dad said, Better do as we're told, kids.
Kitty stuck out her teeth, held two fingers above her head like ears and hopped around. I'll turn into a bunny if I eat any more lettuce, Dad! she said.
He laughed, and sent them out into the garden to play while he did the washing up.
The morning passed quickly. Daniel and Kitty played hide-and-seek with William and Sally, the children next door, until heavy clouds made the sky dark.
It's going to rain, said Sally. Come in for a snack.
Her mother gave them a plate of chocolate biscuits to share, and glasses of lemonade. Daniel winked at Kitty.
As lunch-time came near they decided they should go home. It had stopped raining, but the air was damp and cold. Lovely weather for salad, Kitty groaned.