Magnus is enjoying some wonderful new outdoor sports! He has learned to throw a ball (a little ways, anyway... his specialty is those wicked curve-balls!) and the neighbors' chocolate lab Elwood is an obsessed retriever so they get quite a game going! Magnus throws the ball WAY out there, like about 3 feet or so, and Elwood energetically fetches it and drops the slime covered ball back beside Magnus. (Or in his lap, whatever he thinks will work best.) They are quite a team!
Magnus' other cool new sport is one he came up with himself - it's called rock-licking. The object of the game is to find a smooth white rock & hold it until you think mom isn't looking and then you take a lick! If mom is looking (and she always is! silly boy!) then she cries foul and Magnus loses a point. He then drops his rock as quickly as possible before getting disqualified and searches the driveways for another equally smooth and round white stone... and hence begins another round of rock-licking! Magnus declares it's the coolest game ever, and says that you simply MUST try it!