*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story about our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here. Enjoy!
Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn, and…The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; but he did not like to get lost. Here is his story:
Baby Frederico and his parents loved maps. They loved treasure maps and city maps, state maps and country maps, world maps and maps of the moon’s craters and maps of the stars in the sky, google maps and yahoo maps, history maps, book maps, even those big, colorful maps at the local shopping mall. Mamma Mia and Papa Frita would often say to Baby Frederico, “We love maps because getting lost is one thing, but staying lost is another.” This family loved maps!
The first map Baby Frederico ever loved was a big drawing of a magical world that had been painted across the entire wall of the waiting room at the doctor’s office. It was colored in black and white and inhabited by a dozen different roads and castles and caves and mysterious animals and other unusual characters. He loved to start at the bottom left corner of the wall and carefully choose which path he could trace with his finger that might lead to the monstrous dragon’s lair or the distant field of gold coins that lay beyond one of the massive castles and its alligator-filled moats.
After he learned to read, his Papa Frita bought him wonderful map-filled books like Winnie the Pooh and his 100 acre wood, Treasure Island and its eerie pirate treasure map, The Hobbit and his ancient Middle-Earth world that stretched from the Shire to the land of Mordor, and My Father’s Dragon and his Island of Tangerina.
Baby Frederico and his Mamma Mia would spend Saturday afternoons at the kitchen table drawing grand maps of other favorite books like Where the Wild Things Are, The Hardy Boys and the Secret of Skull Mountain, A-Z Mysteries’ The Deadly Dungeon, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan in Scarlet.
Maps helped Baby Frederico understand things – from where he was to where he wanted to go, which way and how long it might take to get there, and how to not stay lost. Whenever he was away at camp or on a long band trip at school or just feeling worried about tomorrow’s tests, his Mamma and his Papa always reminded him to draw it out on a map – just so he could remember where he was headed.
And as he grew, he learned that no matter the easy or tough or narrow or crooked or funny or scary paths that popped up around him, whether in his family or at school or among his friends…he could always remember, “Getting lost is one thing, but STAYING lost is another.”