Cindy and Jim Green live in a lovely old house with a big garden in an idyllic small town. Jim works at the pencil factory, while Cindy works at the pencil museum, and their families live nearby. But what they want more than anything is a child. They've tried everything, but to their utter sadness, they can't seem to conceive.
Returning home from their final visit to the doctor, Cindy and Jim resolve to move on, but not until one last night of bittersweet dreaming about what their kid would be like. He'd be funny, but not mean; honest to a fault; a Picasso with a pencil; not athletic, but with one shining moment on the soccer field. He'd love and be loved. He'd be the greatest kid. They write all of these attributes down on scraps of paper and put it in a wooden box, then bury the box in the backyard.
What they don't bargain for is what happens next: Timothy appears, ten years old, having all the attributes of "their kid" and calling them Mom and Dad. Could it be? Is this kid for them? If so, they're going to give him the perfect childhood, with wonderful opportunities, a loving family, and all the support he needs to flourish. Even if it appears he came from … the garden. (The leaves growing from around his ankles are a pretty good clue.)
Timothy is enrolled in school and makes a friend—Joni, who has a creative spirit and some oddities of her own—and brings joy to everyone he encounters, from Cindy's grumpy boss to his ailing Uncle Bub to his own parents. He has all the attributes Cindy and Jim wanted for their own kid. And so he becomes part of the town.
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The Odd Life of Timothy Green
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