*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 way it sounded to say “Pottawatomie County”; but he did not like to lose. Here is his story:
Five, four, three, two, one…go! The race was finally on and Baby Frederico’s heart was beating faster than ever. He and his best buddy Grenelda had been waiting for this Saturday race all week long and it was finally time to see who would win.
The cars had been lined up perfectly along the starting line of the bright orange tracks that Baby Frederico and Grenelda had set up along the long hallway at his house. They loved this hallway. It had been a bowling alley, a Nerf bow and arrow target course, an air-powered balloon/water bottle car testing facility, an art center, a paper airplane race course – and today it was the perfect spot for their long-awaited Hot Wheels race. It included six long lanes of ramps and loops to guide their favorite cars from his toy chest at one end of the hallway straight into the winner’s circle at the other end of the hallway. They had even found a way to use Grenelda’s old girly-looking Barbie swimming pool, which they placed just beyond the final ramp so each car would make a massive, spectacular, wonderful, wet splashdown at the end of the great race.
Baby Frederico was certain he would win. It was his racetrack and his cars and besides, Grenelda was a girl. She couldn’t win a race with Hot Wheels, especially with the car she had chosen – an old pink and purple van that Baby Frederico had received from his grandma (who clearly did not understand that he would never like anything that was purple or pink). Baby Frederico had tried to throw it away, but his Momma Mia found it in the trash and had scolded him for not taking better care of his gifts.
So now here he was with his favorite Hot Wheel, his best buddy Grenelda who was using his least favorite Hot Wheel, and he was about to win a good old-fashioned race! And then….it happened. At the very last moment, just ahead of the final ramp that would catapult him into the winner’s circle that was Grenelda’s Barbie swimming pool…the pink and purple car jumped ahead and landed square in the middle of the splashing water of that pool and, horror of all horrors, she had won the race.
It was too terrible for Baby Frederico to comprehend. He hated losing, especially to a girl using a purple and pink Hot Wheel, and now….he had lost. What would he do next? Smile and congratulate his best buddy? Jump up and down and yell and scream and accuse her of cheating? And what in the world would Grenelda do? Would she be so proud of her win that she would call Baby Frederico the biggest loser ever? Or would she just think that he was the sorest loser ever? What do you think Baby Frederico should do (or not do!)? Stay tuned next week, same website, same weekday, same best buddies and find out!