277. The Doctor’s Almost Perfect Children
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Veronica was an only child. Even as a
, she decided that she was going to be
doctor. All her dolls became her patients. All
dollhouses became hospitals for her patients. She spent
early childhood treating her patients for all kinds
diseases and injuries. She saved all of them
billed none of them.
Veronica got straight A’s
high school and college, because she knew that
grades would help her get into a good
school. She graduated from medical school near the
of her class. She became a pediatrician. She
married and had two kids, one boy and
girl. Veronica’s husband David was an architect and
great cook. Her children did their homework without
told. They got straight A’s in school. They
all their vegetables without complaining. They were perfect
children, except for one thing: They argued with
Veronica got home at 4:30 p.m.
. David gave her a big kiss and a
. Then her kids gave her a kiss and
hug. She went upstairs and changed into shorts
a T-shirt. When she returned, the kids were
for her in the living room to talk
their day in school.
Marvin, 10, said that
his biology teacher helped them cut up dead
. They smelled bad, but he enjoyed seeing their
body parts, like their lungs and heart. “I
biology,” Marvin said. “I want to be a
, an animal doctor, and an inventor when I
up. I’m going to invent a pill so
animals all learn to live together without eating
other all the time.”
“You’re crazy!” exclaimed Rebecca. “
are the animals going to eat if they
’t eat each other?”
“You don’t know anything. You’re
girl and you’re only nine,” taunted Marvin.
polite to your sister,” Veronica admonished.
said. “I apologize, dear little sister.”
very sincere, mommy,” Rebecca complained.
“Okay, here’s how
’ll keep the animals from eating each other. I
thought of that, of course. The solution is
pill that will make all animals like to
grass, like the cows and sheep do. That
no more animals will eat each other, and
won’t have to mow the lawn any more.
, that will kill two birds with one stone.”
, that’s very clever,” Veronica told Marvin.
about your day, Rebecca,” Veronica said.
know, mommy, I’m going to be a real
like you, not a mad scientist like somebody
know,” Rebecca started, and then stuck her tongue
at her brother.